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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

UKRAINE

SYNOD OF THE GREEK-CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catholic Church and Christian values in Ukrainian society. DEATH OF CARDINAL HUSAR The funeral of the much-loved Cardinal Liubomyr Husar, Major Archbishop Emeritus of Kyiv-Halyč, who died on 31May 2017, was transformed into a spontaneous and moving homage on the part of the Ukrainian people to its “national patriarch” who enjoyed indisputable authority recognised by the whole of Ukrainian society. Thousands of faithful in Lviv and Kyiv, the civil authorities as well as representatives of the Churches and the country’s religious organisations, took part in the funeral commemorations. Pope Francis expressed his final homage to the late Cardinal through his special envoy – Archbishop Ciril Vasil, Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. In the Letter of condolence addressed to His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the Pope recalled the extraordinary commitment of Cardinal Husar to the “rebirth of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church”, “his tenacious faithfulness to Christ”, as well as his fruitful apostolic and ecumenical activity.

ended with a solemn celebration of Mass with the participation of more than 6,000 faithful, in the course of which His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk consecrated Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of the Theotokos. MEDIA ISSUES The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church’s Strategy for communication and media activity was approved by the Permanent Synod in May 2017. One of the projects developed in the framework of this Strategy is a series of television programmes “The open Church” devoted to the promotion of the social teaching of the

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COMMEMORATION On 12 June 2017, His Beatitude Sviatoslav published a Pastoral Letter to mark the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the so-called “Operation Vistula” in the course of which more than 145,000 Ukrainians were expelled from ethnic territories inhabited by them in Eastern Poland. The leader of the Church called for prayers for the victims of this crime and invited the faithful to set out along the path of purification of the memory, of reconciliation with the neighbouring peoples as well as a new pastoral and missionary impulse of the Greek-Catholic Church in Poland and in Ukraine. DEFENCE OF THE FAMILY The inter-denominational March in defence of the family and for the promotion of family values, promoted by the Pan-Ukraine Council of the Churches and religious organisations, took place for the second time on 3 June 2017 in Kyiv and in other cities in Ukraine.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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