Pope Francis and Ursula von der Leyen reaffirmed their commitment to end the war in Ukraine

Pope Francis meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the Vatican on June 10, 2022. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS (VATICAN MEDIA/)

Pope Francis received this Friday in audience the president of the European Commission (EC), the German Ursula von der Leyen, and the meeting reaffirmed the common commitment to work to end the war in Ukrainecaused after the invasion of Russia, in addition to attention to humanitarian aspects and food consequences.

Von de Leyen later met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Paul Richard Gallagherwith whom he also addressed “the conclusions of the Conference on the future of Europe and its consequences for the future configuration of the Union”.

“I am very happy to meet again with His Holiness Pope Francis in Rome. We are with all those who suffer from the destruction in Ukraine. This war has to end, restoring peace in Europe”von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.

During the meeting, which lasted about 20 minutes, Pope Francis gave him some of his writings and the last message of the Day of Peace, as well as a bronze medallion with a woman in the foreground with a baby and a boat. of migrants in the background and the message: “Let’s fill the hands of other hands”.

The Vatican on June 10, 2022. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS
The Vatican on June 10, 2022. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS (VATICAN MEDIA/)

In what is the second meeting between the two, after May last year, the president of the EC gave the pontiff a volume on the Bauhaus school and a photo of a sustainable urban project.

The president of the EC traveled this Thursday to Rome on the occasion of the first Festival on the New European Bauhausthe initiative launched by the EC with the aim of redefining through architecture and design our ways of life and our cultural and economic system, which was inaugurated at the Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome.

Von de Leyen also participated in the conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences with the title “Rebuilding the Future for People and the Planet”, organized by this Vatican entity and Bauhaus Earth.

(With information from EFE)


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