Pope's Address at Wednesday General Audience, July 4, 2001 // 05.07.2001 (10:57)
UKRAINE - LVIV - 27.06.2001. International Airport. Farewell Ceremony // 27.06.2001 (20:37)
UKRAINE - LVIV - 27.06.2001. Hippodrome. Divine Liturgy // 27.06.2001 (16:16)
Attention journalists! // 27.06.2001 (15:46)
UKRAINE - SYKHIV - 26.06.2001. Esplanade in front of the Nativity of the Mother of God Church. Youth Meeting // 26.06.2001 (20:53)
UKRAINE - LVIV - 26.06.2001. Hippodrome. Holy Mass // 26.06.2001 (13:00)
UKRAINE - KYIV - 25.06.2001. Chayka Airport. Divine Liturgy // 25.06.2001 (14:30)
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001. Palace of the National Philharmonic - Foyer // 24.06.2001 (20:08)
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001. Apostolic Nunciature. Meeting with the Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Episcopate // 24.06.2001 (17:56)
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001, Chayka Airport, Angelus Domini // 24.06.2001 (17:42)
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001, Chayka Airport, Holy Mass // 24.06.2001 (13:39)
UKRAINE - KYIV - 23.06.2001, Presidential Palace, Meeting with the worlds of politics, culture, science and business // 23.06.2001 (19:07)
UKRAINE - KYIV - 23.06.2001 Greek Catholic Church of Saint Nicolas Prayer // 23.06.2001 (16:35)
Welcome ceremony - Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv (June 23, 2001) // 23.06.2001 (13:51)
UKRAINE - LVIV - 27.06.2001. International Airport. Farewell Ceremony
Mr President of the Republic of Ukraine,
Dear Brothers in the Episcopate,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. The moment of farewell has arrived. With affection I greet all of you here present and through you I greet the people of Ukraine whom I have come to know better during these days. I especially greet the people of the cities of Kyiv and Lviv who welcomed me, and those who came from other cities and regions to meet me.
Upon my arrival, I felt embraced by the affection of the city of Kyiv with its golden domes and tapestry of gardens. I then experienced the traditional hospitality of Lviv, a city of famous monuments, rich in Christian memories.
I am now sad to leave this land, which is a crossroads of peoples and cultures, where over a thousand years ago the Gospel began the course that led it to spread and take root in the historical and cultural fabric of the peoples of Eastern Europe. To each and every one of you I say again: Thank you! Read more »»
27.06.2001 (20:37) //
UKRAINE - LVIV - 27.06.2001. Hippodrome. Divine Liturgy
1. “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (Jn 15:13).
This solemn statement of Christ echoes among us today with particular eloquence, as we proclaim Blessed a group of sons and daughters of this glorious Church of Lviv of the Ukrainians. Most of them were killed in hatred of the Christian faith. Some underwent martyrdom in times close to us, and among those present at today’s Divine Liturgy there are some who knew them personally. This land of Halytchyna, which in the course of history has witnessed the growth of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, has been covered, as the unforgettable Metropolitan Yosyf Slipyi used to say, “with mountains of corpses and rivers of blood”. Read more »»
27.06.2001 (16:16) //
In his greeting to Ukrainian youth at the meeting with youth near the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Sykhiv (Lviv, 26.06.2001) Pope John Paul II made an unexpected addition to his text. At the end of paragraph 7 of his address, reacting to the rain which had begun to fall strongly, he joked: (in Polish) “Let it rain—the children will grow!” Read more »»
27.06.2001 (15:46) //
UKRAINE - SYKHIV - 26.06.2001. Esplanade in front of the Nativity of the Mother of God Church. Youth Meeting
1. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).
Dear young people of Ukraine, the Apostle Peter spoke these words to Jesus, who had presented himself to the crowds as the bread come down from heaven to give life to men (cf. Jn 6:58). Today I have the joy of repeating these words in your presence, indeed of repeating them in your name and together with you. Read more »»
26.06.2001 (20:53) //
UKRAINE - LVIV - 26.06.2001. Hippodrome. Holy Mass
1. “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).
The Gospel passage just proclaimed tells of Mary’s first intervention in the public life of Jesus and brings to light her cooperation in the mission of her Son. During a wedding feast at Cana attended by Mary and Jesus and his disciples, the wine runs out. Showing faith in her Son and coming to the help of the embarrassed bride and groom, Mary encourages the Saviour to respond to their need and so he performs his first miracle. Read more »»
26.06.2001 (13:00) //
UKRAINE - KYIV - 25.06.2001. Chayka Airport. Divine Liturgy
1. “As you, Father, are in me, and I in you, so may they be in us, that the world may believe that you have sent me” (cf. Jn 17:21).
The passage from the Gospel of Saint John just proclaimed takes us back in mind and heart to the Upper Room, the place of the Last Supper, where Jesus, before his Passion, prays to the Father for his Apostles. He has just entrusted to them the Holy Eucharist and made them ministers of the New Covenant, with the task now of continuing his mission for the salvation of the world. Read more »»
25.06.2001 (14:30) //
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001. Palace of the National Philharmonic - Foyer
Illustrious Representatives of the All-Ukrainian Council
of Churches and Religious Organizations
1. I am very grateful to those who have made possible today’s meeting, which gives me the opportunity in the course of my visit to know more familiarly the representatives of the different Churches and Religious Organizations present in Ukraine. I extend cordial and respectful greetings to all of you. I express my heartfelt appreciation of the Pan-Ukrainian Council’s service to the safeguarding and promotion of spiritual and religious values, which are indispensable for the building of a genuinely free and democratic society. Your excellent Organization contributes in no small measure to creating the conditions for an ever greater understanding between the members of the different Churches and Religious Organizations, in a spirit of mutual respect and in the constant search for a sincere and fruitful dialogue. I must also mention your praiseworthy efforts in favour of peace between individuals and between peoples. Read more »»
24.06.2001 (20:08) //
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001. Apostolic Nunciature. Meeting with the Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Episcopate
Dear Brothers in the Episcopate,
1. I greet you and I embrace you all in the Lord! It is a great joy for me to meet you in your beloved land, to listen to you and to reflect with you upon the journey of communion and upon the promising work of evangelization being done in your communities. In the ten years since your country regained independence after the end of the Communist regime, your communities have organized themselves anew for the sake of more effective pastoral action, and they now look with hope to the future. I invoke upon them a new outpouring of grace from him who is – as the Servant of God Pope Paul VI said so tellingly – “the one who enlivens and sanctifies the Church, her divine breath, the wind in her sails, her principle of unity, her inner wellspring of light and strength, her support and consolation, the source of her gifts and songs, her peace and her joy, her pledge and prelude of blessed and eternal life” (General Audience, 29 November 1972, Insegnamenti X, pp. 1210-1211). Read more »»
24.06.2001 (17:56) //
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001, Chayka Airport, Angelus Domini
Before concluding this solemn Eucharistic celebration, let us turn in the prayer of the Angelus to Mary Most Holy, to whom the Ukrainian people are deeply devoted. Read more »»
24.06.2001 (17:42) //
UKRAINE - KYIV - 24.06.2001, Chayka Airport, Holy Mass
1. “The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he mentioned my name” (Is 49:1).
Today we celebrate the birth of Saint John the Baptist. The words of the Prophet Isaiah are well-suited to describe this great biblical figure who stands between the Old and the New Testaments. In the long line of Israel’s prophets and just men and women, John “the Baptizer” was placed by God’s providence immediately before the Messiah, in order to prepare the Lord’s way by his preaching and by the witness of his life. Read more »»
24.06.2001 (13:39) //
UKRAINE - KYIV - 23.06.2001, Presidential Palace, Meeting with the worlds of politics, culture, science and business
Honourable Representatives of the Government and Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. I offer respectful and cordial greetings to one and all. With great pleasure I accepted your invitation, Mr President, to visit your noble country, a cradle of Christian civilization and a homeland where people of different nationalities and religions live together in peace. I rejoice that I now find myself on Ukrainian soil. I consider it a great honour to meet at last the people of a nation which, in these difficult years of transition, has succeeded in ensuring conditions of peace and tranquillity for its inhabitants. I thank you most cordially for your kind reception and your courteous words of welcome. Read more »»
23.06.2001 (19:07) //
UKRAINE - KYIV - 23.06.2001 Greek Catholic Church of Saint Nicolas Prayer
Official translation Read more »»
23.06.2001 (16:35) //
Welcome ceremony - Boryspil International Airport, Kyiv (June 23, 2001)
Distinguished Civil Authorities and Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Venerable Brother Bishops,
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
1. I have long awaited this visit and have prayed fervently that it might take place. Finally, with deep joy, I have been able to kiss the beloved soil of Ukraine. I thank God for the gift which today he has given me.
History has recorded the names of two Roman Pontiffs who, in the distant past, came this far: Saint Clement I at the end of the first century and Saint Martin I in the mid-seventh. They were deported to the Crimea, where they died as martyrs. Their present successor, however, comes to you in an atmosphere of festive welcome. He is eager to make this pilgrimage to the renowned churches of Kyiv, the cradle of the Christian culture of the whole of Eastern Europe. Read more »»
23.06.2001 (13:51) //
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