The Vatican has responded to criticism of Pope Francis for his words about the murder of Russian propagandist Daria Dugina. The communiqué of the Holy See is quoted by Vatican News.
The Vatican said that Pope Francis acts as a shepherd who protects every human life, not as a politician, and that this is the "correct lens" through which to look at the numerous statements about the war in Ukraine.
"In the context of the war in Ukraine, the Holy Father Francis and his staff have repeatedly spoken on this matter. Most of the speeches are aimed at inviting pastors and believers to pray, and all people of good will - to solidarity and efforts to restore peace", - stated in Pope Francis.
"Repeatedly, as in recent days, there have been public discussions about the political significance that should be given to such speeches. In this connection, it is once again emphasized that the words of the most holy father on this dramatic issue should be considered as a voice that sounds in defense of human life and values related to it, and not as a political position," the message added.
The Vatican emphasized that the past speeches of Pope Francis clearly and unequivocally condemn the war launched by Russia against Ukraine as "morally unjust, unacceptable, barbaric, senseless, disgusting and blasphemous."
It will be recalled that on August 24, after the end of the joint audience, the Pope decided to pray for Ukraine, but instead stated that the blame for the war lies on all sides.
The Pope also stated that the murdered daughter of the Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, Daria, was an innocent victim.
The Ukrainian embassy responded to this statement.