The Ukrainian ambassador to the Holy See assures that the daughter of the Russian philosopher was not “innocent for being one of the main ideologues of the war”
Numerous have been the testimonies of the Pope about the war that has been waged in Ukraine for six months now. Half a year in which hundreds of people have died and thousands have been forced to move to neighboring countries to flee from the continuous bombing. During this long time of suffering, the Pontiff, among other international figures, has repeatedly declared his desire to stop the armed conflict and find peace through dialogue. A goal shared by many. But his latest speech has drawn criticism.
After the bomb attack on the vehicle of President Vladimir Putin’s ideologue Alexánder Dúguin, in which his daughter Daria died, was revealed, the Pope condemned the murder of the “poor girl” and affirmed that it is another “victim innocent” of the contest. “I think of the poor girl who had a bomb explode under the seat of a car in Moscow. The innocent pay for the war”, the Pontiff expressed with regret during the general audience this Wednesday.
From the Vatican he has asked for prayers “for peace for the beloved Ukrainian people who have suffered the horror of war for six months” and denounced that “those who benefit from the arms trade are criminals who kill humanity.”
His words have sparked criticism, such as those of the Ukrainian ambassador to the Vatican, Andrii Yurash, who stated on Twitter that “you cannot speak in the same categories about aggressor and victim”, since Dúguina was not “innocent for being one of the main ideologues of war. She was not alone there, she also accused the Kremlin of having committed the crime. “She was killed by the Russians as a holy victim.”
Today’s speech of Pope was disappointing & made me think about many things: can’t speak in Same categories about Aggressor & Victim, Rapist and Raped; howPossible To Mention 1of ideologists of🇷🇺ImperialismAs innocent victim?She wasKilledBy russiansAsSacredVictim &isNowOn Shield ofWar pic.twitter.com/GvvM7zJDCa
Andrii Yurash (@AndriiYurash) August 24, 2022
He also took a position against the Polish journalist Tomasz Terlikowski, who argued on his Twitter account that “many Ukrainian girls have died, many have been cruelly raped. Francisco did not despair of any of them, and they had lives, families, plans…». “For his death, as for that of Ukrainian women and children (whose death for Dúguina was an acceptable and even necessary price for the construction of the imperial world of Russia), it is not the arms dealers who are responsible, but the one with whom Francis wants to meet and who does not mention, “added the freelancer.
No meeting with Kirill
Terlikowski refers to the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow Kirill, with whom the Pope was scheduled to meet next month. “Ukrainians and Ukraine mean less to him than Russia and Russians. An empire more important than a people fighting for freedom. Bad and inconsistent policy,” criticized the Polish journalist.
However, the meeting between the two religious leaders will not take place. According to the Ria Novosti news agency, Kirill announced yesterday that he will not travel to Kazakhstan to attend the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, to be held on September 14-15, where Bergoglio was also scheduled to attend. The meeting between the two “cannot take place, even if it is an event as important as this congress,” said the head of the Department of Foreign Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Antonio de Volokolamsk. “It must become an independent event due to its special importance.”
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