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What Pope Francis Might Accomplish If He Visits War-Torn Ukraine

National Catholic RegisterPope Francis greets Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv Nov. 11 at the Vatican. Archbishop Shevchuk hopes that a 2022 meeting in Ukraine will happen.

Such a papal trip would involve substantial risks, but along with advancing the cause of peace it would show solidarity with suffering Ukrainians and potentially improve relations with Ukraine’s Orthodox and Jewish communities.