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This gesture is in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries
Organizers made this decision after a wave of “negative public feedback on the sensational public actions of the artists"
Pope Francis has asked the Italian cardinal to serve as a papal envoy to “initiate paths of peace” between Russia and Ukraine
Speaking 200 miles from Mongolia’s border with Russia, the pope urged: “Together let us strive to build a future of peace.”
During the four-day trip, the pope is scheduled to meet with government leaders, engage in interreligious dialogue
"I prayed to Our Lady, and I prayed for peace. I did not advertise this, but I prayed. And we must continually repeat this prayer for peace"
The Holy Father invites everyone to be "creative and courageous weavers and artisans of peace"
Zuppi has played a prominent role in promoting peace between Ukraine and Russia since Pope Francis asked him in May to lead a peace mission
The itinerary was added to the papal pilgrimage to Portugal for the World Youth Day celebration in Lisbon on August 5
Russia denies abducting children, claiming they were taken away for their own safety