Benedict XVI Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome (1927- )
Benedict XVI Ratzinger, the Pope of Rome, is expected to visit the Western Ukraine in 2012, the information office of the Catholic University in the Ukraine said on Tuesday. “The Holy See accepted an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to visit the Ukraine in 2012, and now only needs to set a specific date”, the statement said. In 2012, the Latin Archdiocese of Lvov will celebrate the 600th anniversary of the transfer of the seat of the episcopal see in Galicia to Lvov. In the same year, the Eucharistic Congress in the Ukraine will end. Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki of Lvov of the Roman Catholic Church hopes that Benedict XVI will take part in these celebrations, which will begin in 2011 in Kiev and will conclude in 2012 in Lvov. The previous Pope of Rome, John Paul II Wojtyła, visited the Ukraine in June 2001.
25 May 2010
This is a FAR smaller undertaking than when Wojtyła visited. Apparently, the Ukrainian government is NOT involved in this at all, and it looks like Ratzinger is not going to visit Kiev on this trip. Indeed, at first glance, it appears to be an intramural Latin Catholic affair; there is no overt mention of Uniates in this article at all. However, the so-called “Catholic University of Lvov” is a Uniate institution, and it is a hotbed of violence and threats against canonical Orthodox elements in the Western Ukraine (do NOT forget the story of Fr Mikhail Shuvar… THAT’S what many Uniates do, friends and neighbours) and a nest of OUN/UPA sympathisers.
This may be a sign that the papacy rejected the MP’s demand that it tone down relations with Galician Uniates. So be it… there’s not going to be a meeting of pope and patriarch… now, Ratzinger knows it… which is a GOOD thing. Now, we can concentrate on achievable things and put airy-fairy cranky ideas like a photo-op meeting of Benedict and Kirill in the dustbin… where they belong.