Pope Benedict XVI Announces His Resignation at end of Month

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

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

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   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.

Archbishop Lubomyr (Husar): ‘If the government does not fulfill its obligations, then the society has not the right but the obligation to change it’

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   During a meeting with graduate students in the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) master’s program in journalism, Archbishop Lubomyr (Husar) discussed the threat of secularism, the consumerist mindset of Ukrainians, and problems with the church’s involvement in politics in the context of globalization of modern Ukraine.

UGCC Head delivers a gift from Ukrainian pilgrims to the Holy Father

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   In presenting this gift, His Beatitude Sviatoslav noted that this lamp symbolizes the Church which is “the light of nations” as is mentioned in the Constitution «Lumen gentium», ratified by the Second Vatican Council fifty years ago. The UGCC Head added that the restored Cathedral of St. Sophia in Rome signifies for UGCC, a new evangelization in the commencement by the Pope of the “Year of Faith” in the Catholic Church.

2013 Proclaimed Year of Faith in UGCC by its Synod

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   In response to the initiative of Pope Benedict XVI, the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church held in Winnipeg proclaimed 2013 the Year of the Faith in the UGCC and set up an organizing committee to plan spiritual events in the context of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine, the Communicate of the Synod says.

25 Thousand People Attend Consecration Of Main UGCC Catedral In Kolomyia

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   On August 19, 2012, in the town of Kolomyia of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, the main shrine of the Kolomyia-Chernivtsi Eparchy of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), the Cathedral of Transfiguration of Christ was consecrated.

Cardinal Husar: Unity of Church to be restored on basis of Religion and not Politics

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   According to Cardinal Lubomyr (Husar), politics should be put aside from religion. “Talking about the one Church of the Kyivan tradition which unfortunately split in 4 in the course of history, we should restore it not on the basis of politics but on the basis of religion, our attitude to God,” said the hierarch on the TV show Shuster Live.

Pope tells infertile couples to shun artificial procreation

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   Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday urged infertile couples to shun artificial procreation, decrying such methods as a form of arrogance.
   Speaking at the end of a three-day Vatican conference on diagnosing and treating infertility, Benedict also reiterated church teaching that marriage is the only permissible place to conceive children.

The Exaltation of the Cross

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   The Exaltation of the Cross is one of the twelve great feasts in the yearly Church cycle. It commemorates two historical events: first, the finding of the Life-giving Cross in the year 326, and second, its recovery from Persia in 628.
   In the first centuries of Christianity, during the years of persecution, the pagans wished to destroy all evidence of the life of Jesus Christ, and the Cross on which He was crucified disappeared.

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

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   On the 21 of September our Church acknowledges the birth of the Theotokos (Mother of God). As the Church's Liturgical Year begins on September 1st, it is only fitting that the Nativity of Mary, the Mother of God, be celebrated as the first major feast of the year.

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