Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
C. Rubini CTC, Vatican News
“We must always engage in dialogue, because always through dialogue we can change things,” Pope Francis said while speaking to reporters on a flight from Kazakhstan to Rome last week. He was talking about the Holy See’s diplomatic mission, particularly Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday, provided further evidence of that guiding principle. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Cardinal Parolin calls for a ban on nuclear testing
Established in 2022 The cardinal also spoke at the 10th meeting of the Friends of CTBT, which includes Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. On that occasion, he said, “As global tensions rise and we hear threatening discourse about the use of nuclear weapons, it is more critical than ever to bring the CTBT (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty) into force.”
Peace begins when weapons fall silent
Cardinal Parole’s statement echoes Pope Francis’ countless calls for disarmament. Even on Wednesday, during a public meeting, Pope Francis reiterated his closeness and support for the Ukrainian people. The Pope described them as “nobles and martyrs”.
Wondering how some people “think of nuclear weapons” in “this tragic war”, the Pope described it as “madness”.
The Pope also shared with those present the account of Cardinal Konrad Kraiowski, a benefactor of the Pope’s sub-operations, who had recently returned from war-torn Ukraine.
“Cardinal Krajewski told me about the agony of this people, the atrocities they were going through, the demonization and the tortured bodies they were finding,” the pope revealed.
“Let us not forget: Peace is only possible when weapons fall silent and dialogue begins!” Papa re-emphasized the only path ahead of us, indicating that