A first book about Pope Francis appears in Ukraine


   Francis the Pope: Life and Challenges, the first book in Ukraine about the newly elected Pope Francis has been published. Its author, Saverio Gaeta recounts moving and complex moments of the Pope’s biography, narrating the forced emigration of his parents from Italy, his first infatuation, his love of soccer and tango, the letter from his grandmother, which to this day he carries in his missal (Chasoslov).

UGCC has begun its Marriage Week


   “This year is the third time that UGCC in Ukraine is joining in conducting a Marriage Week. As is known, Marriage Week is an international event which is geared towards spreading family values in society. The celebrations began with Mother’s Day and will last until May 19th,” informed Rev. Bohdan Tymchyshyn , head of UGCC Commission on Matters of the Family.

Holy Father sent a letter to UGCC Head

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   His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), Head of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church received a letter from Holy Father Francis. The letter states: “I thank you sincerely for the greetings which you sent me in the name of the entire Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church on my selection for Peter’s throne.

Head of UGCC leads church delegation to Holy Land


   The Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) led a delegation of UGCC to the Holy Land which is to stay there on 4-10 April. The pilgrimage is organized on occasion of the Year of the Faith. The delegation is to visit Tel-Aviv, Haifa, Capernaum, Nazareth and other places.

Pope Francis calls on reps of different churches and religions to defend human dignity and build peace


   The meeting was held on March 20, 2013, in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. Greeting the representatives of other Christian churches that participated in the inaugural Mass, the pope said that he will further pray for unity among believers.

Patriarch Sviatoslav: "Newly elected pope knows Ukrainian Catholic Church, its liturgy and spirituality"


   RISU correspondent in Rome Oksana Shkodziska took the commentary of Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk about newly elected Pope Francis.

New Pope has chosen name Francis


   The new pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio will be called Francis, the 266th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church. He is also the first non-European pope in more than 1,200 years and the first member of the Jesuit order to lead the church.

Pope Benedict XVI Announces His Resignation at end of Month


   Pope Benedict XVI said he plans on resigning the papal office on February 28th. Below please find his announcement.

Ukrainian christmas traditions


   Among the Ukrainians, the most beloved of all festivities is Christmas which covers a cycle of important fest days, centering around family and agricultural modes of life, is very colourful, being the most important part of Christmas.

Bishops of 14 european countries pray together for victims of genocidal holodomor


   The Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) is praying for the victims of the Genocidal Holodomor together with the Catholic bishops of the Eastern Rite in Zagreb where they are having an annual meeting.

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