"On behalf of all of the faithful of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Eparchy in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Switzerland, and in the name of all Ukrainians in these lands, I express our heartfelt condolences and spiritual solidarity.
On July 20, Prime Minister of Ukraine Yatsenyuk joined the All-Ukrainian Pilgrimage to Zarvanytsya in Ternopil. Along with tens of thousands of believers, he participated in the Liturgy of the Virgin Mary’s spiritual center of Zarvanytsya.
A Christian has no right to be an initiator of murder, because it is always evil. But, in particular, in the military confrontation, a Christian has a responsibility to defend his land and their people in the ways and means proportionate to the attack, said His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Head of the UGCC, answering questions by young people during this year's Ukrainian Youth Pilgrimage to Zarvanytsya.
On behalf of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) expressed condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the plane crash in Donetsk region and urged the international community to do everything possible to stop armed aggression against Ukraine. This was stated in his letter to the ambassadors of foreign countries, published by the UGCC Information Department.
On July 18, Bishop Bohdan (Dziurakh), Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC, prayed for the repose of the victims of the terrorists attack on Boeing 777 in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kyiv.
On July 13, in Prudentopolis in Brazil the UGCC Primate Patriarch Svyatoslav enthroned His Eminence Myron Mazur as a diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin.
Father Tikhon Kulbaka, a priest of the UGCC on Donetsk, who had been captured by the terrorists in early July, is now free and there is no threat to his life. It was reported by protestant pastor Serhiy Kosyak on his Facebook page.
UGCC head Svyatoslav Shevchuk is making a pastoral visit to Brazil. The chief purpose of the trip is to take part in the enthronement of bishops Myron Mazur and Volodymyr Kovbytch, which will take place on July 13 in Prudentopolis and on July 15 in Coritiba.
The UGCC prison chaplains will soon get their heavenly patron. He will be Vasyl Velychkovskyy, the blessed hieromartyr and years-long prisoner of the Soviet GULAG and the locum tenens of the underground Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine.
Kyiv maintains a tradition of monthly ecumenical prayer for peace in Ukraine and worldwide. Each time the public prayers are held at the catholic St. Alexander Church, located near Maidan in Kyiv. St. Egidius' community invites everyone willing to join.
In a letter of support of the Ukrainian military servicemen Metropolitan Ihor (Voznyak) stressed that “we witness the coming of a new generation of heroes ready to sacrifice their lives and forget about comfort and calmness, who are the first to respond to the cry for help of their land”.
This is a violation of basic human rights: the right to life, liberty and security of person, the right to freedom of religion.
On behalf of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Patriarch Svyatoslav (Shevchuk) extended his condolences to the UOC-MP in connection with the departure into eternity of Metropolitan Volodymyr (Sabodan).
The wounded soldiers staying at the Military Medical Clinical Center of the North region in Kharkiv were visited by medical chaplains from Western Ukraine.
On June 26 at the Vatican Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), Head of the UGCC met with our Holy Father Francis. The meeting was part of an audience for members of the 87th Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
The Bishop advises all Ukrainians to be above the evil that the Russian Federation had sown
The 87th Assembly of the council organizations that help the Eastern Catholic Churches (BCAA) lasts in the Vatican. On this occasion, on June 24, 2014, II Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri held a Mass for the donators in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, at the tomb of St. John Paul.
“Do not believe the propaganda! We are not your enemies, we are your brothers in Christ! We strive to be good neighbors, to have friendly relations and close cooperation with you”.
Head of the Patriarchal Curia Department of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for Pastoral Care of the Law-enforcement agencies of Ukraine Mykhailo (Koltun) reported that military chaplains provide spiritual care to the Ukrainian soldiers fighting in Lugansk and Donetsk regions.