Monday, November 25, 2013

Pope Greets Ukrainian Cath. Pilgrims at Vatican; Celebrating 50th Anniv. of Relics of St. Josaphat

Pope Francis today (November 25, 2013) greeted Ukrainian pilgrims celebrating the 50th anniversary of the translation of the relics of St. Josaphat -- martyr of Church unity -- at St. Peter's Basilica. The delegation was led by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), according to the RISU (Religious Information Service of Ukraine) website.

"May the memory of this holy Martyr speak of the communion of saints, the communion of life between all those who belong to Christ," said Pope Francis.

"This desire for communion pushes us to try to understand each other, to respect one another, and also to accept and offer fraternal correction," the pope said.

He added, "The best way to celebrate St. Josaphat is to love among each other and to love and serve the unity of the Church."

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