“This war, which was perhaps somehow either provoked or not-prevented…”
“We have to get away from the common mindset of ‘Little Red Riding Hood‘—Little Red Riding Hood was good and the wolf was the bad guy,” Pope Francis told The Vatican News in May for publication 14 June 2022, 10:25 a.m. local time.
In the Ukraine war, “there are no metaphysical good guys and bad guys, in the abstract. Something global is emerging, with elements that are closely intertwined with each other,” Vatican News quoted Pope Frances on Tuesday.
“A couple of months before the war started,” continued his holiness, “I met with a head of state—a wise man, who speaks very little—very wise indeed. After we discussed the things he wanted to talk about, he told me that he was very concerned about the way NATO was acting. I asked him why, and he said, ‘They (NATO) are barking at the gates of Russia. And they don’t understand that the Russians are imperial and they will not allow any foreign power to approach them.’ He concluded, ‘The situation could lead to war.’ This was his opinion. On 24 February, the war began. That head of state was able to read the signs of what was happening,” said Pope Francis for publication 14 June 2022, 10:25 Vatican time.
Pope Francis is particularly concerned about food consequences of the continuation of the conflict in meeting with the head of the warring European Union Commission.
Last Friday the President of the warring European Union Commission Ms. Von der Leyen met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations.
Prior to this conference with the Holy See Secretary for Relations with States and International Organizations, Ms. Von der Leyen met with the pontiff briefly in what has been described as a “cordial” session dealing with the pontiff’s commitment to bring the war in Ukraine to an end, “dedicating particular attention to the humanitarian aspects and the food consequences of the continuation of the conflict.”