Pope’s Wariness of U.S.-Dominated World Shapes His Russia, China Stances

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ROME—In Pope Francis’ view, the war in Ukraine isn’t a straightforward case of good against evil.

The pontiff recently told a group of Catholic journalists that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t like fairy tales. “Little Red Riding Hood was good and the wolf was the bad guy. Here, there are no metaphysical good guys and bad guys,” he said.