2009-06-02 12:16:00

Yuschenko personally invites Benedict XVI to visit Ukraine

Kiev, June 2, Interfax – Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko invited Pope Benedict XVI of Rome to make an official visit to Ukraine during their meeting.

"Such kind of visits are always emblematic and work for many future years," Yuschenko’s press-service has cited him as saying after the talks.

The previous Pontific visited Ukraine in 2001 with the invitation of then acting Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. The Pope’s visit to Ukraine was not coordinated with the Moscow Patriarchate and caused protests of Russian Orthodox clergy and parishioners as Ukraine belongs to its canonical territory.