Pope announces Synod on Pastoral Challenges of the Family


   Pope Francis has announced the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will held at the Vatican from October 5 to October 19, 2014.
The theme of the Extraordinary General Assembly will be “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

Canonization date announced for Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII


   Pope Francis held the Public Ordinary Consistory for the forthcoming Canonization of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. During the course of the Consistory in the Vatican's Consistory Hall, the Pope decreed that his two predecessors will be raised to Sainthood on April 27, 2014, the day on which the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.

Pope-emeritus exchanges letters with noted atheist philosopher


Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has had an exchange of letters with the noted Italian mathematician and philosopher, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, excerpts from which appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Italian daily, La Repubblica.

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.

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