- The UGCC Synod’s message
The Synod’s message for the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the legalization of the UGCC, the 65th anniversary of the death of Metropolitan Andrey (Sheptytskyj), and the 25th anniversary of the death of Patriarch Joseph (Slipyj)
- DECREE ON ECUMENISM (UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO)
The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only. However, many Christian communions present themselves to men as the true inheritors of Jesus Christ;
- CHARTA OECUMENICA
Guidelines for the Growing Cooperation among the Churches in Europe
UGCC delegate takes part in plenary session of Christian Interconfessional Consultative Committee
The 4th plenary session of the Christian Interconfessional Consultative Committee took place in St. Petersburg on February 26, 2014. Acting as its moderators were co-chairmen of the Committee: Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Archbishop Paolo Pezzi, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the Mother of God in Moscow; and pastor Vitaliy Vlasenko, chairman of the Department for External Relations of the Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists.
The participants claimed that Christians should openly express their common opinion on vices of society and feel free to call sin by its right name. Special attention was paid to the problem of re-establishing the traditional understanding of family. The suggestions were made to celebrate the Year of Family, the Day of Family, and the Year of Sanctity of Life (aimed against abortion and euthanasia).
Appeal for a prayer for Ukraine to all Christians
The life of every person, the communion of people, our human dignity are all gifts of God. In Ukraine these gifts have been brutally trampled. Millions of our faithful and other committed citizens of Ukraine have for almost 3 months peacefully demanded to live with dignity. This week over 100 people have been cold-heartedly killed, thousands are injured. Our country is in the midst of a profound tragedy. The danger of further violence and fragmentation hangs over our land. Our Church and all the religious communities of our country have pleaded for peace and justice. In the name of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church I appeal through my brother bishops to all clergy, religious and faithful of the Catholic Church to pray for peace, justice and human dignity in Ukraine this Sunday. Our country needs abundant graces to emerge from this great trial. Our hope is in the Lord. Please pray to our Loving God for peace in Ukraine.
Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych,
Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
World Ecology Day are celebrated in Ukraine
On 13 September, the Ecumenical Commission of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church traditionally organized of the World Ecology Day of the Creator.
After the pray for the conservation of nature on that day in Kyiv were held round table «The Christian faith in shaping environmental culture and responsibility». Participants from Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant churches, as well as public and private environmental organizations tried to discuss about how to improve the culture of population and protection of the natural heritage of Ukraine.
Governance and Leadership for a Vital Europe!
Over the past century, and particularly from World War II onwards, Christian social thinking (CST
) has left its mark on European societies. Its characteristic institutions and arrangements, such as the social market economy (combining
free enterprise and market price formation with a compensatory social security net); the Rhineland model with the institutionalized social dialogue between capital, labour and state; and a public sphere with ample room for civil society and the private initiatives of organized citizens; those institutions and arrangements are concrete implementations of CST, which should serve the purpose of approximating us to the Christian social ideal of a solidary and vital society made up by free, creative and responsible persons.
V Social Days of UGCC
On November 1, in Zhytomyr, the 5th Social Days of UGCC will be launched. The theme of this year’s event is «Human dignity and civil society as Christian value in Ukraine». The events will last for the whole month of November in Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Odesa, Lugansk, Kirovohrad, Stryj and Donetsk.
The program of the events is ecumenical and interreligious. The participants will have opportunities to discuss the issues and problems of communication of various levels and forms and to learn to communicate effectively. The objective of the events is also to let persons struggling to break through into the information space have the floor: the days will include a traditional Action of Solidarity including visits to prisons, orphanages, nursing, and needy families.
Information: The Social Days of UGCC is an open platform uniting believers of the UGCC, other churches, and communities, and all people of good will. It is the first attempt in the post-Soviet space to engage representatives of religious and non-governmental organizations in a public discussion at the local and national levels.
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Working draft program
Official Meeting Between Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Orthodox Heads
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), and the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), Metropolitan Volodymyr (Sabodan), held an official meeting on August 23, 2011, at the residence of Metropolitan Volodymyr in the Kyiv Cave Monastery.
Patriarch Sviatoslav greeted Metropolitan Volodymyr on the occasion of his 45th anniversary of ministry as a bishop and the confering of the name of the Hero of Ukraine on him in July 2011. In addition, he thanked the head of the UOC-MP for greeting him on his enthronement and for the presence of a representative of the UOC-MP, Bishop Ilarii, at the enthronement ceremony.
Head of UGCC Calls Christians to Look for Opportunities to Pray Together
Within the framework of the Week of Prayers For Unity of Christians, on 23 January, in the Church of St. Basil the Great (Ukrainian
Greek Catholic Church (UGCC
)), representatives of the main denominations of Ukraine jointly prayed for the unity of Christians. The head of UGCC, Patriarch Lubomyr prayed together with the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, Ivan Jurkovic, bishops and priests of UGCC and RCC in Ukraine, Dominican Fathers and teachers of Catholic higher education institutions of Ukraine, clergymen of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Pastors of the Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith of Ukraine (Pentecostals
) and the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine. Assistant Bishop of the Kyivan Archeparchy of UGCC, Bishop Yosyf (Milian
) led the prayer.
In his address to the participants, Patriarch Lubomyr stressed the importance of the joint meeting and prayer: «Unfortunately
, we still are not able to break bread together as we are not grown up enough for that but, perhaps, in future this can also happen. However, before it happens we must jointly or separately pray for unity. It is a difficult proposal. If we realize it, it seems to me that our communities will undergo serious changes.»