Pilgrimage group of Roman Catholic clergy visit Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

On April 19, 2018, a group of priests from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milan, which in total consisted of more than 100 people, and headed by Metropolitan Archbishop Mario Enrico Delpini, visited Kyiv Pechersk Lavra as part of their itinerary on the “Seeking Spirituality through Hospitality” pilgrimage tour to Kyiv. The visit by the guests to the Lavra was made possible with the organisational support of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC.

The honoured guests visited the churches and caves of the monastery and venerated the holy shrines, among which was – the precious skull of saint Clement I, the Pope of Rome (the Apostle of the 70, 1st century Anno Domini), which is kept in the Far Caves of the Lavra.

Following the excursion, the guests met with His Eminence Metropolitan Antoniy of Boryspil and Brovary, the Administrator of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Also attending the meeting were the Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the UOC Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych, Archpriest Serhiy Yuschyk  the first vice-rector of the Kyiv Theological Academy and Seminary, and KDAiS Professor V. V. Bureha.

The themes of the meeting included subjects of interest that the guests were particularly fascinated with, which among other things, included the history of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, its present, as well as the system and development of theological education at the Kyiv Theological Academy in particular, and in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in general.

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