Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    UGCC says Pope Francis intends to visit Ukraine

    The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), said Pope Francis was expected to visit Ukraine.

    “We have good news. We expect that his (Pope Francis’ – ed.) visit to Ukraine will take place. This has not been announced yet, but we are already in anticipation and preparation… This is a very powerful signal of support for our people and our state,” the Head of the UGCC said, as quoted by RISU.

    Archbishop Sviatoslav noted that a few weeks ago, he had the opportunity to talk personally with the Pope about Ukraine, and that Francis is very concerned about the fate of ordinary people.

    “The Holy Father was very interested in how the Ukrainian people live, and he is really deeply concerned about this,” the head of the UGCC added.

    Archbishop Sviatoslav also said he had told the Pope about the common feeling prevailing among believers affiliated with various Ukrainian Churches and representing different religions that the war will be put to an end after the Pope visits Ukraine.

    It should be recalled that Archbishop Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) recently referred to the Ecumenical Patriarchate as Mother Church for the UGCC.

    As reported earlier, on December 2, Pope Francis kicked off his visit to Cyprus and Greece, set to last until December 6.