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Catholic Voices from Eastern Europe
Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/11/12 | Emily Stimpson

Posted on 11/01/2012 6:53:56 AM PDT by marshmallow

The Church in Eastern and Central Europe has made progress in recent decades, but the road ahead remains long

Twenty-three years ago this November, the Berlin Wall fell. At the time, Catholics around the world rejoiced. Finally, their brothers and sisters in the East could worship in peace, free from the persecution that had hindered Catholic life and belief for so many years. The promise of the moment was great.

But has the promise been realized? To what extent have two decades of democracy and capitalism helped the Church in the lands where atheistic communism once reigned?

In September, Our Sunday Visitor traveled to Central and Eastern Europe, as well as parts of the former Soviet Union, looking for answers to those questions. We visited people, places and programs, toured renovated Churches and ramshackle cathedrals, looked upon walls pierced by Soviet bullets, and stood in the spots where priests were slain.

In the pages that follow are just a few of the stories collected along the way, stories that offer some answers, but that also raise more questions — questions about the responsibility of the Church in the West for our Eastern brethren and about the West’s culpability in the state of the Church in the East today.

UZHHOROD, UKRAINE

Artur Bubnevich is tired. His long, lean body bounds energetically through the corridors of the Uzhhorod cathedral offices, but the lines on his face — too many lines for someone only 36 years old — betray the underlying exhaustion.

Bubnevich should be exhausted. Over the past six years, as special projects coordinator for the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Mukachevo, he has singlehandedly overseen the construction of nearly 160 parishes and 25 parish houses. Plans for 40 more parishes and 160 parish houses are in the works.

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