Pope Francis is forced to postpone his visits because of this

Pope Francis is forced to postpone his visits because of this


Pope Francis has announced that he will not be able to visit Moscow and Kyiv, nor will he be able to attend a meeting of religious leaders in Kazakhstan. The Pope is forced to postpone his visits due to health problems.

On the recommendation of his doctor, Pope Francis will not be able to visit Moscow and Kyiv, but also will not be able to participate in a meeting of religious leaders in Kazakhstan that will take place from September 13 to 15, because of a knee problem, he said in an interview with CNN Portugal.

Pope Francis postponed his visits to Russia and Ukraine

Specifically, in an excerpt published on the station’s website, Pope Francis was asked about his previously announced plans to visit Ukraine and Russia, following his recent trip to Canada to promote dialogue to end hostilities between the two countries.

In his statements, “Now I can’t go, because after the trip to Canada there was a small setback with the recovery of the knee, and the doctor forbade it, saying ‘You can’t travel to Kazakhstan.’

But we kept in touch by phone. Between all of us, something could be done. I follow the situation with my pain and my prayers.

But the situation is truly tragic. I always believe that by having a dialogue, we move forward,” said Pope Francis, according to Reuters.

Pope Francis wants to promote peace between Russia and Ukraine

In an exclusive interview in July, Pope Francis also denied rumors that he had cancer, joking that his doctors “didn’t tell him anything about it.” He gave details for the first time about his knee condition, which has prevented him from performing some duties.

At the time, Pope Francis said he wanted to visit Kiev, but he also wanted to go to Moscow, preferably first, to promote peace.

He later told Reuters he suffered “a small fracture” in his knee when he misstepped while a ligament was inflamed.

Pope Francis was to be in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan to attend the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Pope Francis implicitly accused Russia of “armed conquest, expansionism and imperialism” in Ukraine.

The Vatican recently had to evoke its condemnation of the war to mend strained relations with Ukraine after Francis angered Kiev by referring to Russian ultranationalist Darya Dugina, killed by a car bomb near Moscow, as an innocent victim of the war. .