Pope Francis Believes that Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine was “Perhaps Provoked”

Pope Francis Believes that Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine was “Perhaps Provoked”


During an interview published on June 14, 2022, Pope Francis stated that Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine was “perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented.”  The pope’s statements provoked international outrage due to the conventional wisdom that Russia is 100% at fault and Ukraine was a perfectly innocent bystander in the lead up to this conflict. 

The pope made these comments during an interview with La Civiltà Cattolica, which took place in the middle of May but was published on June 14.

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“Someone may say to me at this point: but you are pro-Putin! No, I am not,” Francis stated. “It would be simplistic and wrong to say such a thing. I am simply against reducing complexity to the distinction between

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