Vatican cardinal to make 2nd visit to Ukraine border at Pope Francis’ request


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Cardinal Michael Czerny takes possession of his titular church of San Michele Arcangelo in Rome, Jan. 19, 2020. / Pablo Esparza/CNA. Vatican Metropolis, Mar 14, 2022 / 11:20 am (CNA). Cardinal Michael Czerny will travel for a second time to the Ukraine border at Pope Francis’ request, the Vatican announced on Monday.The Jesuit cardinal, who visited the border between Hungary and Ukraine last week, will arrive in Slovakia on March 16 and head toward the east of the Central European country, which shares a frontier with western Ukraine.“Cardinal Czerny will depart once more for Ukraine, at the request of Pope Francis, to manifest the Holy Father’s closeness to those that live with pain the results of the continued struggle,” the Vatican stated on March 14.The 75-year-old cardinal, who's the interim head of the Dicastery for Selling Integral Human Improvement, visited Ukrainian refugees arriving in Hungary on March 8-11.Czerny was born in Brno, a metropolis within the then Czechoslovakia, in 1946, earlier than his household moved to Canada two years later. Czechoslovakia divided into the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, or Slovakia, in 1993 following the collapse of communism.Papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski also traveled to Ukraine on the request of Pope Francis. Whereas in the western city of Lviv, he helped load vans with humanitarian help destined for elements of the nation underneath bombardment. The Polish cardinal left Ukraine for Rome on March 12.In response to Vatican News, Czerny stated that the papal envoys’ presence in Ukraine was “a double response, certainly one of speedy charity and certainly one of integral human improvement in the long run. A commitment that may last by way of the ages.”The Vatican stated that “Pope Francis is following this mission with prayer, like these of current days, and, via His Eminence [Czerny], wishes to make himself close to those who are fleeing from the preventing and affected by the violence of other males.”On Monday, Pope Francis met with Eduard Heger, the prime minister of Slovakia, which has acquired greater than 200,000 individuals from Ukraine because the full-scale Russian invasion on Feb. 24.The Holy See press workplace stated that Heger additionally met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and “overseas minister” Archbishop Paul Gallagher.The talks included “an in-depth dialogue of the conflict in Ukraine and its influence at regional and worldwide degree, with specific attention to the humanitarian state of affairs and the reception of conflict refugees,” the press workplace stated.The pope met the identical day with Edgars Rinkēvičs, Overseas Minister of the Republic of Latvia, which borders Russia.