- Jul 31, 2021
A Catholic bishop from eastern Ukraine said tensions remain high despite an announced withdrawal of Russian forces.
Although the Ukrainian government has not closed churches during the pandemic, Ukraine was “confronting other pandemics,” said its major archbishop.
A senior Catholic aid worker said humanitarian conditions are deteriorating in eastern Ukraine and urged Western governments and churches not to forget the continuing six-year conflict.
The Ukrainian Catholic bishops of the United States have invited clergy, religious and lay Catholics to remember and pray for victims of the coronavirus, victims of racism “or acts of police brutality” and victims of protests by celebrating a “Panakhyda,” or requiem service, at the end of the Divine Liturgy June 28.
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.”
Retired Metropolitan-Archbishop Stephen Sulyk of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia died the morning of April 6 after having been hospitalized some hours before with symptoms of COVID-19. He was 95.
Expressing “deep concern for the spiritual and physical well-being” of the faithful, the bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in America have urged clergy, religious and all the faithful “to enter more deeply into the very heart of our Christian faith” while following the government’s protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19.