L’Aquila is associated with Pope Celestine V, who resigned the papacy in 1294. Pope Benedict XVI visited the city four years before he resigned in 2013, the first pope to do so in about 600 years. But Francis, alert and at ease throughout the interview as he discussed a wide range of international and Church issues, laughed the idea off. Speaking of the situation in Ukraine, Francis noted that there have been contacts between Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about a possible trip to Moscow. “When the Church loses its pastoral nature, when a bishop loses his pastoral nature, it causes a political problem,” the pope said.
Source: Ethiopian News July 03, 2022 15:49 UTC