- Oct 19, 2020
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.
His Beatitude Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Greek Catholic Church, sees a legitimate drive for affirmation behind the press for independence of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuck, head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church, wants reconciliation with Russia, but warns that “doesn’t mean to be reconciled with lies, or fake news.”
During a historic visit Sunday to Saint Sophia, the national church of Ukrainian Greek Catholics in Rome, Pope Francis said that he was near to, and praying for, Ukraine, also encouraging them not to lose hope.
The Vatican announced on Friday that on Jan. 28, Pope Francis will visit the Basilica of Santa Sofia on the western outskirts of Rome, in another sign of his concern for the country’s conflict and its Greek Catholic Church.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri visits Ukraine in the midst of ongoing upheaval in the country, largely the result of political instability and tensions surrounding the Russian invasion of their eastern region in 2014, which prompted a conflict that has endured three years, claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions of others.