“That's why we, on the one hand, work and pray for unity between churches and on the other hand we declare the need for freedom of the Church and partnerships with our Ukrainian state,” said the patriarch.
Traditional Prayer for Peace, initiated by the Community of Sant'Egidio was held on 8 April in the capital Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Alexander. The prayer service was attended by clergy of the Roman, Greek Catholic and Lutheran churches, and faithful of various denominations.
A Greek Catholic Studite priest, Fr Orest (Salo) came up with the idea to build a chapel. The chaplain’s idea was brought in life by fighter Stepаn Babunych. He comes from Turka district, Lviv region, before the war he had worked with wood, so he led the entire construction process here.
On 15th March 2015, Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. welcomed Fr. Ihor Kolisnyk C.Ss.R. to New Zealand and officially launched the new parish at 2 Glen Oaks, St. Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand. Fr. Ihor had only arrived in late February from the Redemptorist monastery in Lviv, Ukraine.
Pope Francis has given his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church of Rev. Fr. Teodor (Taras) Martynyuk, M.S.U., as auxiliary of the archieparchy of Ternopil'-Zboriv.
President Poroshenko and Prime Minister of Ukraine Yatsenyuk expressed condolences to the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the death of Head of the Diocese Archbishop Gregor Buniatyan.
“During our visit to the Vatican I was approached in the temple by local journalists and asked about the situation in Ukraine. And they said that Ukraine is like a man who was beaten and Europe was like those who passed by.”