By Devin Watkins
BERLIN | ROME. 14 September 2023 (IDN | VATICAN NEWS) — Pope Francis’ special envoy, Cardinal Matteo Mario Zuppi, the Archbishop of Bologna, is visiting Beijing on 13-15 September to seek peace in Ukraine, according to The Holy See Press Office.
“The visit (to China) forms another step of the mission desired by the Pope to sustain humanitarian initiatives and to seek paths that may lead to a just peace,” read the Press Office statement.
Cardinal Zuppi has been in Germany’s capital city, Berlin, to participate in the “Audacity of Peace” meeting, hosted by the St. Egidio Community.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the meeting, the Cardinal highlighted the importance of working towards a just and secure peace.
He said all key players must be involved, adding that the Ukrainians must be able to determine their own path to peace.
Peace, he said, requires the effort of everyone, but “it is never something that can be imposed by anyone; it must be the peace chosen by Ukrainians with the guarantees, commitment and effort of everyone.”
The Italian-born Cardinal’s mission has primarily involved dialogue and has seen him engage in discussions with political and ecclesial representatives from the countries at the centre of the conflict in Ukraine since February 2022.
Cardinal Zuppi had previously travelled to Kyiv on 5-6 June, Moscow on 28-29 June, and Washington on 17-19 July.
During his visits, the Cardinal met with various leaders, emphasizing the humanitarian aspects of the mission and the importance of achieving peace. [IDN-InDepthNews]
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