The Head of the UGCC met with the ecumenical group "Reconciliation in Europe - the mission of Churches in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Germany"

Friday, 09 March 2018, 14:50
The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Sviatoslav met with the international ecumenical group "Reconciliation in Europe - the mission of Churches in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Germany."

The meeting of the "Reconciliation in Europe - the mission of Churches in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Germany" is held annually. This year it took place in Kyiv on March 6-8.

The main topic of this year's meeting is to summarize the work of the Group in 2017 and discuss possible ways and plans for cooperation between Churches in 2018-2019.

The Head of the UGCC was presented with the latest developments of the group and asked for prayer and support for future ecumenical undertakings.

Congratulating the guests, the UGCC Primate recalled his first acquaintance with the Group, which took place 15 years ago and which he still holds in his heart to this day as a good and bright event. The Head of the Church stressed that the UGCC is and will always be open to the dialogue of building peace.

The participants also presented to His Beatitude Sviatoslav the idea of ​​the Future International Ecumenical Conference on October 17-19, 2018 -  "A Strategy for Reconciliation: The Role of Churches in Ukraine," which will be held in Kyiv with the participation of bishops and clergy from different confessions of Germany, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the German Evangelical Church, the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine and Poland, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (MP), the Belarusian Exarchate of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and the Roman Catholic Church.

The UGCC at the meeting of the group is represented by Fr. Ihor Shaban, the Chairman of the Commission of the UGCC for Promoting Christian Unity 

Reference:

The idea of the "Reconciliation" group originated in 1974 on the initiative of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Polish Ecumenical Council in order to work out a reconciliation project between neighboring Poland and Germany, whose relations were burdened with memories of the Second World War. In 1995, the initiative was expanded thanks to the new participants: Ukraine and Belarus. Thus, the project "Reconciliation in Europe - the Tasks of Churches in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Germany" was launched, which was presented at the Second European Ecumenical Assembly in Graz (Austria) in 1997.

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