Messenger of the Holy Father at the Synod: Meetings of Pope Francis and the Head of the UGCC are always very fruitful – they build the foundation for cooperation


Monday, 03 September 2018


The Holy Father asked me to convey that the Holy See is always close to you and has a great desire to follow you, to be in touch with you in all matters that may be a sign of the care of the Church of Rome for the love of the whole Church. This was stated by Bishop Claudio Gugerotti, the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, during the first day of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC, which continues in Lviv-Briukhovychi from 2 to 12 September 2018.




According to Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, this year’s Synod takes place at a special moment that Ukraine is experiencing. “I would just like to recall the topic that was and is at the center of our attention – the celebration of this glorious Tomos. There is a lot of talk about it, but nothing is visible yet. Therefore, there is a field for different talks … We need to focus primarily on the Church, which is a favorite of Christ. But we must also be careful about the political moment that is present on this topic. I would like to talk more about Christ, but less about politics,” said the envoy of the Pope.


According to him, we are now preparing for the presidential election. This, too, says the Archbishop, is a special opportunity to see how Greek Catholics in Ukraine can help people understand what they want – to help remember the consequences when we talk about values such as justice and respect for human rights, which are often neglected.


The theme of the Synod is the Word of God. “The preaching of the Word of God awakens the aim of being missionaries, the ability to work and draw conclusions that will serve the universal Church. Without this, the Church would be poorer. This is a characteristic of the Church – to receive the Word and then to preach it,” says Bishop Claudio Gugerotti.


The Apostolic Nuncio noticed that during the Synod there will be new bishops nominated. He expressed the hope that these nominees would be exemplary. “The new bishops are the strengthening of the Apostolic Collegium, which is entrusted with the management of the Church. They must continue to be healthy, deep, living spirituality with the ability to lead, which is a special specific characteristic of this task,” he said.


Finally, the Apostolic Nuncio wished the members of the Synod a fruitful work and conveyed the hugs and blessings of the Holy Father. “And you should be proud of who you are and in order to be able to support the faithful in the faith,” said the Archbishop.


Bishop Claudio noted that Pope Francis and His Beatitude Sviatoslav always have the opportunity to meet. “This is always a meeting that is very fruitful, which builds a common foundation for cooperation,” he said.


The Head of the UGCC therefore asked to convey to the Holy Father “the unity and support that the bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church want to express”.


“We said publicly yesterday,” said His Beatitude Sviatoslav, “that the UGCC is with the Holy Father in his suffering, in his difficulties, and always wants to bring him joy. We do not want to upset our Father, but by our work, our ministry we always strive to be the cause of joy. ”


Department of Information of the UGCC

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