Ukrainian deputy Prime Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko departed for Vatican to attend the ceremony of enthronement of Pope Francis on March 19.

"By order of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, deputy Prime Minister Hryschenko will represent Ukraine at the enthronement ceremony of Pope Francis on March 19 this year. Ukraine, as a state guided by common for European countries Christian values that marks the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus this year, connects with the new Pope's activity and further effective development of traditional good relations with the Holy See," Hryschenko's press service said, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The enthronement ceremony will be held on March 19.

On March 23, Pope Francis will meet with his predecessor Benedict XVI, who left the Holy See on February 28.

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