On the eve of the Resurrection of Christ, Primates and bishops of the Ukrainian churches appealed to the faithful and the clergy with messages dedicated to this feast.
Today in Dnipropetrovsk the first non-state Ukrainian Unified Social Services Centre founded by Caritas Ukraine was opened. The center’s premises were blessed by Head of the UGCC, Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk). The premises will host 12 separate projects, whose purpose is to help needy residents of the area, regardless of their confessional or religious affiliation.
Representatives of the Pontifical Council managing humanitarian initiatives of the Holy See have arrived to Kyiv. This visit is to facilitate the project of assistance to Ukraine.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav is convinced that the most important thing is that the Holy Father broke the silence as to the war in Ukraine.
Religious procession that is to be led by the students of the Ukrainian Papal College of St. Josaphat starts at 3 pm. The cross will carry the representatives of various religious orders and civic institutions.
As the UGCC has chosen the issue of countering the sin of corruption as central to its public message this year, on April 16, Patriarch Sviatoslav sent a special message to young people, urging them to be at the forefront of the liberation from the virus of corruption that has spread to all spheres of life, especially in education.
Bishop Peter Stasiuk is the vice chair of Caritas Australia. He has been invited to attend the events in Kathmandu in a few weeks. About eight Bishops from other countries will attend as well.
On April 15, 2016, “Knyharnia Ye” bookstore of Kyiv will host a presentation of the book by Lubomyr (Husar) entitled “Adam’s dignity.” The presentation was organized by the UGCC Information Department and “Knyharnia Ye” bookstore (Lysenko str., 3). It is scheduled for 14.00.
Pastors are called to help people heal from corruption, and the Holy Sacrament of Confession is a special hospitalto cure human conscience from all sins,”goes the Address of the Synod of Bishops of Kyiv-Galician Major Archbishopric of the UGCC" On overcoming of moral illness of corruption” as of April 6.
Corruption that permeates almost all spheres of our national life, injustice in the courts, dishonesty at work, alcoholism and drug addiction, adultery and immorality, murder of the unborn, predatory attitude towards nature - unfortunately, this is not an exhaustive list of the national diseases that weaken the vitality of our nation, causing irreparable damage to present and future generations.
The motive of this year's Way of the Cross was the biography of Blessed Martyr Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky, long-term prisoner of the Soviet GULAG.
“The Ambassador showed his concern about the current social crisis in our country. In turn, I told, based on the results of AUCCRO trip to The Hague (Netherlands), how the Ukrainian church community tries to adopt an active civic stance,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav commented on the course of the meeting.
On March 28, the delegation of All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations left for the Netherlands to participate in several events. In particular, the schedule includes the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, members of parliament, a press conference, a reception at the Embassy of Ukraine.
The statement of the UGCC was published on behalf of the international scientific conference “Power of faith vs. abuse of power: Greek Catholics of Central and Eastern Europe in the context of persecution by totalitarian regimes after World War II,” held in Shevchenko Kyiv National University on 17 March 2016.
Hungary is ready to financially support priests of the UGCC. The Head of PMD, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Kyiv Joseph (Milian) was reported as saying after a meeting with the Minister of Human Resources Zoltan Balog of Hungary in Budapest.
Spiritual leaders of Ukraine expressed their condolences regarding the series of terrorist attacks that happened on March 22 in Brussels.
The church can be easily disassembled and transported. The constructor of the church is father Vasyl Ivanuik, dean of the Kramatorsk deanery, a military chaplain.
The patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church during the roundtable "Forcible liquidation of UGCC and its consequences: lessons and challenges for today" held in Kyiv told what is happening with the UGCC in the annexed Crimea.
According to him, living through this anniversary, we wanted not only to commemorate the victims of this tragic event in a religious way, but we really wanted to have an opportunity of deep intellectual grasp of what happened.
On March 17, 2016, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University will host the international scientific conference “The power of faith against the abuse of power: the Greek Catholics of Central and Eastern Europe in the context of persecution by totalitarian regimes after World War II.”