Katerina Pekridou, CEC Executive Secretary for theological dialogue participated in a meeting of high-level delegation of religious leaders from Ukraine, who visited the secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) on 15 June in Brussels, and exchanged with representatives of EU Churches and religious communities on perspectives for peace in their war-torn country and ways to support the Ukrainian population.
COMECE organised the meeting in collaboration with the EU office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
Among the members of the Ukrainian delegation were His Beatitude Epiphanius, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, H.E. Mgr. Vitalii Kryvytskyi, Bishop of Kyiv-Zhytomyr, Pastor Igor Bandura, Vice-chairman of the All-Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christian-Baptist Churches, Sheikh Akhmed Tamim, Supreme Mufti of Ukraine and Gennadii Bilorytskyi, Representative of the Union of Jewish Religious Organizations of Ukraine.
The delegation was received by Fr. Manuel Barrios Prieto, General Secretary of COMECE, together with H.E. Mgr. Franco Coppola, Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg, as well as representatives of Brussels-based Catholic organisations and of other religious communities.
The meeting was followed by a special interreligious event for peace at the Chapel for Europe.