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The Geopolitical Perception of Pope Francis

Pope Francis' Geopolitical Perspective: The Ukrainian Crisis and the Peace Effort

8 Apr, 2024

As the first Pope from Latin America, Pope Francis emerged with an approach charged by the historical experience of his region and negotiating tendencies towards Western powers. His native Argentina had experienced the harsh consequences of a dictatorship supported by the United States during the Cold War, which shaped his controversial attitude towards the Western world.

His reaction to the Ukrainian crisis is another axis of this geopolitical approach. Through the prism of demography, he points to the need for peace, emphasizing the fact that the majority of Catholics do not live in Western countries. His call for an end to arms transfers and an immediate resolution of the conflicts is aimed at the representativeness and needs of these regions.

Apart from the geopolitical dimensions, the Pope also criticizes the allocation of resources, arguing that spending on wars replaces investments that could be made to tackle climate change and global poverty. This approach, although neutral in appearance, has provoked reactions in the West, highlighting the different ideologies and prevailing political priorities.

In conclusion, the silence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in relation to the crisis reflects the complexity of international relations and religious traditions. The decision to grant the status of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church by the Ecumenical Patriarchate is accompanied by reactions and criticisms, exploring

 the complexity of relations between Orthodox churches and geopolitical perceptions. Nevertheless, this choice has upset relations between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Moscow Orthodox Church, while it has caused discrimination and strife within Ukraine.

With the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and Pope Francis' insistence on defending peace and justice, there is an interesting dynamic on the global geopolitical scene. The different approaches and resulting reactions reflect the complexities and contradictions of contemporary international politics and religious stratification. Despite adversity and differences, the quest for peace and solidarity remains a central pillar of the Pope's work.

The reactionary silence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in relation to the Ukrainian crisis constitutes an additional layer of political controversy and a strong political message. In a context where church authority often takes an active part in international disputes and attempts to play the role of mediator or peacemaker, the Ecumenical Patriarchate's choice to remain silent is a powerful signal of unmediated support for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

This neutral and absolute tacit message can be interpreted as an expression of undivided support for Ukraine and its self-determination in the spirit of religious autonomy and freedom. While ecclesiastical authority is occasionally seen as a mediator in international disputes, the Ecumenical Patriarchate's choice to avoid involvement highlights the political and religious complexity of the situation.

Also, the reaction of the Moscow Patriarchate, which includes the announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarch's distaste for diptychs and the removal of his name from official references, is another indicator of the political discontent and confrontation between church authorities within the Ukrainian crisis. This reaction reveals the depth of the differences and conflicts that exist within the world of Orthodoxy and highlights the complexity of the crisis in the region.


From the journalistic team of Greek News and Radio FL



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