giovedì 30 giugno 2022

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Pope implicitly accuses Russia of aggression, imperialism in Ukraine

(Reuters) Pope Francis implicitly accused Russia on Thursday of "armed conquest, expansionism and imperialism" in Ukraine, calling the conflict a "cruel and senseless war of aggression". The pope, speaking to a delegation of Orthodox leaders from the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate, said the conflict had pitted Christians against one another. Both Russia and Ukraine are predominantly Orthodox Christian but there is an influential Byzantine-rite Catholic minority in Ukraine that owes its allegiance to the pope. The Eastern and Western branches of Christianity separated in the Great Schism of 1054. "Reconciliation among separated Christians, as a means (...)