Posts Tagged ‘Vatican diplomacy’

The pope’s still flying high

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Isten hozott Magyarországon! That’s a common way of saying, “Welcome to Hungary!” Literally, it means God (Isten) brought you here. And in the case of Pope Francis’ weekend visit to Budapest, the nation’s picturesque capital straddling both sides of the Danube, one could also say “ITA hozott”. ITA, of course, is currently Italy’s flagship airline. Read more

Kirill must not be Putin’s altar boy, says Pope

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Pope Francis has warned the leader of Russia’s Orthodox Church that he “cannot become Putin’s altar boy.” In a recent media interview Francis says Patriarch Kirill’s support of the war in Ukraine became clear to him during their 40-minute zoom discussion in March. In this, Kirill spent half the time reading out justifications for President Read more

What diplomatic power does Pope Francis have?

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Pope Francis is part of the way through his much-anticipated visit to Cuba and the US, which he is visiting for the first time. He is following in the footsteps of his immediate predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who visited Cuba in 2012 and expressed his opposition to the US trade embargo. Now Cuba and the Read more