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Pope courts Macron to mediate negotiations with Moscow and Kyiv
War in Ukraine: San Marino offers to be Vatican's diplomatic pedestal
Two consultants, one French, the other Russian, are working to shape and then promote Pope Francis's mediation efforts with Moscow and Kyiv. They would like to see the microstate of San Marino play host to future talks.
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Moscow ready to welcome the pope...but only after the war
Pope Francis had to hold off plans to visit Russia as part of his efforts to mediate between Kyiv and Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church, which also wants to play a role in resolution of the conflict, is trying to adopt a more open position.
Vatican's secret diplomacy clashes with internal tensions in Beijing
After the Hong Kong cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun's brief arrest on 11 May, what remains of any domestic opposition to the Chinese Communist Party has taken another swipe at the China's talks with the Vatican so dear to President Xi Jinping.