The Pope Thanked the Bishops of the UGCC for Their Respectful Listening Photo: UGCC

Thanks for frank dialogue: Pope’s letter to Ukrainian bishops after Vatican meeting

Pope thanks for «attentive and respectful listening and the fraternal and frank dialogue that took place» at Vatican meeting, after some tensions following remarks to young Russians

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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 09.20.2023).- Following the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), in communion with the Pope, which took place in Rome from September 3 to September 13, 2023, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the Father and Head of the UGCC, His Beatitude Sviatoslav. The Pope expressed his gratitude to the bishops of the UGCC for their respectful listening and frank dialogue during the joint meeting held on September 6 in the Vatican, and he assured them of his prayers for peace in Ukraine. Below is the text of the letter in the Spanish language:


To His Beatitude Sviatoslav,
Major Archbishop of
Kyiv and all Ukraine


Dear Brother,

I still hold in my memory the memory of meeting with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops who recently gathered in Rome for the Synod.

I am grateful to you for your thoughtful and respectful listening and the fraternal and frank dialog that took place in a true synodal spirit.

As I pray earnestly for peace for my dear Ukraine, I extend my blessing to the bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and all the faithful entrusted to your pastoral care, and I ask you not to forget to pray for me.



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