Zelensky’s adviser thanks Holy See for ‘fruitful’ work

The advisor of Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky on Wednesday thanked the Holy See for its “fruitful” humanitarian work in relation to Moscow’s war of invasion including the return of Ukrainian children who had been deported to Russia.

“A big thank you goes to a the representatives of the Holy See” for their “fruitful work”, Mykhailo Podolyak told Catholic daily Avvenire, referring to the mission of the president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the Pope’s envoy for peace in Ukraine.

“Russia is totally indifferent to the fate of people and children, so it is certainly very positive that the Vatican has joined us,” he added.

Last May Pope Francis gave Zuppi the task of identifying initiatives that might open up paths to peace in Ukraine.

So far the mission has taken him to Kyiv, Moscow, Washington DC and Beijing.