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)
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;
ECUMENISM IS A WAY OF LIFE
The 4th plenary session of the Christian Interconfessional Consultative Committee took place in
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).
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.
From 2 to 4 October 2013 Warsaw europium center of Orthodox Culture will host an international conference «Reconciliation in Central and Eastern Europe. New Challenges», which is held within the scope of the project «Reconciliation in Europe. The target of the Church in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Germany».
Religious communities in Ukraine are always concerned when the Verkhovna Rada votes for the so-called Euro packets, because Ukrainian parliamentarians often selectively vote for laws that are necessary for integration, said the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, in an interview with the Lviv Regional Council.
The heads of Ukrainian Churches appealed to believers and people of good will on the occasion of the Day of Prayer for the preservation of the environment and the whole world which was created by God.