The Vatican denies reports in the Ukrainian press that the Holy see is supposedly unhappy with the buildings around the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) in Kyiv, next to which is a possible venue for “Eurovision-2017″. Apostolic Nuncio (Vatican Ambassador) Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti told reporters Thursday that the Vatican did not intervene in the preparation of tenders, reports RIA “Novosti”.
Earlier, the Ukrainian edition of “Vesti” reported that the authorities are planning to hold “Eurovision” in the International exhibition centre (IEC). However, according to the publication, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is not satisfied with the fact that a number of belonging to her Church will be building. The article said that if the dispute is not resolved until December, the embankment next to the IEC will not have time to prepare for the competition.
“The Apostolic Nunciature in Ukraine… reports that no organ of the Holy see neither officially nor secretly interfered in the case of the song contest “Eurovision-2017″, knowing, however, of this question, and sharing the anxiety of believers”, – quotes the words Gugerotti, the press service of the Nunciature. Thus, concluded the Nuncio, the information of the Ukrainian edition “has no grounds”.
Denied reports of “News” and in the Church. As stated by the”observer” head of the information Department of the UGCC Igor Yatsiv, the Church had not appealed and could not appeal to Pope Francis about the “illegal construction”, conducted in Kiev. The Vatican does not interfere and cannot interfere with the conduct of the contest “Eurovision”. The UGCC is not a party to the conflict between the developer and the local community, but as part of the community in favour of the rule of law and respect of religious feelings of believers, he said.
The insights publication is based on the words “some activists” that said that the head of the UGCC Sviatoslav Shevchuk allegedly discussed the topic of illegal construction in Kiev with Pope Francis, said Yatsiv. “We don’t know who this “activist”. She has no authority to speak on behalf of our Church,” he said.
As mentioned in the article “News”, that “Eurovision” could be derailed by the intervention of the Holy see, said the assistant Deputy of city Council Anatoly Shapoval from the “Batkivshchyna” Elena Medvedenko. The head of the UGCC Sviatoslav Shevchuk during his visit to the Vatican raised the question about the situation of the Patriarchal Council, she said.
The speaker of the UGCC said that “the theme of the scandalous illegal construction of the Patriarchal Cathedral is the topic of years of debate and litigation involving the developer and local communities.” Thus “the Church is involved only because this development leads to the already obvious signs of damage to the Patriarchal Cathedral,” he said. In the course of numerous trials, the UGCC presents to the court proof of such damage, added Yatsiv.
And the local community, and the Church only want one thing – respect for law, assured the representative of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. “If this building is an obstacle, so we need to look for another place. We are not talking about finding a compromise. We are talking about the principle of the rule of law. Even for “Eurovision” it is impossible to transcend the law,” he concluded.
The organizing Committee 9 September announced its decision to hold “Eurovision” in Kiev. Organizers are unable to determine the platform for competition – at first it was about the International exhibition centre on the left Bank of the Dnieper river, but later chose the Palace of sports in downtown Kiev. The reserve “Sophia of Kyiv”, which is under UNESCO protection, is being considered for the opening ceremony of “Eurovision-2017″.
Ukraine won the right to host Eurovision after winning singer of Crimean Tatar origin Jamala in the next contest. Representing Russia Sergey Lazarev took the third place.