Pope Francis' visit to Ukraine during the war could be a powerful gesture for peace: His Beatitude Sviatoslav

Tuesday, 05 April 2022, 10:11
His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the UGCC, stated that a visit by Pope Francis to war-torn Ukraine could be a powerful gesture for peace. “The Pope is very much awaited in Ukraine,” he commented on the Channel 5 “TV Marathon, regarding a possible visit of the Roman Pontif to Ukraine.

"We are working to ensure that the visit of the Holy Father to Ukraine takes place," said the Head of the UGCC, adding that state and church authorities are working on this.  "We would like him to come to Ukraine as soon as possible," said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.  According to him, the circumstances of the war are not the main obstacle to such a visit.


The head of the UGCC said that he had recently met with Pope Francis and that the Holy Father had personally told him that he would do everything possible to stop the war in Ukraine. "His visit to Ukraine during the war could be a powerful gesture of peace," noted His Beatitude Sviatoslav.  "We are sincerely waiting for him," he added.


Notably, on Saturday, April 2, during a trip to Malta, the Holy Father Francis stated that the matter of his visit to Ukraine was waiting on his desk; he is considering it, and if possible, will make this visit.

Returning from Malta to Rome on Sunday, April 3, Pope Francis reiterated that his visit to Ukraine was being considered, among the proposals he has received. "I do not know if it will be possible, if it is appropriate, and if it will be for the better. Or maybe it's really worth the trip and I have to do it… It's all up in the air," said the Pope.

Information Department of the UGCC


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