Shevchuk: We, Catholics, must help overcome the crisis in World Orthodoxy

Sviatoslav Shevchuk. Photo:

In a conversation with the Secretary of State of the Vatican, the head of the UCCC stressed that the issue of ecumenism is "of vital importance" for Ukraine.

We, Catholics, must make every effort to overcome the current crisis in World Orthodoxy. The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk said this in an interview with the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin within the framework of the Plenary Assembly of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe, the press service of the UGCC reported.

Shevchuk stressed that for Ukraine the issue of ecumenism is "of vital importance".

“Today Ukraine is a place of confrontation between the two patriarchies. It is very important that both sides of this confrontation recognize the Catholic Church as their interlocutor. Therefore, we must make every effort to overcome the current crisis in World Orthodoxy,” said the head of the UGCC.

Recall that the "mediating" role of Catholics in the "rapprochement" of the UOC and the OCU was also stated by the head of the RCC in Ukraine, Mieczyslaw Mokshitsky, who considers possible "a certain symbiosis between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church of Ukraine."

The UOJ also wrote that Shevchuk considers the UGCC to be a daughter church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

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