The meeting ended on Sunday, October 23, with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Church presided over by His Beatitude Svlatoslav Schevchuk.
Thanks to the coordinated cooperation between the faithful, hierarchs and priests in Western Europe, where the UGCC has no church entities, 255 religious communities have been successfully opened, 173 of which are under the care of priests.
The leader of the Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine also underlined the positive value of this unique migration. The faithful of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches in Western countries are not just objects of pastoral care, but true and proper “agents of the new evagelisation”.
All three prefaces relate to the manipulation with the name of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky of the UGCC, said rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), history professor Igor Skochylias to Radio Liberty.
The annual meeting of the Bishops of the Catholic Eastern Rite Churches in Europe is taking place this year at Fatima (Portugal), 20-23 October.
Bishop Soter Stephen Ortynsky (1866-1916) was the first Bishop of all Eastern Catholics in the United States.
On October 6-9, Monaco hosted the Plenary Assembly of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe. On Saturday, October 8, the regular working meeting of the heads of Catholic Dioceses across Europe heard reports on pastoral challenges the Church faces in their communities.
Mr. Dzyuba was recognized for his decades-long commitment to human rights and fostering dialogue between nations. He was an authoritative voice during the repressive Soviet period, speaking out against xenophobia and anti-Semitism and working for national reconciliation.
On October 2, thousands of people walked in the columns of "March for Life" along the main street of Zaporizhya. This is the second march in the city, organized by the Spiritual Council of Christian Churches of Zaporizhya.
We can and tonight we are breathing together like two lungs of one body, in the beloved phrase of St. John Paul II, and thinking together in the metaphor of the Sheptytsky Institute’s founder, Fr. Andriy Chirovsky, like two hemispheres of one brain.
On September 17-24, Kenyan capital Nairobi hosted the executive committee meeting of the international Catholic lay organization “Unum omnes.”
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.