Rome & Ukraine

The Pope and Ukraine’s Church

The Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) is an institution of the Eastern rite Ukrainian Catholic Church. This church follows Byzantine-Slavic traditions but is in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

Papal Words and Deeds

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Husar and Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Pope Benedict XVI meets Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, current head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (left), and Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Patriarch Emeritus (right).

“The Catholic Church in Ukraine is a cause of joy and hope.”

As a material manifestation of his joy and hope, in 2007 the Holy Father donated $130,000 to the Ukrainian Catholic University from the personal gifts he received on his eightieth birthday.

“…the Ukrainian Catholic University can, without a doubt, provide important support for ecumenical activities.”
February 2008

“I would like to express my satisfaction with the law that the Ministry of Education recently passed regarding the Ukrainian Catholic University and so at the state level recognized its bachelor’s degree program in theology… This is an especially important event in the life of the Church in Ukraine, because, with such a decision, the Ukrainian authorities recognize that theology is a university discipline.”
March 2007

 

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II blessed a future UCU campus.

Blessed Pope John Paul II blessed the site of UCU’s future new campus during his historic visit to Ukraine in June 2001.

“The Catholic Church in Ukraine has begun again to breathe in freedom.”

For further information and the latest news on the Ukrainian Catholic Church, see the official UGCC website

Another link of interest:
Religious Information Service of Ukraine

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