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17.02.2010
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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06.02.2010
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;

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06.02.2010
CHARTA OECUMENICA

Guidelines for the Growing Cooperation among the Churches in Europe

 

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04.03.2010 10:11:16

RELIGION AND THE CHURCH IN UKRAINE: BEGINNING OF THE YEAR 2010

Viktor YELENSKYI

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In a month and half into the year 2010 many events occurred in the religious life of Ukraine that deserve thorough, unhurried analyses. And the conditional method is used here because all these events if they aren’t growing dim, then for some time will civilly yield to the place of the epic presidential elections. Presidential elections in Ukraine are something immeasurably greater than elections. They are always «fate-altering,» they acquire a heavenly tension and a little non-eschatological dimension: the choice is perceived as final and timeless, as a choice between «the Kingdom of God» and «the grind of one’s teeth.» Let us at least call to mind in what majestic epic forms during the elections of 1999 the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods «summoned to the kingdom» the leader of the Communists –  «a bylina hero» Petro Symonenko and cursed his competitor: «Free us, Lord, from the plague, Kuchma, and other fierce calamities! Strengthen, Lord, Your slave Petro…» And on the eve of the presidential elections of 2004, when tension exceeded all possible significant, the respectable Dzerkalo Tyzhnia published a powerful page, where on a white background resounded two lines from «To the Comrades from Prison» by Ivan Franko: «It’s the last of all wars! It’s the struggle/Of mankind to throw over the brute…» (If the newspaper would have been sure of the results of the elections, then it, I am convinced, would have included the next two lines as well: «It is freedom suppressing all thralldom/It’s the „Kingdom of God“ coming true.»)

And finally, already after the presidential elections of 2010, the Metropolitan of Odesa and Izmail of the UOC-Moscow Patriarch Agafangel (Savvin) – deputy of the Odesa Oblast Council from the Party of Regions – not only congratulated his party member, but called the victory of V. Yanukovych «blessed by God.» «Our prayers addressed to God are heard and accepted by Him,» the hierarch is convinced.

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12.02.2010 19:34:32

Catechetical Homily by Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW

By God’s Mercy

Archbishop of Constantinople the New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Plenitude of the Church

Grace and Peace be to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Together with our Prayer, Blessing, and Forgiveness

Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the Lord

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08.02.2010 20:57:35

ECUMENICAL PRAYER FOR UNITY CONDUCTED IN KYIV

 

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on January 24, 2010, in the St. Basil the Great Church (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC)) in Kyiv the representatives of the main denominations of Ukraine jointly prayed for the unity of Christians. That evening together with the head of UGCC, Patriarch Lubomyr in the joint prayer took part the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine Archbishop Ivan Yurkovich, clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan-Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, clergy of Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic Churches, protestant pastors of the Church of Christians of the Evangelical Faith of Ukraine (Pentecostals), and the Kyivan Jewish Messiah society. The prayer was led by Bishop Joseph (Milian), auxiliary bishop of the Kyivan Archeparchy of the UGCC.

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06.02.2010 16:13:37

Muslim Mob Storms Pakistan Church, 65 Injured

PAKISTAN. Protestant Christians in Pakistan's Punjab province were searching for a place of worship Wednesday, February 3, after angry Muslims apparently attacked their partly constructed church, injuring scores of worshippers.

Christians told BosNewsLife that Muslims armed with clubs and iron rods on December 24 stormed their church in the town of Kalar Kahar in Chakwal District — viewed as a hotbed of Islamic hardliners — some 90 kilometers south-east of the federal capital Islamabad.

05.02.2010 11:33:55

New Vatican Document on Lay Brothers Planned

 

Cardinal Rodé Announces Coming Publications

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 4, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The prefect of the Congregation Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life announced plans for two new documents, on lay brothers and liturgical formation of religious.

Cardinal Franc Rodé explained Tuesday, the World Day of Consecrated Life, on Vatican Radio that the figure of the lay brother, members of a religious order who make vows but are not ordained priests, «must be appreciated in the Church.»

For this reason, he said, a document on this topic is planned for publication in the fall.

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28.01.2010 21:41:36

President meets Head of UGCC

President Victor Yushchenko met with the major archbishop of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar.

During the meeting sides discussed current state of church-state relations and ecumenical dialogue.

At the beginning of the meeting the President praised balanced position the Church has demonstrated during the elections on 17 January. «The Church has demonstrated the absence of any political engagement and this has made a great contribution to the stable legitimate transparent elections», said Victor Yushchenko.

28.01.2010 09:23:19

Unity between Christians depends on what we are ready to give for its achievement

As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on January 24, 2010, in the St. Basil the Great Church (UGCC) the representatives of the main denominations of Ukraine jointly prayed for the unity of Christians. That evening together with His Beatitude in the joint prayer took part the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine Archbishop Ivan Yurkovich, clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan-Patriarchate and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, clergy of Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic Churches, protestant pastors of the Church of Christians of the Evangelical Faith of Ukraine (Pentecostals), and the Kyivan Jewish Messiah society. The prayer was led by Bishop Joseph (Milyan), auxiliary bishop of the Kyivan Archeparchy of the UGCC.

26.01.2010 14:22:54

INTERDENOMINATIONAL PRAYER HELD IN LVIV

 

LVIV. As part of the International Prayer Week of January 18-25, 2010, in the chapel of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, an interdenominational prayer was held on January 21. The prayer was attended by representatives of various churches and Christian communities of Lviv, including the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. The event was organized by the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of UCU in partnership with Commission of UGGC for Promoting Christian Unity.

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19.01.2010 13:04:40

Head of the UGCC asked the faithful to pray for God’s blessing on the eve of the elections

 

“I invite you all today and every day before the presidential elections of Ukraine in your prayers to very cordially ask the Lord for the best fate for our state. God loves us, God wants good for us, and we, from our side, with prayer express our faith, conviction that we are in God’s hands,» said His Beatitude Lubomyr in his sermon for the feast of the Holy Mother of God. The request of the head of the UGCC was initiated by the World Federation of Ukrainian Woman Organizations. This organization which unites the different Ukrainian woman associations appealed to the bishops with a request that on the day of the Holy Mother of God, when we glorify the Mother of Jesus Christ, to especially remember Ukraine in prayers.

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14.01.2010 11:56:48

“Our desire is to return to the primary unity”: His Beatitude Lubomyr

«Christ’s Church in Ukraine, when Christianity was finally accepted by Saint Volodymyr at the end of the 10th century, was one. With the passing of time, especially in the last decades, this Church was divided and our desire is to return to the primary unity,» His Beatitude Lubomyr said in an interview for radio «Resurrection,» commenting on the initiative of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC, put forth in the synod’s message on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the legalization of the UGCC, the 65th anniversary of the death of Metropolitan Andrey, and the 25th anniversary of the death of Patriarch Joseph. This initiative is shown in the message with such words: «Instead of the monopolistic domain by the Christian Ukraine, which was characteristic of past epochs, we propose the unity of the community for today of the still divided Kyivan Church.»

The process of unity, according to the head of the UGCC, will be long and must be gradual. «We have to find a way to one another, being conscious of our differences; it will take some time, I would say, to get used to each other. We have to learn to respect each other, we must remember that we are divided and that through time this division created distinctions in each branch which we have to consider,» explained His Beatitude Lubomyr.

The synod’s message addresses the patriarchate of the UGCC. Therefore, His Beatitude Lubomyr was asked if the patriarchal order of the UGCC will hinder the development of the model community. «It has to help, because the UGCC has to be original. In the Orthodox tradition it is called autocephaly. In the Catholic tradition – the Church of „sui juris.“ The contents of one or another are not the complete dissociation of one from another. The purpose of the patriarchate is certain internal autonomy,» the head of the UGCC said. Thus, His Beatitude Lubomyr stressed that although the Church exists in the patriarchates, in national churches, it is the same Christ’s Church.

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