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
“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.”
“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.”
Pope John Paul II
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