The Pope receives the wives of the Azov regiment
Pope Francis received Julia Fedosiuk and Kateryna Prokopenko, two Ukrainian banderites and wives of fighters from the Azov regiment. They were accompanied by a member of the group Voïna (War) and spokesperson for the Pussy Riots, the artist Piotr Verzilov.
The pope, along with his guests, prayed that the Azov regiment would not surrender, but that God would save it by inspiring the creation of humanitarian corridors for the soldiers.
There are three Roman Catholic churches in Ukraine. One of them is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church which allied itself with the Banderites and the Nazis during the Second World War, inciting the massacre of the Jewish populations. It currently represents 8% of the Ukrainian population. Throughout the Cold War, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was a member of the Anti-Bolshevik Nations Bloc (ABN). The Soviets attempted to sanction his hierarchy and lure his followers into the Orthodox Church. During the dissolution of the USSR, the Vatican, very embarrassed, experimented with several solutions before finally recognizing the “Uniates”.
Pope Francis had initially announced that he would consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary, in accordance with the wish transmitted by the seers of Fatima (1917). He then retracted when he realized that, for many, such a move would have justified a crusade against Russia. He then consecrated the whole world to the Heart of the Virgin.