Pope John Paul II visit St. Volodymyr & St. Olga Cathedral in Winnipeg
July 22, 2015
On Sunday, September 16, 1984, Pope John Paul II visited the Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Volodymyr & St. Olga in Winnipeg.
The Holy Father's address is autentic and actual even thirty year later: “Everyone should realize that it is of supreme importance to understand, venerate, preserve and foster the rich liturgical and spiritual heritage of the Eastern Churches in order faithfully to preserve the fullness of Christian tradition, and to bring about reconciliation between Eastern and Western Christians.Your Ukrainian heritage and your Byzantine spirituality, theology and liturgy prepare you well for this important task of fostering reconciliation and full communion.”
After the address, Holy Father blessed the bronze statue of St. Volodymyr to mark the millennium of Christianity in Ukraine. The statue is the work of Leo Моl, renowned Ukrainian artist.