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Newsline: Vatican’s top diplomat offers mediation to end ‘war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine’

Pope Francis’s top diplomat on Monday confirmed what many suspected: The Vatican is ready to “facilitate dialogue” between Russia and Ukraine to “avoid any escalation, stop the clashes and negotiate” amidst what he called “a military attack.” “Above all, the military attack must stop immediately. We are all witnesses to its tragic consequences,” Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, told a handful of Italian newspapers. He said the Vatican believes that “despite the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine” there is “always room for negotiations.” (https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2022/02/vaticans-top-diplomat-offers-mediation-to-end-war-unleased-by-russia-against-ukraine) Parolin also said that the possibility of the conflict that began when Russia attacked Ukraine spreading to other European countries would be a “gigantic catastrophe,” the prospect of which makes one “shudder,” and an outcome “that unfortunately,” cannot “be completely excluded.”

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