Cardinal Koch visits Ukraine to deepen Catholic-Orthodox dialogue
The Vatican’s top ecumenical spokesman, Cardinal Kurt Koch, heads off to Ukraine on Wednesday for a visit aimed at deepening the dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox, Vatican Radio informs.
The Cardinal, who heads the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will spend two days in the capital Kiev, meeting with the small Greek and Latin Catholic communities there. He’ll also hold talks with the Ukrainian Orthodox leader, Metropolitan Volodymyr, of the Moscow Patriarchiate,and other representatives of that Church. On Saturday the cardinal travels to the Western city of Lviv, the Catholic heartland of the country and on Monday he will make a brief visit to Uzhorod and Mukachevo, close to the border with Slovakia and Hungary. In each of these cities he will also meet with Catholic and Orthodox leaders, before returning to Rome on Wednesday June 12th.