UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT AND APOSTOLIC NUNCIO DISCUSS QUESTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH PLANNING POPE FRANCIS' VISIT TO UKRAINE
Information Department, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 13 January 2016
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko received credentials from the apostolic nuncio to Ukraine, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti.
The press service of the president reports that during a conversation with the new apostolic nuncio, the head of state expressed sincere thanks for the active cooperation of the apostolic see in consolidating the efforts of the international community intended for the restoration of peace and stability in Ukraine. He also expressed thanks for humanitarian aid which was provided during 2014 and 2015, through the mediation of Caritas Ukraine, for the domestic resettlement of displaced persons.
The president called to the attention of the Vatican's ambassador the necessity of increased work by international rights advocacy organizations directed to the protection of human rights in Crimea.
In his turn, Archbishop Claudio noted that the Holy See turned its attention to Ukraine and he noted that our country is a priority for the Roman pope.
The two sides also discussed questions associated with the planning of Roman Pope Francis' visit to Ukraine. As we have reported, Petro Poroshenko delivered to the pope an invitation to visit Ukraine during his visit with the Holy Father in November. (tr. by PDS, posted 13 January 2016)
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