Pope Francis has reiterated his availability to travel to Ukraine, although he has said that he is waiting for “the right moment”, when a Ukrainian boy asked him about it during a meeting of the pontiff with a group of young people in the Vatican.

“I think a lot about the children of the Ukraine, and that is why I have sent some cardinals to help there and be close to all the people, but especially the children. I would like to go to the Ukraine; only I have to wait for the moment to do it, you know, because it is not easy to make a decision that can do more harm to the whole world than good. I have to find the right moment to do it”, the pope responded to a Ukrainian refugee child who asked him, during a meeting in the courtyard of San Dámaso, that when he was going to go to kyiv.

Francisco has stressed that at the moment the situation is not safe and has announced that next week he will meet with representatives of the Ukrainian government, with whom, among other things, he will also discuss the possibility of a trip to the country at war.

Both the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the mayor of kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, have invited the pontiff to travel to the country, a visit that Francis has reiterated on numerous occasions that he is willing to make, as part of his availability to help in whatever is in his power to end the war.

Since the war began on February 24, Francis has made several calls for it to stop, has shown his willingness to “do everything” to help find a solution to the conflict, and has sent several cardinals to show his closeness to the Ukrainian people.

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