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Overview of the bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and the Holy See
31 January 2014 18:16

Recognition of Ukraine: January 1992

 

The establishment of diplomatic relations: 8 February 1992.

High level dialogue:

23-26 May 2008 – official visit of Secretary of State of the Holy See to Ukraine

1 June 2009 – official visit of President of Ukraine to the Vatican.

16 October 2009  – official visit of Prime Minister of Ukraine to the Vatican.

16 December 2011 – numerous state’s and local government officials of Ukraine visited Vatican in the framework of celebration of “The Ukrainian Christmas in Vatican”. The delegation was headed by Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Infrastructure.

19 March 2013 - Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine participated in the ceremony of inauguration of the newly elected Pope Francis as the head of the Ukrainian delegation.

25-26 April 2014 – official visit of the Prime-Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatseniuk to Vatican.

Dialogue between the Foreign Ministries:

24 October 2013 - visit of Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to the Vatican.

4-6 December 2013 - working visit of Secretary for International Relations (Head of the foreign office) of the Holy See in Ukraine.

27 April 2014 – working visit of Foreign Minister of Ukraine to participate in the ceremony of canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII.

Visits in the framework of interchurch cooperation:

20-24 May 2012 – the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications H.E. Msgr. Claudio Maria Celli visited Ukraine.

2-3 June 2012 – the Vicar General for the Vatican City State Angelo Comastri visited Ukraine.

6-12 June 2013 – the Head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Cardinal Kurt Koch stayed in Ukraine with a visit in the framework of interchurch cooperation aimed at deepening the dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox.

28 June 2014  - Cardinal Jozef Tomko visited Ukraine.

10-11 December 2014 – visit of the Cardinal Christoph Schönborn as a Papal Legate for the marking of the 25th anniversary of legalization of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.

Ukraine-Vatican projects in humanitarian and cultural spheres:

International Exhibition of Neolithic culture "Tripoli-Cucuteni: great civilization of Old Europe" (2008);

Exhibition of Ukrainian icons and sacred art objects from the funds of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve and the Lviv National Andrey Sheptytskyy Museum called “Golden Age Ukrainian Icon: XVI-XVIII centuries” (2010);

International scientific conference “Ukraine - Vatican in the context of Christian Europe” (2010);

International Conference “Saint Clement of Rome in the context of the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius” (2011);

Cultural initiative “The Ukrainian Christmas in Vatican” the highlight of which was the establishment of the Christmas tree from Ukrainian Carpathians on the St. Peter's Square (2011);

Organ concert by Ukrainian organist Volodymyr Koshuba in the Academic Hall of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music to celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and the Holy See (2012);

Celebration of the completion of restoration works of the Saint Sophia Cathedral, the highlight of which was a concert in Rome's cathedral Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri with the participation of National Academic Choir of Ukraine “Dumka” (2012);

Exhibition “The European dimension: three masterpieces of classical art from museums in Italy” which will was inaugurated on the 29th of May and will be opened till the 5th of July at the National Museum of Art in Kiev (2013);

Conference "Christians in the OSCE region: the state of their religious freedoms", organized by Ukrainian OSCE chairmanship, Embassy of Ukraine to the Holy See and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (2013);

Representative of Ukraine participated in an international art festival "For Dialogue and Peace Among Nations and Religions." (2014).

December 2014 - photo exhibition dedicated to the anniversary of the Maidan.

Ukrainian community

It should be noted that in the Vatican citizens of Ukraine do not live. However, most of our compatriots who are on long-term basis in Italy and in the majority are from the western regions of Ukraine, concentrated mainly around the Greek Catholic centers in Rome, run by priests Ukrainian. Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic priesthood and Ukrainian religious communities are directly related to the development of relations between Ukraine and the Holy See on ecclesiastical line.

A characteristic feature of Ukrainian religious community in Rome is the fact that some of its members are citizens of different countries: USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia, the Czech Republic and others.

 

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