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Head of Ukrainian Church to Pope Francis: “It's a miracle I'm still alive”


-How are you?

-I am alive, this is the greatest miracle.

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church did not mince words describing his experience in Ukraine to the Pope.

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is one of Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics in the Church, and has said that a papal visit to Ukraine could help end the war. 

During their meeting, he gave the pope a significant gift: A fragment of the Russian mine that destroyed the facade of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic church near Kyiv in March.

It is the Archbishop's first meeting with the pope since the war began eight months ago.

JM