Despite efforts the past three years, a “stable cease-fire” has never been achieved, “therefore, we ask international organizations to continue diplomatic approaches to stop the aggressor and end the war so that true peace can be reached,” he said in a written statement received by Catholic News Service February 22.
Ukrainian military chaplains of different denminations and religions have joined the world campaign “22 Push-ups challenge” in support of Ukrainian military – Fr Lubomyr Yavorsky, Deputy Head of the Department of the Patriarchal Curia of the UGCC of the Pastoral care for Armed Forces of Ukraine, said on his Facebook page.
From 27 January to 6 February 2017, Dr. Andriy Tanasiichuk, protosyncellus of Odesa and Crimea Exarchate visited the parishes of the Crimean exarchate jointly with the local clergymen.
On February 9, at the session of Lviv city council its members approved a detailed plan for renovation of St. George Cathedral with the reconstruction of the Pilgrimage of St. George, landscaping of Metropolitan gardens and proposals to determine the location of the monument to Metropolitan Andrey.
As part of the year of Patriarch Josyp Slipyj in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Kyiv and other cities of Ukraine will mark the 125th birthday anniversary Patriarch Josyp Slipyj, according to the Information Department of the UGCC.
The Synod of Bishops of the UGCC calls upon the clergy and faithful of the UGCC and all people of good will to follow the rules of road safety.
You as his messenger attended even those places where our bishops can not get to accomplish their pastoral ministry [meaning territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions temporarily under control of Russia-backed militants, RISU]. To the parishes in Donetsk and Luhansk, over which we have a duty to care, a hand of the Church reached through your visit”, said the patriarch
Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Patriarch Sviatoslav led an interfaith Prayer for Christian Unity, held on January 23, 2017 at the Church of St. Basil the Great in Kyiv, within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The second winter rehabilitation and recreation camp "Thank You" for the families of ATO soldiers that was held in the picturesque Carpathian lands during the Christmas period, on 13-20 January, has recently come to an end.
On Christmas Eve, January 6, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk will share a holiday meal usually called a holy supper (свята вечеря) with the internally displaced people from Eastern Ukraine.
said the Patriarch of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) during the Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Odessa on December 11, 2016
The vice-rector of UCU identified three main components, urging so many Ukrainians vote for independence on December 1, 1991.
“We came here to this famous hospital, because there a special place and space where you serve and save the lives of our heroes, see the blood, suffering, tears,” the patriarch said.
A specially designed draft resolution was brought to Parliament’s consideration to worthily mark the 125th birthday anniversary of Iosyp Slipyy, the Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, which falls on February 17, Zbruc reports.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Patriarch of the UGCC, spoke about church marriage and family in the latest issue of the TV project “Open Church” on Zhyve TV.
On November 25, Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine issued an appeal on the occasion of the Holodomor Remembrance Day, in which expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on these days of nation-wide remembrance and mourning for the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.
While in the area of ATO, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head of the UGCC, visited one of the local military chapels existing from the beginning of war. The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic community was welcomed by military chaplains and military-clad believers, the “People's Army” website reported on November 25.