The Vatican cardinal in charge of human development will make a second trip to Ukraine at the request of Pope Francis.
Cardinal Michael Czerny will visit the Ukrainian border with Slovakia to “show the closeness of the Holy Father to those who suffer the consequences of the ongoing war,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on Monday.
Pope Francis follows this mission with prayer, like those of the last days, and, through His Eminence, wishes to be close to those who flee the fighting and suffer the violence of other men,” he added.
The pope called for peace in Ukraine during his Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, calling Russia’s attacks “unacceptable armed aggression” against Ukraine.
Czerny will arrive in Slovakia on Wednesday and will head to the Ukrainian border in the following days.