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THE PAPAL VISIT TO UKRAINE    
June 23-27, 2001    
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• Pope Beatifies 28 Greek Catholics at Largest Byzantine Liturgy in History // 27.06.2001 (21:14)

• Pope Sings for Sykhiv Youth Rally // 27.06.2001 (21:06)

• GREETINGS OF HIS BEATITUDE CARDINAL LUBOMYR HUSAR TO HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DIVINE LITURGY, BEATIFICATION CEREMONY // 27.06.2001 (20:36)

• Greeting of his Holiness Pope John Paul II at the Youth Rally at Sykhiv // 26.06.2001 (21:15)

• Holy Father Blesses Ukrainian Catholic University // 26.06.2001 (21:47)

• Testimonies on Martyrs Now Available // 26.06.2001 (14:30)

• Pope Encourages a Plurality of Traditions // 25.06.2001 (15:20)

• Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Opens New Website // 25.06.2001 (15:02)

• “I know Lviv, ask me, please” // 25.06.2001 (14:57)

• Pope Praises Exemplary Relations Between Ukrainian Catholic Churches // 25.06.2001 (10:34)

• Interreligious Meeting with Pope Discusses Freedom and Responsibility // 25.06.2001 (10:27)

• Greetings of his Beatitude Cardinal Lubomyr Husar to his Holiness Pope John Paul II at the meeting with the Ukrainian Council of churches and religious organizations // 24.06.2001 (21:41)

• Greetings of his Beatitude Cardinal Lubomyr Husar to his Holiness Pope John Paul II at dinner with the bishops // 24.06.2001 (21:37)

• Pope Celebrates Ukrainian Mass with International Emphasis // 24.06.2001 (17:12)

• Pope Encourages Ukrainian Leaders to Build a Civilization of Love // 23.06.2001 (22:01)

• Pope Entrusts Ukrainian Trip to the Mother of God // 23.06.2001 (18:55)

• Pope John Paul II in Ukraine: “I Come as a Brother” // 23.06.2001 (16:31)

• Ukraine's Catholics Kiss Visiting Icon // 22.06.2001 (17:13)

• Pope John Paul II will pray in Ukrainian at liturgies in Kyiv // 22.06.2001 (16:45)

• Lviv's Nativity of the Mother of God parish awaits Pope // 22.06.2001 (16:36)

Pope Beatifies 28 Greek Catholics at Largest Byzantine Liturgy in History

The papal visit to Ukraine reached its climax Wednesday morning with a three-hour beatification ceremony for 27 martyrs and the foundress of a religious order. Estimates of those in attendance ranged from 900,000 to the Vatican press secretary’s count of 1,500,000, but even the smallest estimates confirm the opening remarks of Fr. Borys Gudziak that “Today you form the largest choir ever to sing the Byzantine Liturgy.”  Read more »»

27.06.2001 (21:14) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine


Pope Sings for Sykhiv Youth Rally

Fulfilling expectations, Pope John Paul II was energized by his Tuesday evening rally with over 400,000 youth in the Sykhiv neighborhood of Lviv. The audience had started gathering at 2 p.m. for musical performances and inspirational talks before the Pope’s arrival at 6 p.m.  Read more »»


27.06.2001 (21:06) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



GREETINGS OF HIS BEATITUDE CARDINAL LUBOMYR HUSAR TO HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DIVINE LITURGY, BEATIFICATION CEREMONY

The grace of the Holy Spirit has today brought us together here with you, Most Holy Father, in common prayer at this Divine Liturgy. In the past few days you have been in the capital city of Ukraine, from which shone forth the light of the teaching of Christ over all of ancient Rus’. Today you are greeted by the land of Galicia – the regions of western Ukraine -- where in recent decades it was necessary to defend the faith in a special way with witness of faithfulness to the teaching of Christ. Lviv and the Galician land where, due to historical circumstances, the Catholic faith in its Byzantine tradition has been maintained and developed over the past two centuries, fell victim to the occupation of an atheist regime and all its terrible consequences, especially the persecution of religion in general and of our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in particular.  Read more »»


27.06.2001 (20:36) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Greeting of his Holiness Pope John Paul II at the Youth Rally at Sykhiv

Greeting of his Holiness Pope John Paul II from parishioners of the Nativity of the Mother of God Church


Holy Father!
With great pleasure we welcome you to our young parish of the Nativity of the Mother of God. The birth of the small girl Mary was the beginning of God’s plan for the salvation of humanity. Today at the start of the third millennium from the birth of Christ, Divine Providence gives us new miracles to strengthen our faith: the revival of the Church, the birth of the Ukrainian State, the founding of our parish.  Read more »»


26.06.2001 (21:15) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Holy Father Blesses Ukrainian Catholic University Holy Father Blesses Ukrainian Catholic University

During his visit to Ukraine, Pope John Paul II took several steps to foster the new Ukrainian Catholic University based on the Lviv Theological Academy. On June 26, 2001, he blessed the new university campus and its staff. The following day he beatified seven of the Academy’s former faculty and students and joined His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar in blessing the university’s cornerstone.  Read more »»


26.06.2001 (21:47) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Testimonies on Martyrs Now Available Testimonies on Martyrs Now Available

In preparation for Pope’s beatification of the Greek Catholic Martyrs, the Lviv Institute of Church History has prepared selections from the archives used for the beatification process. Along with biographies, these vivid extracts will be read aloud in Ukrainian to the hundreds of thousands gathered for the Divine Liturgy in Lviv on Wednesday, June 27. This same material is available in English on the Papal Visit Website along with photographs from the archives. See the historical introduction and testimonies.  Read more »»


26.06.2001 (14:30) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Pope Encourages a Plurality of Traditions

Joining hundreds of thousands of Eastern Christians in Kyiv Monday morning, Pope John Paul II emphasized the importance of different traditions within the universal church. “There is a plurality of traditions, rites, canonical disciplines, which far from undermining the unity of the Body of Christ, on the contrary enrich it with the gifts brought by each one.”  Read more »»


25.06.2001 (15:20) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Opens New Website Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Opens New Website

In order to reach the worldwide audience following the Pope’s visit to Ukraine, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) opened its new website: www.ugcc.org.ua.  Read more »»


25.06.2001 (15:02) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



“I  know Lviv, ask me, please” “I know Lviv, ask me, please”

Nearly fourty volonteer guides are expecting guests and pilgrimages to Lviv’s center. They are not difficult to find since they are students dressed in blue T-shirts with the inscription, “I know Lviv, ask me, please”. They can be found in Rynok Square (Ploshcha Rynok), Prospect Svoboda and the other central streets of Lviv. Their activity will last from June 24 until June 28. The guides are all students from Lviv schools who have been educated as guides for Lviv. The speak English, Polish and German.  Read more »»


25.06.2001 (14:57) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Pope Praises Exemplary Relations Between Ukrainian Catholic Churches

Meeting with the Ukrainian Catholic Episcopate at lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature, Pope John Paul II commented on the flourishing number of vocations in Ukraine and emphasized the need for “first-rate educators and highly trained teachers, who can ensure a solid intellectual and spiritual foundation for the priests of tomorrow.” He also encouraged the bishops to issue a comprehensive catechism in Ukrainian.  Read more »»


25.06.2001 (10:34) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Interreligious Meeting with Pope Discusses Freedom and Responsibility

Sunday evening, June 24th, Pope John Paul II met with representatives of the Pan-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations in the foyer of the Palace of the National Philharmonic of Kyiv.  Read more »»


25.06.2001 (10:27) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Greetings of his Beatitude Cardinal Lubomyr Husar to his Holiness Pope John Paul II at the meeting with the Ukrainian Council of churches and religious organizations

The Philharmonic, Sunday June 24, 2001
Most Holy Father,
It is my great honor, as the current Chairman of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations, to welcome you among us.  Read more »»


24.06.2001 (21:41) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Greetings of his Beatitude Cardinal Lubomyr Husar to his Holiness Pope John Paul II at dinner with the bishops

Kiev, 24 June 2001
Most Holy Father:
I would like first of all to thank the Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Archbishop Nicola Eterovich, for having provided this occasion to be with Your Holiness and to enjoy the fellowship of this meal. These moments will be unforgettable for us.  Read more »»


24.06.2001 (21:37) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Pope Celebrates Ukrainian Mass with International Emphasis

Pope John Paul II's first Mass in Ukraine demonstrated his broad appeal to Christians of many languages and nations gathered at Chayka Airport Sunday morning.  Read more »»


24.06.2001 (17:12) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Pope Encourages Ukrainian Leaders to Build a Civilization of Love

This evening in Kyiv, Pope John Paul II called upon leading Ukrainian political and civic figures to strengthen the "three pillars of any authentically human civilization": recognition of God's authority, respect for the dignity of the human person, and the exercise of power to serve the weakest in society.  Read more »»


23.06.2001 (22:01) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Pope Entrusts Ukrainian Trip to the Mother of God

Following an official state welcome at Boryspil Airport, Pope John Paul II made his first visit to a Ukrainian shrine, the Church of St. Nicholas at the tomb of Askold, symbolic as the site of several significant events in Ukrainian history.  Read more »»


23.06.2001 (18:55) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Pope John Paul II in Ukraine: “I Come as a Brother”

Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Ukraine began at 12:30 p.m. today with the ritual kiss of local soil and official greetings from Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma at Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv. Opening the official state visit, both heads of state recalled the Christian character of Ukraine’s history and the challenges awaiting the nation. The Pope also asked the Ukrainian Orthodox for forgiveness as he likewise offered forgiveness for the wrongs endured against Catholics in Ukraine.  Read more »»


23.06.2001 (16:31) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine



Ukraine's Catholics Kiss Visiting Icon Ukraine's Catholics Kiss Visiting Icon

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- As Pope John Paul II's long-awaited visit to Ukraine approaches, Greek Catholic parishioners are streaming in to a little church in the capital Kyiv to kiss a visiting treasure: the Virgin of Zarvanytsia.  Read more »»


22.06.2001 (17:13) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine // Source: Marina Sysoyevas, Associated Press



Pope John Paul II will pray in Ukrainian at liturgies in Kyiv

KYIV, June 19 - Pope John Paul II is expected to pray in Ukrainian during liturgies in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, the head of the visit's organizing committee said Tuesday. The pope, who was originally from neighboring Poland, knows several languages and often recites a few words in the local tongue when he travels.  Read more »»


22.06.2001 (16:45) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine // Source: The Associated Press, June 19



Lviv's Nativity of the Mother of God parish awaits Pope

LVIV, Ukraine (CNS) -- The church's brick-red walls are unfinished; the edges are rough. Much of the church's surrounding field has not been sown with seedlings. Inside, parishioners mustered a makeshift altar for Pope John Paul II's June 24-27 visit to their homeland. Despite the lack of grandeur, the Vatican selected Nativity of the Mother of God Church as one of two sites from which the pope will speak to the public in Lviv, the center of Ukrainian Catholicism.  Read more »»


22.06.2001 (16:36) // Religious Information Service of Ukraine // Source: Zenon Zawada, Catholic News Service




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