Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head and Father of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, confirmed that he will visit the Australian Eparchy in September 2014. Confirmation letter Bishop Peter Stasiuk received on the 15th of April, 2014.
Father Oleksandr Dorykevych, a Greek Catholic priest from the Ivano-Frankivsk Archeparchy, was tragically killed in a car accident in Spain on April 14.
The Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church approved on April 4 “Instructions on the Behavior of the Clergy during Political Election Campaigns.” The authors were prompted to issue the document in response to the behavior of clergy during the parliamentary electoral campaign of 2012.
Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, named a key player in Christian ecumenism worldwide by "Inside the Vatican" magazine.
Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych, with the consent of the Synod of Bishops and having consulted with the Holy See, has created the Kharkiv Exarchate of the UGCC, separating its territory from the Donetsk and Kharkiv Exarchate.
The UGCC is asking people of good will to join the campaign “Easter Baskets for Prisoners.”
“Today Ukraine needs people who have a new heart, cleansed from selfishness, love of power and money. Let us pray and find new fair leaders for our country,” he said.
On March 25 representatives of the Department of Military Chaplaincy the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and military chaplains held a working meeting Col. Peter Kostiuk, Advisor to the Ukrainian Minister of Defense.
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced its plan to send emergency care package to both Kyiv and Crimea. ACN will provide medical help and food for people recovering from the recent Maidan protests in Kyiv. The organization intends to build for some 500 displaced poor families in Crimea a soup kitchen and supply basic provisions, Vatican Radio informs.
In Sevastopol today armed men seized father Mykola Kvych, pastor and military chaplain ofthe Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. He was seized in the church.
The Department of the Patriarchal Curia of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for Pastoral Care in the Armed Forces of Ukraine has appealed to the bishops of the UGCC to help secure chaplains for the Ukrainian military.
On March 4, during his official visit to Kyiv, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations. At the meeting, John Kerry commented on the religious community’s enormous peacekeeping role during the events on Independence Square.
"The role of the church is consistent. During the last three months, the church, especially the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, was with its people. And it will continue to remain with its people. If, God forbid, we will have to stand together on the battlefield with our soldiers, with our army, the Ukrainian Church, especially the UGCC, is ready to provide pastoral support."
The image of the Heavenly Hundred is in the conscience of the millions who remain on earth: Who will assume responsibility for the new national tragedy? Official investigations are not enough; a national, if not international, tribunal is needed.