PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Cardinal Angelo Scola, the patriarch of Venice, met with Kosovo's prime minister and other officials Monday.
Scola will also meet the deputy head of the U.N. mission in Kosovo, Larry Rossin, a U.N. statement said.
The cardinal came to the disputed province to attend the funeral last week of Bishop Mark Sopi, the head of the Catholic Church in Kosovo, who died of a heart attack.
Sopi, 67, was buried Saturday in the central Kosovo village of Bince, where he was born.
Sopi, an ethnic Albanian, was appointed Kosovo's bishop in 1996.
The late bishop was very close to Kosovo's ailing President Ibrahim Rugova, who is suffering from lung cancer.
Pope Benedict XVI named Zef Gashi, the Archbishop of Bar, a town in neighboring Montenegro, as the acting head of the Roman Catholic Church in Kosovo, a senior church official said Monday.
Gashi, who was born in Kosovo, immediately took on the duty of running the province's church, said Don Shan Zefi.
Kosovo is predominantly Muslim. But some 4 percent of its people are ethnic Albanian Catholics.
Kosovo, which officially remains a province of Serbia-Montenegro, has been administered by the United Nations since 1999. Talks to determine its future status will start later this year.