Pope Francis warned pro-war Russian patriarch that being “Putin's servant” not the best choice.
Reported by CNN. Francis also criticized Cyril for supporting Russia's stated reasons for invading Ukraine.
“I spoke with him for 40 minutes via Zoom,” the Pope told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera in an interview published on Tuesday . “For the first 20 minutes, he read to me with a map in his hand all the justifications for the war.”
“I listened and told him: I don't understand anything about it,” said the Pope. “Brother, we are not government clerics, we cannot use the language of politics except the language of Jesus.” “A patriarch cannot turn into Putin's servant,” the Pope said.
Francis said that a conference call with Kirill took place on March 16, and that he and the Patriarch had agreed to postpone their scheduled meeting to June 14 in Jerusalem.
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