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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

UKRAINE

PRESIDENT HIS GRACE MGR. MIECZYSLAW MOKRZYCKI ARCHBISHOP OF LVIV

BISHOPS CONFERENCE

CURRENT NUMBERS Our Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops consists of one Metropolitan Archdiocese and six dioceses; seven Ordinary Bishops, six Auxiliary Bishops and four Bishops emeritus. JUBILEE YEARS 2016-2017 We are experiencing two years of major celebrations: 25 years of religious freedom after the collapse of the Soviet Union (1991), 15 years since the visit of Saint John Paul II to Ukraine (23-26 June 2001) and 100 years since the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima. Different celebrations were held in the dioceses on such occasions. YEAR OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA IN UKRAINE Our Plenary Session of November 2016 decided to announce a “Year of Our Lady of Fatima” in 2017. Each diocese is organising a diocesan pilgrimage day. The national event took place on 16 July 2017 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Berdychiv (Region of Vinnytsa). BISHOP JAN SOBILO APPOINTED HEAD OF THE “POPE FOR UKRAINE” INITIATIVE On 24 April 2016, by a decision of Pope Francis, a special collection in favour of Ukraine was held throughout Europe. The Latin-rite Catholic Bishop Jan Sobilo, tAuxiliary Bishop of KharkivZaporizhia, was appointed Head of the Com-

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SECRETARY GENERAL HIS LORDSHIP MGR. VITALIJ SKOMAROVSKYI BISHOP OF LUTSK

mission which examines the different projects for distributing the funds. 16 million Euros (11 million collected by European dioceses and 5 coming from the Vatican) are being distributed. PLENARY SESSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE: PLANNING THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE Our Conference of Bishops held its 47th and 48th Plenary Sessions in November 2016 and March 2017. The bishops discussed the immediate future and made some pastoral plans. Bishop Vitalii Skomarovski was appointed Head of the Commission on Relations with the State and Bishop Jan Sobilo Head of the Justice and Peace Commission. Other appointments: President of National Caritas-Spes, Fr. Petro Zharkowski, and new members of the Commissions on Family Ministry and Youth Ministry were confirmed. APOSTOLIC NUNCIO PREACHES RETREAT FOR THE BISHOPS OF BOTH RITES In November 2017, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, preached a joint retreat for both Roman and Greek Catholic Bishops at the Roman Catholic Seminary of L’viv Archdiocese. The main theme of the retreat was: Prophet Jonah as icon of the mission of Bishops in Ukraine. After this two-day retreat, bishops held joint meetings.

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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