Plans for Pope Francis to meet in June with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, who has backed Russia’s war in Ukraine, have been suspended, the pope has told an Argentine newspaper.
A Vatican source said on Friday that it had been at an advanced stage, with even the location for the meeting chosen.
Francis told La Nacion in an interview that he regretted that the plan had to be "suspended" because Vatican diplomats advised that such a meeting "could lend itself to much confusion at this moment".
The 85-year-old Francis has several times implicitly criticised Russia and President Vladimir Putin over the war, using terms such as unjustified aggression and invasion. (Reuters)
off：副詞，離開，除去。例句：Don’t let the dog run off.（別讓狗跑掉了。）
lend itself to sth.：片語，增加，適合，幫助。例句：The long dress would lend itself to many occasions.（這件長裙適合許多場合。）
implicitly：副詞，含蓄地、暗示地。例句：He implicitly criticised the government’s new policy.（他暗批政府的新政策。）