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© Reuters. Pope Francis arrives to satisfy youngsters with disabilities and Ukrainian youngsters who fled their nation resulting from Russia’s invasion, on the Vatican, June 4, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis stated on Saturday he would meet quickly with Ukrainian officers to debate the opportunity of a go to to their nation.

Francis disclosed the approaching assembly in a question-and-answer session with youngsters in one of many Vatican’s important courtyards.

A Ukrainian boy named Sachar requested him: “Are you able to come to Ukraine to save lots of all the youngsters who’re struggling there now?”

The 85-year-Francis, who has been utilizing a wheelchair due to knee ache, responded that he usually considered Ukrainian youngsters and wished to go to the nation however had to decide on the precise time.

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“It’s not simple to decide that might do extra hurt than good to the remainder of the world. I’ve to seek out the precise second to do it,” he stated, in accordance with a Vatican transcript of the occasion. He didn’t elaborate.

“Subsequent week I’ll obtain representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, who will come right here to speak, to speak even about an eventual go to of mine there. We’ll see what occurs,” Francis stated. He gave no additional particulars.

The Ukraine conflict has compelled the Vatican to hold out a fragile diplomatic balancing act, a number of occasions providing to mediate an finish to the battle.

Francis has a number of occasions implicitly criticised Russian President Vladimir Putin over the invasion however with out naming him. He additionally has used phrases resembling “unjustified aggression” and “invasion” and has lamented atrocities towards civilians.

Francis has been invited by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, Main Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Ukraine’s Byzantine-rite Catholic Church and Ukraine’s ambassador to the Vatican, Andriy Yurash.

Yurash advised Reuters on Saturday he had no particulars of the assembly the pope talked about.