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  • Mystery Ship to Syria Raises Questions

    04/17/2012 7:43:18 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 23 replies
    Jewish Policy Center (and American Thinker) ^ | April 17, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    The weekend report of a German-owned, Ukrainian-chartered ship carrying weapons to Syria should raise questions and alarm bells.  Der Spiegel reported that the Atlantic Cruiser, owned by the German company Bockstiegel, had been chartered by the Ukrainian White Whale company to pick up Iranian-origin cargo in Djibouti.  White Whale said the cargo was "mainly pumps and similar things," according to the German shipping agent.  However, the ship was refused entry for refueling at the port of Limassol, Cyprus after the crew told the Cypriots that the cargo was "weapons and munitions."  The Cruiser tried then to sail for Tartus, Syria,...
  • Solemn Consecration of the City of Aliquippa (Catholic Caucus)

    08/02/2016 1:47:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    (Image Source) On Saturday, 4 June 2016, in a historic ceremony sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161, the City of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, was solemnly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The consecration was performed by the pastors of the three Catholic parishes located in Aliquippa, and the mayor. Consecrators: Reverend Father Paul C. Householder, Pastor St. Titus Roman Catholic Church, Aliquippa Reverend Father Mykhaylo Shkyndya, Pastor St. George Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church, Aliquippa Reverend Father Michael Polosky, Pastor Ss. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Aliquippa The Honorable Dwan...
  • Ukrainian pilot Savchenko pardoned by Putin, swapped for 2 Russians

    05/25/2016 6:59:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    President Putin signed a decree pardoning Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding that the Russian leader signed the document simultaneously with the arrival of Erofeev and Aleksandrov in Moscow. Meanwhile, Savchenko has already been delivered to Kiev on a Ukrainian plane, Peskov said. In March, a Russian court found Ukrainian pilot Savchenko guilty of murdering Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin near Lugansk, in eastern Ukraine, and of illegally crossing the Russian border. According to prosecutors, she relayed the coordinates of a checkpoint where the two reporters were subsequently killed by Ukrainian Aidar Battalion artillery...
  • Byzantine Catholic Nuns Provide Place of Encounter With Christ (Catholic Caucus)

    02/02/2016 2:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 2, 2016 | JOHN BURGER
    It wasn't unusual for young Celeste Strohmeyer to want to get married and have a dozen kids. After all, she was one of 11, which, she said, "provided a lot of hands-on experience with children."But there was a competing tug in her heart, beginning in early childhood -- a call to religious life. It kept calling to her: when she was 12, when she was 16, when she was 22 and later, after establishing a promising career.She had a good job, independence, a home of her own, the freedom to travel. She still could have married. But the thought...
  • Top rebel leader accuses Jews of masterminding Ukrainian revolution

    06/21/2015 4:50:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies ^ | 6/21/15 | SAM SOKOL
    Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian university last week. This is not the first time a rebel leader has said such a thing, with Alexander Zakharchenko, president of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, stating in a press conference in February that the government in Kiev is run by “miserable Jews.” During a lecture last week titled “Contemporary Ukraine as Fascist State of a New Type” at the Nekrasov State University of Kostroma in Russia, Igor Plotnitsky, who heads the Luhansk...
  • Here’s The Ukrainian Delegation That Gave Misleading Photos To Senator’s Office

    02/13/2015 11:54:51 AM PST · by ResisTyr · 12 replies
    BuzzEd News ^ | February 12, 2015 | Rosie Gray BuzzFeed News Reporter
    An obscure group duped Senator Inhofe’s office. The delegation’s U.S. leader says it was a “misunderstanding. ”WASHINGTON — A delegation consisting of Ukrainian members of parliament, a paramilitary leader, and one Georgetown professor gave a senator's office photos purportedly of the Russian military invading Ukraine that were later debunked. Several photos allegedly showing the Russian military in eastern Ukraine that ran on the Washington Free Beacon on Tuesday were quickly shown to actually be photos from other conflicts, some from years earlier.
  • US army to start training Ukrainian troops, commander says

    02/11/2015 7:16:40 AM PST · by McGruff · 35 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 11, 2015
    A top U.S. military commander in Europe says the U.S military is to train Ukrainian soldiers who are battling Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said Wednesday that in March a battalion of U.S. soldiers would train three battalions of Ukrainians from the Ministry of Interior. The training is to take place at the Yavariv training center in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
  • Ukrainian Causes Social Media Storm by ‘Posing in Make-Up Looted from Malaysian Airlines Crash Site’

    07/25/2014 9:39:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 25 Jul 2014
    A young Ukrainian has prompted widespread outrage after posing in make-up apparently looted from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Ekaterina Parkhomenko, who describes herself as a ‘separatist’ from the eastern region of the country, posted images of herself on Instagram along with the claim that she was wearing make-up ‘from the field’ – hinting the products were taken from the same area where the bodies of victims of the plane crash lay. ‘Mascara from Amsterdam, or rather from the field. Well, I think you know what I mean,’ she reportedly wrote on her social media page, before...
  • Crimean Jewish group says Ukrainian bank account emptied

    05/30/2014 1:11:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies ^ | 5/30/14 | JTA
    (JTA) — A Jewish organization from Crimea said its Ukrainian bank account had been emptied of funds following Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The disappearance of $3,157 from the account of the Jewish Ner Tamid association with Privatbank was reported Thursday by the ITAR-TASS news agency. The money “had been withdrawn,” the news agency quoted Anatoli Guendine, head of the Reform Jewish group, as saying. Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine on March 18, in a move that Russia said was in accordance with the wishes of most residents and that was designed to protect them from persecution by...
  • Prankster journalist sneaks up America Ferrera’s skirt

    05/17/2014 3:49:13 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 15 May 2014 | Lia Eustachewich
    This fathead serial prankster just can’t help himself, getting up inside a sheer outer layer of actress America Ferrera’s dress Friday at Cannes, leaving her shocked and stunned. The “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star, 30, looked glamorous while posing in front of a sea of photographers with her “How to Train Your Dragon 2” co-stars when journo Vitalii Sediuk dived onto the red carpet and weaseled his head under her puffy white ball gown. A freaked-out Ferrera and “Dragon” co-stars Cate Blanchett and Kit Harington looked appalled as ­security guards grabbed him and hauled him away. Sediuk is notorious...
  • Ukraine Leader In New Leaked Recording: 8 Million Russians In Ukraine "Must Be Killed With Nuclear

    03/24/2014 11:03:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 107 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 3/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    <p>While the NSA is busy justifying its spying of every American its existence thanks to famous Moscow resident Edward Snowden, its Russian counterparts have been busy intercepting even more phone Ukrainian conversations.</p> <p>After a month ago a leaked phone call between US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt confirmed that it was the US that was pulling the strings in what was about to be a violent coup overthrowing Ukraine's president Yanukovich, "someone" has just leaked another phone conversation, this time between parliamentarian Nestor Shufrych and former PM and ideological leader of the Ukraine "revolution" Yulia Tymoshenko and most probable future president of West Ukraine, in which Tymoshenko is makes the following threats, "It’s going too far! Bugger! We must grab arms and go whack those damn katsaps [a Ukrainian word used to refer to the Russians in a negative tone] together with their leader", "I’ll use all my connections, I’ll raise the whole world – as soon as I’m able to – in order to make sure.. Bugger!.. not even scorched earth won’t remain where Russia stands" although all her empty threats collapse in the last sentence of the phone conversation in which she says, regarding the Crimea annexation, that "we are going to take it to the Hague International Criminal Court." Good luck with that.</p>
  • Defiant Ukrainian soldiers sing national anthem as Russian troops storm their base in Crimea

    03/22/2014 9:51:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 22 Mar 2014 | Roland Oliphant,
    Ukrainian military base that was scene of opening stand-off in Crimea two weeks ago is attacked again by Russian forces, shots fired. Troops at one of the last major Ukrainian bases in Crimea defiantly sang their national anthem on Saturday as Russian forces stormed their compound and demanded their surrender. Russian soldiers and armed pro-Kremlin toughs assaulted the base just after lunchtime, backed by armoured vehicles that smashed through the compound’s gates. The raid came after the Ukrainians had pointedly ignored a deadline from the Russians to surrender, even holding a wedding celebration at the base for a newly-married serviceman...
  • Armed men seize Crimea parliament and hoist Russian flag

    02/26/2014 11:56:31 PM PST · by Crazieman · 66 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-27-2014
    Armed men have seized the government buildings in the capital of the Ukraine’s Crimea region and hoisted a Russian flag over a barricade. The men occupying the parliament building in the regional capital, Simferopol, early on Thursday did not come out to voice any demands. They wore black and orange ribbons, a Russian symbol of the victory in World War II. The men also put up a sign saying “Crimea is Russia.” They threw a flash grenade in response to a journalist’s questions. Phone calls to region’s legislature rang unanswered, and its website was down.
  • Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Security Will Be Beefed Up...

    04/21/2013 4:11:43 PM PDT · by Cindy · 44 replies ^ | 10:10AM BST 16 Apr 2013 | By Telegraph Sport, and agencies
    SNIPPET: "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say Russian sports officials said they will beef up security at forthcoming sports events and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the wake of deadly explosions at Boston's marathon that killed three people, and injured over 140 others." "Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics security will be beefed up following Boston Marathon explosions, officials say" SNIPPET: "The World Athletics Championship takes place in Moscow on Aug 10-18, and the event is seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort...
  • Passenger claiming to have bomb tried to divert plane to Sochi

    02/07/2014 10:00:14 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2014 | Suzan Fraser
    ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish official says a passenger claiming there was a bomb on board tried to divert an Istanbul-bound plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are kicking off.
  • Ukraine PM resigns: Government

    01/28/2014 12:37:11 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies ^ | 28 Jan 2014 | afp
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday in a bid to ease Ukraine's deadly two-month crisis as lawmakers debated key reforms.
  • Ukrainian (Catholic) Church an example of 'synodality' for Pope

    12/04/2013 6:58:52 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    cna ^ | December 3, 2013 | Elise Harris
    Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (center) participates in Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Nov. 27, 2013. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA. Vatican City, Dec 3, 2013 / 02:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Ukrainian Church revealed that in a recent private meeting with Pope Francis, the pontiff praised the structure of Eastern Churches for their emphasis on collaboration among bishops. Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said his discussion with Pope Francis mainly focused on “the synodality of our Church,” as the Pope is looking for ways to “foster the collegiality in the Catholic Church.” “For him,” the archbishop told CNA, “the way how we...
  • MV Seaman Guard Ohio: India police arrest crew of US ship

    10/18/2013 1:09:35 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/18/2013 | BBC
    Police in India say they have arrested the crew of a US-owned ship accused of illegally entering Indian waters with a huge cache of weapons. MV Seaman Guard Ohio was detained on 12 October by the Indian Coast Guard and is anchored at Tuticorin port in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Its 35-member crew include Indians, Britons, Ukrainians and Estonians. The vessel, owned by a private US-based security firm, is registered in Sierra Leone, officials say. The US embassy in the capital, Delhi, told the BBC they had "no comment" to make on the reports. A police official in...
  • Amateur Astronomer Discovers Comet C/2013 N4 (Borisov) During a Star Party

    07/14/2013 11:51:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | July 14, 2013 | Bob King on
    Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov discovered a brand new comet on July 8 near the bright star Capella in the constellation Auriga. The comet was confirmed and officially christened C/2013 N4 (Borisov) on July 13. At the time of discovery, Borisov was attending the Russian-Ukrainian “Southern Night” star party in Crimea, Ukraine. He nabbed the comet – his first – using an 8-inch (20-cm) f/1.5 wide field telescope of his own design equipped with a CCD camera. ... Aside from how prominent or not Gennady’s comet will become, the most amazing thing is that he beat the automated surveys to...
  • Why a spy was killed (The Mogilevich-Litvinenko Link)

    01/30/2008 2:12:44 PM PST · by Ivan the Terrible · 4 replies · 243+ views
    Guardian ^ | January 26, 2008 | Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy
    ...Litvinenko "was giving Scaramella lots of information about Russian and criminal infiltrations in Italy, but most of it was very difficult to verify and crosscheck. It was a little bit out on a limb." In the old days, Litvinenko had been familiar with criminal clans in Russia, now he was making risky approaches to the Italian mafia. Scaramella believed if they could get inside this network, they would be able to leverage much more damaging intelligence about Italian politicians. They spread their net wider. The Litvinenko dossier lists a dizzying roll call of names investigated by the pair, among them...
  • Ukrainian Lawmaker Targets Jewish Actress with Racial Slur

    12/24/2012 7:01:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 12/24/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A Ukrainian lawmaker from the far-right Svoboda Party has provoked international condemnations after referring to Jewish actress Mila Kunis as a “zhydovka”, a Ukranian slur that translates to “dirty Jewess,” on his Facebook page. “She is not Ukrainian, she is a Jewess by birth. She is proud of this and the Star of David,” politician Igor Miroshnichenko wrote on in the online message. “[S]he says nothing and expresses nothing positive about the country in which she was born. I can’t bring myself to say she is Ukrainian. Let her love America or Israel, people must not attach her to the...
  • Father Taras Kraychuk: From drug dealer to Ukrainian Catholic monk

    07/13/2012 2:57:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cns ^ | July 13, 2012 | Ramon Gonzalez
    LAC STE. ANNE, Alberta (CNS) -- For years, the alcohol, the drugs, the parties consumed Taras Kraychuk. Then, literally, he saw the light. He's now Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, serving as a hieromonk -- pastor-monk -- in the Ukrainian Catholic Church and living the monastic life near Derwent, Alberta. For 12 years, Father Kraychuk has followed God's call to serve others, he told about 2,000 participants at the Catholic Family Life Conference at Lac Ste. Anne in early July. Father Kraychuk said his conversion came on a bus trip from California to his family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He had decided...
  • Eastern Catholics have much to offer US church, cardinal tells bishops

    05/15/2012 2:29:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | May 15, 2012
    Bishop Paul P. Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, Conn., concelebrates Mass with U.S. bishops from Eastern Catholic churches at the Altar of the Tomb in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome May 15. Bishops from Chaldean, Ruthenian, Maronite, Ukrainian, Armenian, Melkite, Syriac and Romanian Catholic churches were making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses. (CNS/Paul Haring) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While their numbers are small and their material resources are few, members of the Eastern Catholic churches in the United States have much to offer the...
  • Ukrainian newspaper depicts Africans and Arabs as monkeys groping woman

    01/29/2012 2:34:52 PM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    France24 ^ | 1/26/2016 | Team Observers
    A local newspaper in the western Ukrainian city of Ternopil illustrated its front-page story on Tuesday with a photomontage of monkeys groping a woman to depict African and Arab men who had allegedly gotten into a bar fight. Our Observer, a Congolese student living in Ternopil, tells us this has deeply upset African students at his university, who he says are frequently the target of racist attacks. Nova Ternopil's article explains that police had to intervene after an African man and an Arab man got into a fight involving a woman at a local bar on the weekend. The headline...
  • A 40-Something Cardinal?

    06/08/2011 3:20:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 8, 2011 | George Weigel
    In recent centuries, the College of Cardinals has not been noted for its boyishness. Indeed, one of the human fascinations of a conclave is that it’s a rare opportunity to see a deliberation-with-consequences conducted by elderly men. This can have its downside: According to one story, perhaps apocryphal, a very old cardinal kept writing “Achille Ratti” on his ballot throughout the conclave of 1958; Ratti had died in 1939 as Pius XI. Whether that fragment of conclave lore is true or not, Paul VI’s restriction of the papal electoral franchise to cardinals who were not yet 80 was presumably...
  • New Ukrainian Catholic leader seeks restoration of patriarchal status

    03/30/2011 2:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | March 30, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    Major Archbiship Sviatoslav Shevchuk. Credit: UGCC Rome, Italy, Mar 30, 2011 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, newly enthroned as the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church on March 29, will discuss the possible restoration of his church's historic status as a patriarchate with Pope Benedict XVI during his upcoming visit to the Vatican.“A patriarchate is a period in the completion of the development of a church,” he explained to reporters in Kyiv before his departure for the Vatican. He said that the delegation would discuss the development of the Ukrainian Catholic Church that has taken...
  • "Holiness United God's People": In Kiev, and Beyond, A New "Patriarch"... A New Epoch

    03/27/2011 11:24:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WITL ^ | March 27, 2011 | Rocco Palmo
    Even before its full picture would become clear, this morning in Ukraine's capital promised to make for a striking scene, as a living head of global Catholicism's largest self-governing Eastern fold watched the reins pass to his successor for the first time in centuries. Given the Synod's choice of its youngest member to lead the 6 million-member church, however, the moment became all the more one for the books. Like their Orthodox counterparts, the rank of a Greek-Catholic hierarch is distinguishable by the number of bars that adorn the base of their ormophrion -- the stole worn atop their...
  • Step Forward for Catholic-Orthodox Relations?

    02/11/2011 1:21:21 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    NC Register ^ | February 10, 2011 | CINDY WOODEN
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The election of a new archbishop for a Church with 6.5 million Catholics could hold the key to determining if or when Pope Benedict XVI may meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. Vatican officials are watching the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s leadership with keen interest, but without the degree of anxiety for its ecumenical implications that would have been present even five years ago. Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Church, Feb. 10, about two weeks before his 78th birthday. The cardinal, who as major archbishop...
  • Spooked by spooks [The KGB (SBU) is at it again in Ukraine]

    05/23/2010 5:59:05 PM PDT · by toshut · 3 replies · 412+ views
    Memorandum Regarding the Visit to Ukainian Catholic Univ of a representative of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) (former KGB) At 9:27 in the morning Fr. Borys Gudziak received a call on his private mobile phone from a representative of the Security Service of Ukraine requesting a meeting. The meeting was scheduled for 20 minutes later at the rectorate of UCU. In a polite manner the agent related that certain political parties are planning protests and demonstrations regarding the policies of the new Ukrainian authorities. He stated that, of course, students are allowed to protest but that they should be...
  • British scientists testing Ukrainian 'super flu' that has

    11/16/2009 7:49:14 AM PST · by FromLori · 7 replies · 1,134+ views
    Daily Mall ^ | 11/15/09
    British scientists are examining the strain of swine flu behind a deadly Ukrainian outbreak to see if the virus has mutated. A total of 189 people have died and more than one million have been infected in the country. Some doctors have likened the symptoms to those seen in many of the victims of the Spanish flu which caused millions of deaths world-wide after the World War One. An unnamed doctor in western Ukraine told of the alarming effects of the virus. He said: 'We have carried out post mortems on two victims and found their lungs are as black...
  • Ukranian Catholic Eparch of St. Josaphat retires, Pope names administrator

    07/29/2009 3:10:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 257+ views
    cna ^ | July 29, 2009
    Bishop Robert Michael Moskal Vatican City, Jul 29, 2009 / 11:51 am (CNA).- Benedict XVI this morning accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Mikhail Moskal, Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio and appointed an apostolic administrator to lead the eparchy—the Eastern Catholic equivalent of a diocese—until a new eparch is named.Bishop John Bura, currently an auxiliary of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians was chosen by the Pope to become the new apostolic administrator “sede vacante” of St. Josaphat in Parma.  Bishop Bura will replace Bishop Robert Mikhail Moskal whose resignation was accepted by the Holy Father today.  Moskal...
  • Pope prays for victims of 1932-33 Ukrainian famine (graphic images)

    11/24/2008 1:53:52 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 690+ views
    CNS ^ | November 24, 2008 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the victims of the 1932-33 "Great Famine" that left millions dead in Ukraine and other parts of the Soviet Union. In an apparent reference to the Soviet policies of collectivization and food confiscation that provoked the famine, the pope condemned ideologically based governmental actions that violate basic human rights. He made the remarks at a noon blessing at the Vatican Nov. 23, at a time when many Ukrainians were commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor, or "death by hunger," the name given to the famine that occurred in the Soviet...
  • After 70 years...Greek-Catholic bishops return to the Vatican

    02/01/2008 2:00:52 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 96+ views
    CNA ^ | February 1, 2008
    Vatican City, Feb 1, 2008 / 10:25 am (CNA).- For the first time in 70 years, the bishops of the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine were able to pay a visit to the tomb of St. Peter and to meet with his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.“You are welcome, dear brothers, in this house in which intense and incessant prayers have always been said for the beloved Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine," the Pope told the bishops. The ‘ad limina’ visit comes after years of  limited freedom for the Greek-Catholic Church."Now that your Churches have rediscovered their complete freedom", the Pope said,...
  • Ukrainian cardinal says married men not answer to vocations crisis

    01/04/2008 1:46:48 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 70+ views
    CNS ^ | January 4, 2008 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ordaining married men is not a guaranteed way to solve a vocations crisis, and it will not automatically improve the quality of priests, said Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. "The quality of the priest does not depend on whether or not he is married," the cardinal said in a Jan. 4 interview with the Vatican newspaper. The cardinal, whose Eastern-rite church ordains married men, spoke to L'Osservatore Romano about the Ukrainian bishops' decision to proclaim 2008 "The Year of the Christian Vocation." "We are not limiting ourselves to vocations to...
  • Open Wide the Doors (Mother of God Catholic Church, Conyers GA)

    07/11/2007 4:04:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 636+ views
    Open Book ^ | July 10, 2007 | Amy Wellborn
    Also in Conyers: Outside: Inside: Mother of God Catholic Church, Byzantine-Ukrainian Rite. The parish is located on the property formerly known, back in the 80's, as the site of the purported visions of Nancy Fowler, long since gone, I think, to Florida. (If you were Catholic in the Southeast in the 90's you knew all about the Conyers apparitions and maybe even went there. The greatest volume of negative mail I received in my days as a Florida Catholic columnist was in response to a 2-parter I did on Conyers, when it was all still going on. I visited the...
  • Toronto Catholic Bishop Reprimands Priest over Political Support for Pro-Abortion Politician

    04/05/2007 10:11:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 445+ views
    LifeSite ^ | April 4, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    TORONTO, April 4, 2007 ( - Only one day after a story exposed the fact that a Ukrainian Catholic priest in Toronto had backed the nomination of a pro-abortion federal politician, the Ukrainian Catholic Bishop has publicly reprimanded the priest. reported yesterday that on Sunday, March 25th, a Liberal Party meeting to nominate Michael Ignatieff was held at the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Etobicoke.  Ignatieff, whose stands in favour of abortion and same-sex 'marriage' are well known had his nomination seconded by the pastor of the church Fr. Terry Lozynsky. In...
  • UAOC Metropolitan Mykhayil Regarding the Ordination of SSPX Clergy in Ukraine

    02/07/2007 10:57:58 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 264+ views
    Brama ^ | February 6, 2007
    His Eminence, Metropoitan Mykhayil New York — We are disheartened to learn of the ordination of priests and deacons in Western Ukraine, who follow the "Society of St. Pius X," a movement which separated itself from the Catholic Church following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, under the leadership of the late excommunicated French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. This movement, which until the last decade was confined to the Roman Rite, has now attempted to make inroads among the Greek Catholic faithful in Ukraine, who have always followed the Byzantine-Orthodox rituals and traditions. Using the misleading name of the...
  • Follow-up: Attending Sunday Mass at Other Parishes

    02/04/2007 6:27:27 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 441+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 30, 2007 | Father Edward McNamara
    Some readers intimated that I had perhaps read too much into Canons 209-210 by suggesting that it implied supporting one's local parish (see Jan. 16). Although the expression "particular church" usually means "diocese" in canonical terms, most Catholics support their local church through their parish. Likewise, according to Canon 107, Catholics, unlike most Protestants, generally acquire their pastor through place of residence (technically domicile or quasi-domicile) as canon law presumes laws to be territorial. Even when, as frequently happens in the United States, a Catholic registers and worships in a parish different from his or her territorial parish, this latter...
  • Speaking Ukrainian

    11/10/2006 3:25:31 PM PST · by lizol · 26 replies · 522+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 10.11.2006
    Speaking Ukrainian For decades in the old USSR, the Ukrainian language was under threat. Being similar to Russian, it was in danger of being elbowed out. But in independent Ukraine, the local language is making a comeback with the expressed support of the country's president. Also in 'Europe East' this week, Romania is keen to dip into the EU coffers once it joins the organisation next year. The following report on the Ukrainian language in politics is by our Kyiv correspondent Halyna Pastushuk. Since Independence Day, Ukrainian language has been always a sensitive issue in Ukraine, with Russian heavily spoken...
  • Feds to seek death penalty in case of body dumps near Yosemite (Russian organized crime)

    09/04/2006 12:31:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 2,453+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/4/06 | Greg Risling - ap
    The demands of the kidnappers were simple: Pay the ransom and the hostages would be freed. But prosecutors said the crew of Russian immigrants killed their hostages anyway - even after collecting $1 million from some of the victims' relatives. More than four years after the five bodies were found in a reservoir north of Yosemite National Park, opening statements are expected this week in the federal trial of two men accused of orchestrating the crimes. It's a rare instance in which federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. "Regardless of whether the ransom money defendants demanded was paid or...
  • A Church Risen From Ashes

    08/28/2006 1:23:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 1,179+ views
    Courant ^ | August 28, 2006 | Tracy Gordon Fox
    COLCHESTER -- Before she stepped through the doors to worship for the first time in the new St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Stephanie Balacky paused Sunday to pray in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary. "She's home," Balacky said, her blue eyes brimming with tears. Thirty-two years ago, Balacky and her husband donated the statue of Mary, head bowed and hands clasped in prayer. She had no idea it would symbolize hope and rebirth and its survival would one day be called a miracle by the church's bishop. "I think she's behind everything," Balacky, of Colchester, said of...
  • Pope's Letter to Cardinal Husar (on 60th anniversary of Greek Catholic Church persecution)

    04/29/2006 5:11:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 151+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 29, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, APRIL 28, 2006 ( Here is a Vatican translation of the Feb. 22 letter Benedict XVI sent to Ukrainian Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Communist persecution against the Greek-Catholic Church. * * * To Cardinal Lubomyr Husar Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyc "If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, "Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water'" (John 7:37-38). These words of the Lord re-echo in my heart as I think of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, which is preparing to...

    04/25/2006 4:47:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies · 3,453+ views
    New Oxford Review ^ | November 2003 | Charles A. Coulombe
    Much of my teenage years were spent in the San Fernando Valley of California, at that time (the mid-70s) a religious and cultural wasteland. Apart from the outlets described in that article, another appeared; I discovered the Eastern Rites of the Church, and the Orthodox Churches. My father, Guy, first stimulated my interest in this area, as in so many others. His tales of valiant Christians maintaining their faith and traditions under Muslim and Communist domination fired the imagination. My freshman year at Daniel Murphy High School (during our last year in Hollywood, before the move north to suburbia)...
  • Pope praises Ukrainian-Catholic Church for upholding Sacred Tradition, communion with Seat of Peter

    03/16/2006 1:24:30 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 388+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 16, 2006
    Vatican City, Mar. 16, 2006 (CNA) - Today, the Vatican released a letter sent by Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians, recalling the forced fusion of Catholics into the Orthodox Church by the communist Soviet government in 1946. The Pope’s message served to mark what he called "the sad events to which the cathedral of St. George at Leopoli was witness, in March of sixty years ago." In the letter, which was dated February 22nd, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the Holy Father recalled the infamous March 1946 date,...
  • Axios... Axios... Axios..... (Rocco Palmo weighs in on beauty of Ukrainian Catholic Church)

    03/08/2006 11:14:26 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 302+ views
    WITL ^ | March 8, 2006 | Rocko Palmo
    Axios... Axios... Axios..... I've already mentioned this in passing, but two weeks back, I was privileged to be present at the ordination of Fr John Bura as an auxiliary bishop of the archeparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainians. I was going to write about the daylong event -- the Divine Liturgy of ordination stretched across four hours -- but it'd be too much to chronicle. Suffice it to say, it was amazing, as my time with our Eastern contingent always is. I get the perception, more than just sometimes, that Latin Catholics here in the States often seem remarkably self-absorbed....
  • Mnohaya Lita - Benedict approves changes US Ukrainian Catholic Church

    01/03/2006 11:40:05 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 770+ views
    WITL ^ | January 3, 2005 | Rocco Palmo
    The chant you see above is the response to the petition chants which mark the end of the Divine Liturgy of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church -- it translates as "Many years." This morning, Benedict XVI has given the go-ahead to the first round of changes in the Ukrainians' American diaspora. The Pope accepted the resignation for reasons of age of the church's best-known hierarch in the United States, Bishop Basil Losten of Stamford, CT. Bishop Losten turned 75 last May. To succeed Losten in the Eparchy of Stamford, which covers the whole of New England, the Pope "named" (although the...
  • Ukrainian couple has 17th child, lays claim to largest US family

    12/17/2005 12:16:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 131 replies · 3,305+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/05 | AFP
    SACRAMENTO, United States (AFP) - Complete with proud smiles and self-conscious glances, Vladimir and Zynaida Chernenko's seventeen children were introduced to the world. Cradled delicately in Vladimir Chernenko's thick arms was his baby, David, whose birth on December 7 gave the Ukrainian-American family the largest brood in the United States, according to the Russian language newspaper The Speaker. "When we got married back in the Ukraine, for six month we had no children and thought we wouldn't have any kids at all," Vladimir told reporters at a celebration in Bethany Slavic Missionary Church in Sacramento. "I never thought I would...
  • Ukrainian Catholic: Dormition of the Mother of God

    08/02/2005 6:40:35 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 12 replies · 508+ views
    Former Website of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg | J+M+J 11 September A.D. 2004 | Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, Canada
    Dormition of the Mother of God August 15 We extol you, O Most Pure Mother of Christ our God, and we praise your all-glorious Dormition. (Hymn of Praise of the Feast) The very ancient, universal and profound cult of the Most Holy Mother of God left a special mark, above all, in our Liturgical Year, which is not only rich in the variety of feasts honoring Mary, but begins and ends with her feasts. The Liturgical Year opens with the Nativity of the Mother of God, and closes with her Dormition (i.e., her falling asleep), which in our liturgical books...
  • The Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church

    08/01/2005 9:47:30 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 16 replies · 548+ views
    Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Official Website ^ | J+M+J 19 July A.D. 2005 | Bishop Peter Stasiuk, C.Ss.R
    When I personally think of the word “catechism” I immediately associate it with a sister asking me prepared questions about God. All of us have probably gone through this routine because, until the last 20-30 years not much changed in our church from the days of St. Josephat and that was 500 hundred years ago. The History Actually it is more or less the same in the Roman Catholic Church. In 1566, St Charles Borromeo, at the wish of the Council of Trent, published a Catholic Catechism. This was divided into four sections – faith, sacraments, the Commandments and prayer....

    07/31/2005 1:02:50 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 105 replies · 4,033+ views
    Various | J+M+J 31 July A.D. 2005 | Siobhan
    A Novena of Fasting and Prayers This may be appropriate when keeping a fasting novena before the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Mother of God Prayer of Consecration In union with all mankind, in communion with the entire Church, and with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, we address to you O Father, this supplication especially for our country, through the heart and the hands of the Virgin Mary. Father, send your Holy Spirit, so that each one of us might become an instrument of your peace, From hunger and war, deliver us! From nuclear war, from incalculable...