In a spirit of brotherly love and upon the invitation of Most Rev. Bishop Petro Stasiuk, eparchial bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Diocese of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel paid a visit to the eparchial center and the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Melbourne, Victoria.
Touring the diocesan grounds of the Ukrainian Catholic cathedral, Vladyka Daniel recalled the words of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who following the meeting with Pope Francis stated: "We shall say through our meeting and our prayerful visit that it is the intention of both of us to work further for Christian unity and reconciliation."
Following the tour of the cathedral, Bishop Petro Stasiuk hosted a luncheon in honor of Archbishop Daniel, during which the hierarchs and Very Rev. Fr. Michael Solomko, president of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand of the UOC in Diaspora and Fr. Brian Kelty, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral discussed issues of mutual interest, touching upon the most recent regulations of Australian government, pertaining to the safety and accountability of the Church and society.
Moreover, the hierarchs held a surprise telephone conference with the newly appointed bishop for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia – Fr. Mykola Bychok, who is soon to be consecrated and enthroned as a third bishop for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
Bidding farewell to Bishop Petro, Archbishop Daniel extended greetings of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora and invited Bishop Petro to visit the Metropolia Center of the UOC of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ.
Earlier in the week, Archbishop Daniel paid a visit to the Protection of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic parish in Geelong, Victoria, where Fr. Yuriy Tychenok serves as pastor.