“Today is a year of this war. We pray for Ukraine. A war is a destruction, always diminishes us. May God make us understand this,” the Pope said after the film.
As Afineevsky explained before the screening, it is about a sequel to the film by the same director “Winter on fire” (2015) about the riots of 2014 in Plaza de la Independencia, for which she had been nominated for an Oscar.
In 2021, Afineevsky had already made two projections inside the Vatican of his award-winning documentary “Francesco”, based on the figure of the Argentine Pope.
Once the screening is over, Francis met with Hanna Zaitsevathe wife of one of the Ukrainian soldiers who were taken prisoner at the Azovstal steelworks, during the siege of the town of Mariupol.
The Pope’s message on social networks
A year after the start of the war, the Pope, in addition to his meeting with the refugees, published on social networks reflecting on the conflict and on peace.
“A year ago the absurd war against Ukraine began. Let’s stay close to the martyred Ukrainian people who continue to suffer and ask ourselves:Everything possible has been done to stop the war? Peace built on ruins will never be a true victory,” Francis said.