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Cardinal Zuppi to visit China as part of Ukraine peace mission

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi is set to make a 3-day visit to China as Pope Francis’ special envoy to seek peace in Ukraine.

By Devin Watkins

The Holy See Press Office announced on Tuesday that Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, the Archbishop of Bologna, will visit Beijing, China, on 13-15 September 2023.

The Cardinal will make the visit in his role as Pope Francis’ special envoy to seek peace in Ukraine.

“The visit forms as another step of the mission desired by the Pope to sustain humanitarian initiatives and to seek paths that may lead to a just peace,” read the Press Office statement.

Seeking peace

Cardinal Zuppi has been in Berlin, Germany, to participate in the “Audacity of Peace” meeting, hosted by the St. Egidio Community.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the meeting, the Cardinal highlighted the importance of working towards a just and secure peace.

He said all key players must be involved, adding that the Ukrainians must be able to determine their own path to peace.

Peace, he said, requires the effort of everyone, but "it is never something that can be imposed by anyone; it must be the peace chosen by Ukrainians with the guarantees, commitment and effort of everyone.”

Humanitarian efforts

The Italian-born Cardinal’s mission has primarily involved dialogue and has seen him engage in discussions with political and ecclesial representatives from the countries at the center of the conflict in Ukraine since February 2022.

Cardinal Zuppi had previously traveled to Kyiv on 5-6 June, Moscow on 28-29 June, and Washington on 17-19 July.

During his visits, the Cardinal met with various leaders, emphasizing the humanitarian aspects of the mission and the importance of achieving peace.

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12 September 2023, 16:23