Ukraine ‘concerned’ at Vatican’s Good Friday gesture with Russia

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Ukraine’s ambassador to the Holy See expressed “concerns” on Tuesday (April 12) over a plan for Russian and Ukrainian ladies to hold a cross collectively throughout a Good Friday ceremony attended by Pope Francis.

The gesture of peace, in opposition to a backdrop of Russia’s warfare in Ukraine, is because of happen throughout the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession at Rome’s Colosseum on Friday night.

Ambassador Andrii Yurash tweeted that he “understands and shares general concern in Ukraine and many other communities about the idea to bring together Ukrainian and Russian women to carry (the) Cross,” on Friday.

“Now we are working on the issue trying to explain difficulties of its realisation and possible consequences,” he wrote.

Yurash didn’t reply to requests by AFP to debate his place, and there was no rapid remark from the Vatican itself.

The ladies have been set to collectively carry the cross throughout one portion of the Way of the Cross, the standard procession that commemorates in 14 completely different stations Jesus’ struggling and loss of life, from his condemnation to his burial.

The ceremony is held on Good Friday, the day of his crucifixion, two days earlier than Easter, the Christian calendar’s most essential vacation.

Because of coronavirus in 2020 and 2021, a scaled-down model of the procession was held inside St Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

Jesuit theologian Antonio Spadaro, who’s near Francis, confirmed on Twitter that there had been “objections” to the thought of getting Russian and Ukrainians carry the cross collectively.

“One thing needs to be understood: Francis is a pastor, not a politician,” he wrote.

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