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Zelensky met with head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

The president elect of Ukraine thanked the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the spiritual support of citizens “in this difficult time”
16:20, 7 May 2019

Zelensky met with head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, May 2019
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The president-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with the head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Svyatoslav Shevchuk. This was reported by the press service of Zelensky.

Zelensky congratulated the Patriarch Svyatoslav on the occasion of his birthday and the head of the UGCC has congratulated Volodymyr Zelensky on his election win.

“Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for the spiritual support of citizens in this difficult time. The president-elect also noted the importance of divine service held by the Church on the occupied territories of Donbas and annexed Crimea,” the message says.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the mission of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and religious organizations in preserving religious peace and public initiative to build a European Ukraine. They emphasized importance of Ukrainian World Congress and Ukrainian diaspora for support of Ukraine in the world and the necessity of adequate response to the challenges of the hybrid war.

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Separately, it was discussed about the mass migration of young people from Ukraine and the role of the church in the keeping of the connection of citizens with their motherland.

At the end of the meeting, Svyatoslav Shevchuk presented Volodymyr Zelensky with a book about the history of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the icon of Great feasts in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

As it was reported earlier, Zelensky asked the Ukrainian Rabbis Council to support his idea of building a dialogue with the residents of the temporarily occupied territories in the east of Ukraine and the Crimea. 

It is noted that at the meeting, among other things, there was a discussion about the fight against anti-Semitism. In particular, the participants noted that today in Ukraine this problem is not as acute as in other countries of the world. Every year more than 800 thousand pilgrims come to Ukraine; 150 Jewish righteous people are buried here.

Related: Ukraine's president-elect Zelensky meets with EU Commissioner Hahn

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