Pope Francis held a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday. This was reported by the Vatican. In doing so, the Pope has reaffirmed his solidarity with the Ukrainian people, according to a Vatican press release. The Vatican thus confirmed a tweet by Zelenskyj, in which he reported on the conversation with the Pope.
The conversation centered on the horrors endured by the Ukrainian population since the February 24 Russian invasion. Zelenskyy thanked the Pope for his prayers.
Shortly thereafter, Ukrainian Ambassador to the Holy See Andriy Yurasch tweeted the news of the phone call, adding that the Ukrainian public would be happy to welcome the Holy Father and hoped for a visit from Francis to Kyiv.
Another earlier phone call between the Holy Father and Zelenskyy took place on February 26, two days after the Russian attack. On that occasion, Francis had expressed to the President of Ukraine “his deep regret over the tragic events in Ukraine”.
Zelenskyy himself reported shortly thereafter: “I thanked the Pope for praying for peace in Ukraine and for a ceasefire. The Ukrainian people feel the spiritual support of His Holiness”.