- Dec 10, 2019
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, has said that if Pope Francis were to visit Ukraine, the conflict tearing its eastern regions apart would come to an end.
On Thursday Pope Francis met for the third time with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a conversation which inevitably touched on the nation’s ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, however, the Vatican was careful to shine the spotlight on both sides, scheduling a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church the day after Putin’s visit, giving the conflict much higher visibility.
On the fifth anniversary of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, the leader of the country’s Greek Catholic Church Tuesday blasted what he called Russian “disinformation” and “great lies” about the conflict.
The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church welcomed the election of a leader for the country’s new independent Orthodox church.
Part two of Crux’s interview with Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church.
If independence for the Orthodox church in Ukraine is followed by unification of its various branches, it could open the door for surprising ecumenical progress with the Vatican.