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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)

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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;

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Guidelines for the Growing Cooperation among the Churches in Europe


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27.08.2011 07:12:12

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.

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26.01.2011 09:44:14

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.»

27.12.2010 13:56:34

Christmas greeting of his Beatitude Lubomyr (Husar)

To the faithful of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

Dearly Beloved in Christ!

Today – on the Sunday of the Holy Fathers – the Gospel told us about the genealogy of Jesus Christ from Abraham to the birth of our Savior. Listening to this detailed list of generations, it may be understand that the coming of Christ to the people was prepared in advance, that his appearance on the earth was planned by our Heavenly Father. Moreover, not only the birth, but also the entire life of Jesus Christ has been foreseen by the prophets. An example of this we find again in the holy Gospel: when the three wise men from the East stayed with Herod in order to find out where the new King was born, he called the scribes, who without a doubt say that the Messiah is to come to the world in Bethlehem in Judea, «because thus was said by the prophet» (Mt 2:5).

Dearly Beloved in Christ, I bring your attention to this because as we think over the events of our daily lives, we tend to think that they occur by chance. We often think that everything could be different. Sometimes it seems that everything around is unchecked, that the Lord God forgot about the world. However, our faith is based on God's Revelation, which gives us an opposite response: everything that happens in our personal and public life, except sin, corresponds to God's plan. Proof of this we find in the life of Jesus Christ, from the promise of the Messiah to our first parents in the paradise until His glorious resurrection. Thus arises the next question: why does the Lord God allow circumstances that are unpleasant for us or even cause us great suffering? Jesus Christ in the Gospel from Luke answers this when he speaks about the further history and the development of various tragic events that have to happen in the future. His words are: «This will give you an opportunity to witness» (Luke 21:13). If there were no hunger, there would be no one to feed; if there were no thirst, there would be no one’s thirst to quench; if there were no strangers, there would be no one to receive; if there were no patients or prisoners, there would be no one to visit. If there were no Christmas, there would not be Good Friday and Easter. Thus everything that happens around us, even the most tragic, is God's plan for us which gives us the opportunity to witness for Christ and seek truth, justice, and good.

27.12.2010 13:51:34

Greek Catholics ask for VAT reimbursement for construction of Patriarchal Cathedral in Kyiv

The government owes the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) about 5 million UAH from value added tax (VAT) paid by the UGCC during the construction of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv, Bishop Joseph (Milian), auxiliary bishop of the Archeparchy of Kyiv UGCC told the Information Department of UGCC.

According to Bishop Joseph, the funds would significantly help complete the construction of the church, which has been going on for eight years. «We do not claim any privileges, but would be grateful if we, as a conscientious taxpayer, were returned the paid VAT because it is provided by law,» said the bishop.

«We have submitted the relevant documents and hoped for the reimbursement of the funds,» said the bishop. «However, we recently found out that only 500 thousand UAH of VAT has to be returned, and 400 thousand were reimbursed in bonds.»

Background information

On October 27, 2002, the cornerstone of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ of the UGCC was consecrated. A 1.72 hectare land plot was allocated for the cathedral and administrative building. The building of the complex began on September 9, 2002.

A significant amount of work was completed in 2003-2004. On October 10, 2004, the crosses of the Patriarchal Cathedral of Resurrection were laid and consecrated.

17.09.2010 18:58:44

Representatives of Ukrainian Churches Participate in International Conference on Migration

On 15 September, the Center of Science and Culture of the Theological Department of the Opole University in the village of Kamin Silezki (Poland), an International Conference «Migration in the Central and eastern Europe: problems of reconciliation and co-existence of cultures» was launched. The conference is organized by an international group «Reconciliation as an objective of the Churches of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Germany,» which includes representatives of the Christian denominations of the four countries.

In addition to the representatives of the Christian denominations, the forum is attended by representatives of the Polish National Bureau of the Supreme Commissar of UN on matters of refugees, the Department of Migration Policy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Poland, various social and humanitarian organizations dealing with problems of migrants in Europe. In addition to plenary sessions, it is planned to hold a seminar «Attitude of Churches to the problem of migration.» The participants of the conference plan to pay special attention to the problems of adaptation and integration of migrants into the new cultural environment, coexistence of cultures in the context of active migration in Europe, preservation of the cultural and confessional identity of migrants, specificities of the pastoral ministry for migrants and refugees.

14.09.2010 12:18:18


On 14 September, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church traditionally participates in the celebration of the World Ecological Day «The Day of Creation». Greek Catholic Churches will pray for the conservation of nature on that day. The first event within the framework of the celebration will be held on 12 September.

 It will be a symbolic art-action «Paint the planet» near the Cathedral of the Vyshhorod Mother of God (town of Vyshhorod) under the leadership of famous painters. According to the design of the organizers, Greek Catholics and all interested persons will have an opportunity to paint a large map of the Earth in gratitude to God for the creation of the world and the gift of life.

12.09.2010 21:47:15

The Day of Creator – Church’s ecological mission

Rev. Dr Ihor Shaban 

Text prepareing for the 14th International Congress Renovabis: Being responsible for the Creation — Ecological Challenges in Central and Eastern Europe 

Discovering of the beauty of nature and objecting to degradation of ecosystem, but also ecological initiatives on local level are very important. In this case in the world and in Ukraine particularly the requirement to protect the environment by Christians and demonstrate understanding the nature as gift of God for a human been is very important. In our time Christians also need to realize that protect the climate is the ethics and spiritual necessitates.

A safeguard of environment is one of the most important questions of modern life that is slowly opened by Church. As it was declared yesterday, during the opening session, The Day of Creations was the idea of the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople. Since that time different churches and countries started to use this idea for the ecological events on its own.

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09.09.2010 11:14:34

“Paint the Planet”. For the first time drawing ecological picture will unite the pilgrims of Kyiv region

In September 12th, on Sunday at 12:00 near cathedral of Vyshgorod Virgin Mary, Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church will have a symbolic art-action «Paint the Planet» that will conclude the pilgrimage of Kyiv Archeparchy to Vyshgorod. By plan of organizers, Greek-catholic and all persons interested in ecology will be able to draw the large map of Earth, as gratitude to God for the creation world and gift of life.

Action «Paint the Planet» is one of the actions within the framework of celebration of annual Ecological Day of Creations in Ukraine. The Day of Creations is the answer of Christian churches of Europe to ecological problems in the world. The organizers of action underline that the main idea is to give thank to God for its life on a planet Earth and to come into notice to the ecological problems.

«God create man, and assigned him to take care of nature that surrounds us, about animals which inhabit a planet. But to take care does not mean the power to destroy all around, as it repeatedly happened in history of humanity. Modern ecological problems are not limited to the individual regions or countries. In today’s world it has global measuring, for example contamination of water or change of climate, caused by disafforestation or incidents in atomic establishments» – marks the head of the Ecumenical Patriarchal Commission Rev. dr Ihor Shaban.

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06.09.2010 07:35:35

Church in Europe: renew your commitment to safeguarding creation!

FINAL MESSAGE from the Bishops and Delegates of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe who participated in the PILGRIMAGE FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF CREATION

 1st-5th September 2010

Church in Europe: renew your commitment to safeguarding creation!


Blessed are you Lord, God of all creation: a pilgrimage of hope for Europe

Around fifty delegates from more than fifteen countries of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe set out on 1st September 2010 from the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary on a pilgrimage of hope for all creation to the Shrine of Mariazell in Austria, passing through Slovakia where we were welcomed by the Archbishop of Bratislava, Stanislav Zvolenský. The initiative was inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for the World Day of Peace in 2010 entitled If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation.

28.06.2010 20:09:06

Ukraine plays referee between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow

Over there Russian Orthodoxy has its cornerstone. And over there, there is the most numerous Eastern Catholic population. With John Paul II the two Churches were at loggerheads. With Benedict XVI the turning point. But peace is still far away.

by Sandro Magister

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