Pope Francis will receive the Prime Minister of Ukraine before traveling to Hungary

File photo of Pope Francis at the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on April 19, 2023 (REUTERS / Guglielmo Mangiapane) (GUGLIELMO MANGIAPANE /)

Pope Francis will receive this Thursday at the Vatican the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhaljust one day before the pontiff travels to Hungary in what he has described as a visit “to the center of Europe, on which icy twenty years of war continue to fall.”

The meeting between Francis and Shmyhal will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday (local time; 8:00 GMT) and the Ukrainian prime minister is scheduled to speak to the press afterwards after his two-day visit to Italy, where he has participated in a bilateral summit for the reconstruction of Ukraine.

In Rome, Shmyhal met with the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and his counterpart, Giorgia Meloniwho has promoted an appointment with Italian businessmen from strategic sectors and has offered to organize another international summit for the reconstruction of the country next year.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni received Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Rome on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 (REUTERS/Remo Casilli)
The Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, received the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Denys Shmyhal, in Rome this Wednesday, April 26, 2023 (REUTERS/Remo Casilli) (REMO CASILLI/)

Shmyhal’s trip will close with a visit to the Holy See, just 24 hours away before the pope leaves for Hungary, where he will stay April 28-30.

“Next Friday I will travel to Budapest, Hungary for three days. I will complete the trip made in 2021 for the International Eucharistic Congress. It will also be a trip to the center of Europe, on which icy twenty years of war continue to fall, while the displacement of so many people puts urgent humanitarian issues on the agenda,” Francis said on Sunday after the Regina Coeli prayer in the square. of San Pedro.

Once again, he took advantage of the occasion to remind “our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. Still afflicted by this war”, a constant request in his prayers that also led most of the Holy Week and Easter events organized by the Holy See.

During his trip to Budapest, Francis will meet with the country’s authorities, including a meeting with the Prime Minister, Victor Orbán, and also a meeting with refugees, many of them Ukrainian.

With information from EFE

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