16.07.2008, [08:04] // UOC-MP //
Kyiv— On 14 July, Metropolitan Volodymyr of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church received in his residence in the Kyivan Monastery of the Caves the Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches of the Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, who is visiting Ukraine on an invitation of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. According to the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Metropolitan Volodymyr explained to Cardinal Sandri about the condition of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and about the preparation for the celebration of the 1020th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus.
In answer to Metropolitain Volodymyr’s questions, Cardinal Sandri thanked him for the opportunity to venerate the head of St. Pope Clement in one of the Monastery’s Churches. The guest shared his impressions of the visit to the caves and veneration of the local saints. The hierarchs discussed the issues of the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, possible joint actions in the way towards renewal of the lost unity and questions of the Theological education in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Sandri shared the Vatican’s plans as to a possible reform of the papal Russicum college, where Orthodox students from Russia and Ukraine still study.