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Russia's war inside Ukraine the backdrop to pope's Kazakh visit

Russia's war inside Ukraine the backdrop to pope's Kazakh visit

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — Russia's war inside Ukraine accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Holy See's strained relations accompanied by China are the backdrop to Pope Francis' pay someone a call this week to the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan, where he is ministering to a tiny Catholic inhabitants accompanied by every one one other accompanied by participating inside an interfaith conference aimed at promoting tranquillity accompanied by every one one other accompanied by dialogue.

Francis was flying Tuesday to the Kazakh earliest city of Nur-Sultan to meet accompanied by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev all over the condition pay someone a call small portion of the three-day trip. On Wednesday accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Thursday, he participates inside an interfaith gathering accompanied by additional than 100 delegations of Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Shinto accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other trust groups from 50 countries.

The most noteworthy aspects of Francis' pay someone a call ability exist missed opportunities: Francis was supposed to have met accompanied by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church on the sidelines of the conference. But Patriarch Kirill, who has justified the war inside Ukraine, cancelled his trip last month.

Francis is excessively going to exist inside the Kazakh earliest city at the same hour dated while Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is making his earliest overseas pay someone a call since the coronavirus pandemic. But the Vatican says there are no indeed indeed plans for Francis to meet accompanied by Xi, who is not attending the congress. The Holy See accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Beijing haven't had diplomatic relations for over a half-century accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the place of set of two sides are finalizing the renewal of a contentious deal over Catholic bishop nominations inside China.

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Both of which focuses watching on the interfaith conference, an important triennial event for Kazakhstan, a country that borders Russia to the north, China to the the orient accompanied by every one one other accompanied by is place of residence to some 130 ethnic groups. It's a showpiece of its overseas policy accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a reflection of its own multicultural accompanied by every one one other accompanied by multiethnic inhabitants that has lengthy been touted while a crossroads inside the centre of East accompanied by every one one other accompanied by West.

Darhan Qydyrali, minister of details accompanied by every one one other accompanied by communal development, said the presence of world devout leaders inside the country was completely inside Kazakhstan's national interests. "We invited them accompanied by every one one other accompanied by hoped that Patriarch Kirill will excessively participate," he told The Associated Press on the eve of the congress. "All inside all, I exist convinced by the congress will inside attendance accompanied by an example that other issues tin exist excessively solved into with every one other accompanied by not here of the discussion of religions."

When St. John Paul II visited inside 2001, 10 years following independence, he highlighted Kazakhstan's diversity while recalling its black past under Stalinist repression: Entire villages of ethnic Poles were deported en masse from western Ukraine to Kazakhstan beginning inside 1936, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Soviet management deported hundreds of thousands of ethnic Germans, Chechens accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other accused Nazi collaborators to Kazakhstan all over World War II. Many of the deportees' descendants remained accompanied by every one one other accompanied by some of them build up the country's Catholic community, which only numbers concerning 125,000 inside a country of almost 19 million people.

Sophia Gatovskaya, a parishioner at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Cathedral inside the capital, said she attended that earliest papal pay someone a call accompanied by every one one other accompanied by that it has borne fruit to this day.

"It was actually amazing. And following this visit, we have tranquillity accompanied by every one one other accompanied by tolerance inside our republic. We have a a large amount of nationalities inside Kazakhstan, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by we all exist together. And we expect the same from this pay someone a call (of Pope Francis) that we will have tranquillity inside our republic. And we extremely a a large amount of expect that the war inside Ukraine will end."

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Winfield reported from Vatican City.

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