- Aug 9, 2020
As Catholics around the world celebrated Pentecost Sunday, bishops and bishops’ conferences released messages to mark the occasion. Though most were heavily influenced by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the tone varied depending on what “phase” of pandemic their regions are in.
Retired Metropolitan-Archbishop Stephen Sulyk was recalled at his April 13 funeral as “a diligent and demanding pastor” who undertook “his service with great responsibility, seriousness and sternness.”
Major-Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia asked for forgiveness from the faithful under his leadership and urged church members to forgive each other at the start of the Great Fast observed by the Eastern Catholic churches.
The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, Poland, is “a solemn and mournful opportunity to reflect upon man’s capacity for evil,” said Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.