Pope Francis: "Christians must pray for their leaders"


   Humility and love are indispensable traits of those who govern, while citizens, especially if they are Catholic, cannot be indifferent to politics. That was Pope Francis’ message this morning during his daily Mass at Santa Marta, as he called for prayers for those in authority.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church not ready to change to gregorian calendar


   The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will not change to the Gregorian calendar in the near future because there is no background or reason for this, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk said during a web conference at RISU. Patriarch Sviatoslav said that part of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in some countries changed to the new calendar, but it led to the division of parishes.

Pope Francis: “Words can kill”


   Where there is God there is no hatred, envy or jealousy, and there is no gossip that can kill. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ homily this morning as he celebrated Mass in the Casa Santa Marta after the summer break.
The Pope first reflected on today’s liturgical reading which tells of the meeting between Jesus and the people of Nazareth as recounted by the Gospel according to Luke.

His Beautitude Lubomyr commented on political dimension of the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine


   The commemoration of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine has no sense, if it is devoid of its religious content. His Beatitude Archbishop Emeritus Lubomyr (Husar) in Dzerkalo Tyzhnia voiced this contention in answer to the question how does His Beatitude Lubomyr evaluate the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine on the state level?

Poll finds church marriages twice as strong as official ones


   According to a poll conducted by the company GfK Ukraine, the rate of separation for Ukrainians in civil marriages is18%, for church marriages 6%, ZN.UA reports. Civil marriage is most popular in Kyiv, as well as in the southern and eastern regions, while religious marriage is most popular in the western region.

Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) blessed the Patriarchal Cathedral in Kyiv


   The relics of the apostles Peter, Paul and Andrew, Popes Clement of Rome and St. Martin, who died on the Ukrainian lands, Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych, and the blessed martyr of the twentieth century Mykola Charnetsky and Josaphat Kotsylovskyj was placed in the four corners and the center of the main altar during the consecration of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church starts an internet-project LIVE.TV


   The first direct broadcast was on August 9th. Creators of LIVE TV expect an audience of internet-users, primarily youth. The channel may perhaps even carry advertisements, excluding those of beer or wine. The channel will be directed by UGCC Department of Information head, rev. Ihor Yatsiv.

Patriarch Shevchuk: priests should not be involved in politics


   In an interview with UNIAN, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) spoke about why priests should not be involved in politics, the importance of freedom of the church from the government, and the need to change the stereotypical notion of power.

Pope Francis in Copacabana: ``Make Christ the center of your lives!``

   July 26th, 2013 (Romereports.com) Pope Francis had his first official encounter with over one million pilgrims attending WYD at Rio's Copacabana beach. After a long journey in his popemobile through the cheering crowds, who didn't seem to mind the bad weather, Pope Francis reached the main stage for the celebration.

Blessed John Paul II will Be declared a saint


   The Vatican has approved the the last miracle needed to confirm John Paul II’s sainthood. All that’s needed is a signature from Pope Francis. The process of declaring former pope John Paul II a saint took a major step forward Tuesday, when the board of theologians of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved his second miracle.

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