Pope makes personal appeal in remarkable Russia embassy trip

February 25, 2022 | The Washington Post

By Nicole Winfield | AP | from The Washington Post

ROME — Pope Francis visited the Russian Embassy on Friday to personally “express his concern about the war” in Ukraine, in an extraordinary, hands-on papal gesture that has no recent precedent.

Usually, popes receive ambassadors and heads of state in the Vatican, and diplomatic protocol would have called for the Vatican foreign minister to summon the Russian ambassador.

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