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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò endorses Vladimir Putin’s justifications for attacking Ukraine, lamenting the absence of media coverage of supposed neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine.

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Carlo Maria Viganò—once the papal ambassador to the U.S. among other countries—has claimed that the invasion of Ukraine is an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to reconstruct “Christian civilization” in Europe.

According to Religion News Service, Viganò, in a lengthy letter running to almost 10,000 words, excoriated countries that are “demonizing” Putin and imposing sanctions on Russia.

Putin, he suggested, was justifiably resisting an American and European “deep state” conspiracy to introduce “a world government based on economic interests and progressivism.”

The United States of America and the European States must not marginalize Russia but build an alliance with it, not only to restart trade for the prosperity of all, but in lieu of the reconstruction of a Christian civilization, which will be the only one able to save the world from the transhuman and medical-technical globalist monster.

The archbishop said in his letter that Putin has been cornered by an aggressive NATO, backed by the United States, which is seeking to escalate the conflict for its own gains.

This is the trap for Russia just as much as Ukraine, using both to allow a globalist elite to bring its criminal plot to fruition.

Seeking to justify the invasion, Viganò lamenting the absence of media coverage of supposed neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine that have allegedly attacked Russian-speaking Ukrainians in the autonomous eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, above, who is Jewish and lost many of his relatives in the Holocaust, has ridiculed the idea that Nazism is behind the eight-year-old conflict in his country’s east, which Russia invaded in 2014.

Viganò sees a deeper plot to institute a new world order. Naming the United Nations, NATO and the International Monetary Fund as well as the European Union and billionaire philanthropists like George Soros and Bill Gates, the archbishop identified a global conspiracy, initiated by an American deep state, to introduce a world government based on economic interests and progressivism.

Viganò portrayed Zelenskyy as an E.U. puppet, an affable outsider introduced to foment Ukrainians’ feelings against Russia.

Calling Ukrainians “hostages” of a globalist totalitarian regime, he advised them against joining the E.U. Instead, Viganò wrote, European nations must seek their independence by finding once more their “sovereignty, their identity, their faith. Their soul.”

Nonetheless, the archbishop urged Putin to “turn the tables” on the “globalist ploy” by offering Ukraine a peaceful way out.

The more Putin believes (himself) to be right, the more he will prove the greatness of his nation and the love for his people by not giving into provocations.

RNS points out that Viganò has been welcomed into the ranks of a small but outspoken Catholic conservative right. His rhetoric has increasingly taken on anti-migrant, anti-vaccine and pro-Trump tones.

In this respect, he is at complete odds with Pope Francis, a man he holds in utter contempt. A while back he called on the pontiff to resign.

In the name of God, let the cries of those who suffer be heard and let the bombings and attacks cease! Let there be a real and decisive focus on negotiation, and let the humanitarian corridors be effective and safe. In the name of God, I ask you: stop this massacre!

Pope Francis on March 13, 2022
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His letter was written in the same week that the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, above, used a sermon to trot out the oft-repeated nonsense that the West is intent on forcing “gay pride parades” on devoutly religious countries who regard homosexuality as a “sin.”

If humanity accepts that sin is not a violation of God’s law, if humanity accepts that sin is a variation of human behavior, then human civilization will end there.

Viganò said in his letter that Putin has been cornered by an aggressive NATO, backed by the United States, which is seeking to escalate the conflict for its own gains.

This is the trap for Russia just as much as Ukraine, using both to allow a globalist elite to bring its criminal plot to fruition.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that a priest who gave an anti-war sermon on Sunday has been arrested.

According to BBC Russia journalist Andrey Zakharov, Father Ioann Burdin was detained shortly after he made a sermon to a small congregation in the village of Karabanovo.

He’d preached against the war, described to locals the ongoing shelling and destruction in Ukrainian cities, and also shared anti-war images and a petition on his parish’s website.

Police have charged him with “discrediting the use of the Armed Forces”’—a criminal offense established by Russia’s state duma just last week.

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