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The second audiobook of Patriarch Lubomyr”Unfortunately, throughout the history of humanity, from the origins to our own time, there have been problems between generations. I don’t know anyone in the world who has not committed at least one small error”, said Patriarch Lubomyr Husar”, head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and Archbishop Major of Kyiv-Halych, on presenting in recent days his second audiobook “The Way towards Your Neighbour”. Contraception and abortion, intergenerational conflict, relations between citizens and state, patriotism and chauvinism are some of the issues discussed by the Patriarch in his book and in the two discs that accompany it, in the form of an interview he gave to Mykola Kniazhytsky, director of the television channel TV 1. “How to behave if love is not strong enough? If the Church is opposed to abortion, why does she also oppose contraception? What are the duties of parents to children?”: these are the main question to which the Cardinal offers an answer in the first part of the audiobook. The second part is dedicated, in turn, to issues connected with corruption, bribes, the survival of families in the economic crisis, and the division between East and West. It also contains advice for workers who decide to return to Ukraine from abroad. “Love for Ukraine – maintains Cardinal Lubomyr – is a wonderful slogan. Ardent words can be pronounced on the subject: they compel nothing. It’s the Ukrainians, the inhabitants of this earth, who need to be loved. That is the love for Ukraine”.New edition of “Blahovisnyk” publishedA new edition of the yearbook “Blahovisnyk” (Good News) of the Archbishop Major of Kyiv-Halych, Patriarch Lubomyr Husar” of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC), has just been published. The UGCC, says a press release put out by the department for information of the Patriarchate, “proclaimed 2009 the year for vocation, placing particular emphasis on vocation to the priesthood”. That’s why the new edition of Blahovisnyk “contains documents on the question, beginning with the Holy Father’s Message for the Year for Priests”. The publication, which informs the faithful on the life and activities of the Greek-Catholic Church in the country, was founded by Patriarch Joseph Slipyj in 1965 and appeared every year until 1988. After a period of discontinuity linked to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the declaration of Ukraine’s independence, the publication of “Blahovisnyk” was regularly resumed in 2001. The corpus consists of five long chapters: “Documents of the Apostolic Heritage” (writings of the Pope that directly or indirectly concern the Greek-Catholic Church); “Documents of the UGCC Synod of Bishops” containing decrees and statements; “Documents of the Archbishop Major (decrees, correspondence, sermons, and speeches); “Documents of the Pan-Ukrainian Council of Churches and religious organizations”; and “Chronicle of Events”. The publication, explains its editor Iryna Golota, “is especially aimed at theologians, bishops, priests and seminarians, but also enjoys great popularity among members of the laity who wish to learn more about and to read the words of the Church”.Catholic Churches commemorate the persecutionThe première of the documentary film “The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church: an unknown history”, produced by the Star-TV Centre on the initiative of the arch-eparchy of Lviv, was held in recent days at the House of Artists in Lviv. “The film – explain the organizers – is the continuation of a series of documentaries dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the legalization of the UGCC” and forms part “of the first large-scale television project aimed at representing thirty years of clandestine life” of the Church persecuted under the Soviet regime, “revealing unpublished episodes and stories of oppression and terror”. Containing “unique materials that make a chronicle unique”, the film was made possible thanks to the “eyewitness testimonies of priests, monks, nuns and laity belonging to the world’s most persecuted religious community”. The documentary is therefore aimed at offering “a tribute” to those who “in spite of danger and humiliation kept the faith of this Church and hope in the future alive”. Meanwhile at Dnipropetrovsk, a town in eastern Ukraine, the Roman-Catholic parish of St. Joseph has inaugurated a plaque to the memory of the ten Roman-Catholic priests in the pastoral service of the parish, who were executed in the 1930s due to their unshakeable faith during Stalin’s regime. The plaque was installed in the Polish Catholic church, which has now been restored to the parish after ten years of litigation between the Catholic community and the American corporation Dugsbery.The relics of St. Theresa of the Child JesusAt the invitation of the Roman-Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ukraine and on the initiative of the Carmelite Fathers of Berdychiv, the relics of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (or Theresa of Lisieux) arrived in Ukraine in recent days to be venerated in all the country’s Roman-Catholic dioceses. Currently placed in the cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at Lutsk (the diocese of which the Saint is patron) where a mass of thanksgiving was officiated by Bishop Markian Trofymiak, the relics will remain in the country until 10 June.

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