In an interview published on Tuesday, the pope told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, “I talked with him for 40 minutes through Zoom.” “For the first 20 minutes with a card in hand, he read to me all the justifications for war.”
“I asked and told him: I do not understand anything about this,” Pope said. “Brother, we are not state clergy, we cannot use the language of politics, but we cannot use the language of Jesus.”
The patriots cannot turn themselves into Putin’s sacrificial boy, “said Pope Benedict XVI.
Francis said the conference call with Grill took place on March 16, and he and the Patriots agreed to postpone the scheduled meeting in Jerusalem until June 14.
“This is our second face-to-face meeting and has nothing to do with the war,” Pope said. “But for now, he agrees: let’s stop, that might be a vague signal.”
In March the Grill Patriot Grill said the conflict was an extension of the fundamental cultural conflict between the wider Russian world and Western liberal values, which is exemplified by expressions of gay pride.
Experts say Grill’s views provide an insight into Putin’s great spiritual vision of his return to the Russian Empire, where the Orthodox religion plays a key role.
But the stern stance of the Russian patriot loses his followers.
In March, the Russian Orthodox Church in Amsterdam announced that it was severing ties with the president and joining the growing number of priests and churches abandoning Moscow in the war in Ukraine.
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