As the 75th anniversary approaches of the massacre of 33 thousand Ukrainian Jews at Babyn Yar, Ukraine’s religious leaders have joined in a memorial service for the Nazis’ Roma victims killed at what was then a ravine on the outskirts of Kyiv.
Traditionally during the autumn season the representatives of various faiths, religious organizations, education, authorities, business, public sector, media and all people of good will gather and share their experience and work out solutions towards social problems.
Speaking on September 16 at a meeting of a joint Catholic-Orthodox theological commission, the chief ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church said that the activity of the "Uniates" - the Eastern churches in communion with Rome - is the greatest obstacle to greater unity between Catholics and Orthodox.
Secretary General of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences CCEE) MonsignorDuarte da Cunha urged members of the International Meeting on acts of charity, which is being held these days in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), to further solidarity with the Ukrainian people, who suffer from the consequences of military aggression in eastern Ukraine.
“We wish to embrace with special attention and assurances of prayer those directly affected by war: combatants, wounded, families of the deceased and missing, those who have been forced to leave their homes, and those living under occupation and at the boundary line,” goes the Synod’s message.
In Lviv on September 11, the Head of the UGCC, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, consecrated the unique, three-section University Church of the Holy Wisdom of God, which is located on the territory of UCU’s new campus.
Social ministry includes not only ongoing practical activities. It has an impact on the liturgy, catechesis, ecumenism development and so on. Social ministry permeates various sectors of the Church and is an integral part of nature.
His Beatitude Gregory III, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Alexandria and Jerusalem of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, in his speech to the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which is now ongoing in Bryukhovychi, proposed steps how to “strengthen our unity, our communion of the Church.”
The event was attended by representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora in the US, Veterans Union of the US Army soldiers of Ukrainian origin, military from Germany, France, Canada, Poland, Georgia, Turkey and Italy.
On August 30, the spiritual leader of the UGCC received the award from the hands of Ivan Franko grandson, Roland Franko “for outstanding contribution to the development of social and human sciences.”
Bishop of the Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy Richard Steven (Seminack) passed away at the age of 74, after a protracted battle with cancer. He died peacefully at Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation Center in Hoffman Estates, IL on August 16 at 3:33 PM (Central Time).
The prize winner was announced on August 5 at the University of Vienna. Representatives of the International Franko Fund reported that Lubomyr (Husar) won among the 14 nominees for the award.
The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has stepped up its complaints against Ukrainian Catholic Church, demanding that the next worldwide meeting of Orthodox leaders should discuss the status of Eastern churches that are in communion with Rome.
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople thanked the Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) for his support of the Pan-Orthodox Council, which he expressed in his letter.
I urge everyone to come this week, especially on July 28, the day of St. Prince Volodymyr, to our churches and by tradition to renew the vows we gave by the mouths of our godparents on the day of our Baptism.
For Ukrainian youth, according to the Primate of the UGCC, this is an extraordinary opportunity to tell the truth about the events in Ukraine, “about faith and hope of Ukraine’s Christians who, being in the situation of war, remain the believing people of God.”
Patriarch Sviatoslav stressed that the Moscow Patriarchate was often used as a tool in the hands of the aggressor and the problem lied in the fact that the Moscow Patriarchate community at the level of its spokespersons proved unable to conduct the dialogue with society.
There is a difference between peace and truce. The truce is a nonaggression pact. But this is not the desired solution. To achieve peace, both sides involved should strive for it. It cannot be so that one side wanted peace, and the other did the service: “Well, you are not going to attack.” This is only a truce. There will be no peace if only one side wants it.”
Father Andriy Buhvak told our correspondent in Zaporizhya Olena Piddubna: “We are starting to work on the project design. This is a big job, but very happy for us.”