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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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10.05.2010 10:51:11

Orthodox – Greek-Catholic dialog and co-operation

Romania. 7 May 2010, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church received at the Patriarchal Residence, His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches of Vatican, who was paying a visit to Romania, accompanied by Rev. Dr. Yaroslav Karpyak. His Excellency Francisco-Javier Lozano, Apostolic Nuncio for Romania and the Republic of Moldova, His Grace Mihai, Assistant Bishop of Bucharest and Rev. Valeriu Median, on behalf of the Greek Catholic Church, were also present at the meeting.

His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri conveyed to His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel the cordial salute of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and his confidence in the development of the good relations present between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel underlined the traditional relations of friendship and collaboration between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, pointing out the fact that the two Churches have the common duty to strengthen these positive relations in a European society marked by secularism, where Christian co-operation is not a simple fashion of the day, but a moral missionary duty.

09.05.2010 19:52:21


On May 8, 2010, a commemoration of the victims of WWII will be held in Lviv. The main event of the commemoration will be an inter-religious prayer for the dead at the place of the former Yaniv concentration camp and in two places of the Yaniv cemetery, namely, at the burial place of German captives and near the memorial sign for the perished civilians of Lviv. Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Jews, and representatives of other religious communities of Lviv have already volunteered to participate in the prayer. RISU’s Ukrainian-language web page posted this story on May 4.

The event is initiated by the Justice and Peace Committee and the Committee for Promoting Christian Unity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. It will be held with the assistance of the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Lviv City Council.

04.05.2010 11:56:21

Religions for Peace issues declaration on tolerance

On Wednesday 28 April ECRL concluded its annual meeting in Istanbul and issued the Istanbul Declaration on Tolerance: Our Commitment to Justice, Equality and Sharing which also reflects the meeting’s main theme.

«Tolerance is an active recognition of diversity and means respecting the otherness of the other with whom we differ religiously, culturally, or otherwise, with compassion and benevolence. Tolerance does not mean unconditional approval of the ideas of others nor of the way they live their lives. Tolerance means respecting the other’s human rights, but not necessarily sharing his or her viewpoints.»

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14.04.2010 10:04:50

4th European Social Week

From April 15 to 17, the Catholic Social Institute (Katholisch-Soziales Institut, KSI) is organising the Fourth European Social Week in Bad Honnef on the theme of «Work – Social cohesion – Leadership». At a time when the challenges facing society are no longer being tackled in all countries across the board and the question of immigrant workers is becoming more and more pressing, we have to put all our efforts into meeting the most important challenges in terms of the social make-up of Europe, created by the changes in the jobs market resulting from new business strategies designed to tackle the economic crisis. The Fourth European Social Week, therefore, aims to be a platform for meeting, discussion and reflection and for all those active in the Christian-social sector to work together, looking at and he lping each other with the needs of workers.

The specific focuses are the quality of work and the questions of economic ethics, as well as the formulation of a leadership with a social philosophy. Those representatives attending from workers organisation and trades unions are working towards devising appropriate measures and ways to cooperate efficiently within the entire European network.

Expected speakers are expected to include, amongst others, Elmar Brok, MEP, Jacques Santer, former President of the European Commission, Bishop Joseph Homeyer, former president of COMECE, Ingrid Sehrbrock, deputy president of the DGB and Józef Niemiec, confederal secretary of ETUC. As a delegate from Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church will take part Rev. Ihor Shaban, Head of the Ecumenical Commission and the coordinator of the Social Days of UGCC in Ukraine.

10.04.2010 09:53:52

In his Easter sermon the head of the UGCC, Lubomyr Husar, called Christians to unite

His Beatitude Lubomyr Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in his Easter Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on April 4 in the St. Basil the Great Church in Kyiv expressed the importance to consider the division in the Christian world and to find a way to overcome the separation.

«This year according to all Christian calendars the feast Christ’s Resurrection is celebrated on the same day. But, unfortunately, this does not mean that we, Christians, celebrate it together,» stated His Beatitude Lubomyr.

«Unfortunately, dearly beloved in Christ, we behave not as Jesus Christ wanted,» the head of the UGCC remarked. «Unfortunately, today we are divided. We each celebrate in our own corner. We are divided into confessions. Into groups. We look at each other with a crooked eye. We reproach one another. We are afraid of each other.»

The head of the church gave an example of how Christ behaved to his offenders: «In our translation of the Holy Scripture, maybe, it is not very correct to use the word which Jesus Christ said to them. We often hear: ‘Grief, grief, grief, to you!’ But this word which in its Aramaic original rather means: ‘I regret that you do this!’ Not a word of disgrace, but a word of sympathy.» As explained by His Beatitude Lubomyr, Jesus Christ teaches us by his knowledge, by his behaviour, how those who call themselves Christian, that is the Disciples of Christ, should act.

26.03.2010 14:46:00

Who will be the next... Ecumenism in Russian Federation?

The head of the Ecclesiastical Council of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church (ROAC) bishop of Petrograd and Gdov Gregory (Lourié) (Vadim Lourié) is a rector of the St. Elizabeth church in Saint-Petersburg. He is also a famous scholar, PhD and Dr. habil. in philosophy. He devotes himself to scholarly work and is the editor-in-chief of an international scholarly periodical «Scrinium. Revue de patrologie, d’hagiographie critique et d’histoire ecclésiastique» ( and the author of more than hundred scholarly articles and several books about history and philosophy. 

On 15 March Russian media started campaign of slander about bishop Gregory and St. Elizabeth church. Media says, that the relics of saints which are exposed in the church are «fake», and that clergymen of this church are «fake» either, because they belong to «wrong» church (ROAC), not to «right» church (ROC MP). Bishop Gregory is also accused of organizing in Internet a «self-murderer club». In a few days appeared a lot of articles and TV programs with slander about bishop Gregory. But the police opened the case against «unknown persons.» Bishop Gregory and clergymen of St. Elisabeth church are witnesses in this case.

11.03.2010 15:28:02

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, visits Ukraine

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, is on a pastoral visit in Ukraine from March 6 to 10, 2010. Accompanying him are Father James McCann, head of the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Patrick Mark, executive director of the collection. The purpose of the visit is to deepen the cooperation between the church in America and Ukraine.

09.03.2010 15:41:13

Bishop Dionisiy (Liakhovych) takes part in the opening of the ecumenical exhibition of the Ukrainian icon in Ancona

Most Rev. Dionisiy (Liakhovych), Metropolitan Volodymyr (Sabodan) and delegates of the Ecumenical Commission from the Conference of Bishops of Italy opened the exhibition Golden Age of the Ukrainian Icon.

On March 2, 2010, in the Italian town Ancona in the exhibition room of Mole Vanvitelliana took place the opening of the exhibition Golden Age of the Ukrainian Icon of the XVI-XVIII Centuries. At the exhibition were presented 65 pieces of art – 40 icons, liturgical items, and church vestments – from the funds of the Kyiv Cave Preserve and the Andrey Sheptytsky National Museum in Lviv.

As reports Radio Vatican, the exhibition is organized as part of the preparation for the 25th National Eucharistic Congress which will be held in this town in September of next year.

08.03.2010 18:07:12

Vatican commission reportedly formed to investigate Medjugorje apparitions

Vatican City. The Italian media is reporting that Pope Benedict XVI authorized an official inquiry into the Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. The commission to examine the case is said to be led by Cardinal Camillo Ruini.

According to the Italian weekly magazine «Panorama,» the Pope has made the decision to go ahead with the investigations, nearly 30 years after the first reported apparition of Mary to the visionaries of Medjugorje took place. Long time collaborator and former cardinal vicar of Rome as well as ex-president of the Italian Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Camillo Ruini is said to be leading the investigation.

There has been no confirmation from the Vatican on the formation of the commission.

Despite never having received an official blessing from the Vatican, the site has become a major pilgrimage destination, hosting more than a million visitors a year and witnessing thousands of conversions.

Reflecting on the time that has passed since the first apparitions between June 24 — 26 of 1981, Panorama cited the words of Italian journalist and writer Saverio Gaeta, who said, «It's time to make it clear: it is either the most colossal blunder in the history of humanity or the most important event in the history of Christianity after the Resurrection of Christ.»

04.03.2010 10:18:50

The UGCC for the first time honored Remembrance Day of Aborted Children

On February 27 the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church honored the Remembrance Day of Aborted Children. This event was conducted as part of the Program of Counteracting Abortions in Ukraine, ratified at the forty-sixth session of the Synod of Bishops of Kyiv-Halych Major Archbishopric of the UGCC, which was conducted on September 13-14, 2009.

«Our Church cherishes different initiatives, in particular, in the question of defence of life from the moment of conception. A good example of the results of the activity in this field is the synod’s acceptance of the Program of Counteracting Abortions in Ukraine. Is it the event which testifies to the nearing of a new stage of implementing the mission of service for life,» tells Mr. Stephan Dmytryshyn, the head of the Commission of UGCC on Pastoral Health Care.

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