18:40 - UKRAINE: UGCC, EFFORTS REGARDING PASTORAL CARE FOR UKRAINIANS LIVING ABROAD
(Sir Europe - Bratislava) - The head of the Pastoral Missionary Department of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), bishop Yosyf Milian, emphasizes importance of providing due pastoral care to the faithful living abroad. He recently turned to the metropolitans, eparchs and exarchs of the Kyiv-Halych Supreme Archbishopric with a request to analyze the situation among priests, monks, seminary students and lay people in order to make a call for the missionary needs of the UGCC abroad, inviting anyone who would like to contribute to the development of the missionary ministry of the UGCC to inform the respective department. The bishop is convinced that the Church must support people who still live without holiday services and periodical Sunday services and pastoral care. Representatives of the Pastoral Missionary Department remind that Ukrainians now stay in 37 countries for various reasons, usually with no Church communities or organized structures. According to the prelate, the department often receives letters with requests to provide spiritual life for Ukrainian people in other countries. Priests are needed especially in Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Kazakhstan, Israel, Portugal and Moldova.