UOC-MP opposes the Pope's visit to Ukraine because it "will not please Russia"
"As for the Roman Pontiff, we know that there is no response to this invitation yet. Let's see if there will be such a visit, given the deep policy of the Vatican. Of course, they will not take any step that will somehow weaken their position. If we consider the opinions of analysts, we will see that many people say that perhaps the Pope will not come here because, one way or another, he will need to decide on the OCU somehow clearly. Rome values close relations with the Russian side very much, and such a visit is likely to hinder such close relations," Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanych) said.
In March this year, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal conveyed to Pope Francis a presidential invitation to pay a visit to Ukraine on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Independence.