Every second Saturday of the month, 4 pm - Divine Liturgy in English of Sunday - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, Duke Street, London W1K 5BQ. Followed by refreshments.
Next Liturgy: Saturday 11th November, 4pm

But see below for the Pontifical Divine Liturgy in Westminster Cathedral on 28th October, to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Exarchate & Eparchy in the UK, served by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father & Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

To purchase The Divine Liturgy: an Anthology for Worship (in English), order from the Sheptytsky Institute here, or the St Basil's Bookstore here.
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The new catechism in English, Christ our Pascha, is available from the Eparchy of the Holy Family and the Society. Please email johnchrysostom@btinternet.com for details.

"It's Now or Never: The Return of the Eastern Christians to Iraq and Syria" - John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need gives the annual Christopher Morris Lecture in the Society's 90th year. Monday 27th November at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family. 6-15 pm Divine Liturgy, 7-15 pm Lecture, 8-15 pm Reception. £10 donation requested. RSVP to johnchrysostom@btinternet.com







Friday, 1 October 2010

Memory Eternal: Pope Honors Monsignor Fortino's Ecumenical Work

Catholic-Orthodox Commission Recalls Priestly Commitment

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 29, 2010 thanks to Zenit.org
 
 
Benedict XVI is expressing appreciation for the ecumenical commitment of Monsignor Eleuterio Fortino, 72, who died due to illness on Sept. 22. The Pope sent a telegram through his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, honoring the life of the subsecretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who focused particularly on relations with the Orthodox Churches.

The telegram was read by Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on Saturday afternoon in the church of St. Athanasius of the Greeks in Rome. Benedict XVI affirmed that Monsignor Fortino carried out a "generous commitment with intelligence and passion at the service of unity" throughout his life.

The service was presided over by the rector of the Pontifical Greek College, Father Manuel Nin, who in his homily recalled the passionate and "smiling" service of Monsignor Fortino to the Church, the liturgy and Christian unity. 

After the homily, Cardinal Walter Kasper, former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, expressed "profound gratitude for everything he did. I say it not only in my name, but in that of all the men and women collaborators, of all those who esteemed him over these long years." The cardinal continued: "In Monsignor Fortino we have known profound humanity; he was a faithful friend. All of us admired how, despite his exhausting illness, he always kept his good humor and continued with the work he carried in his heart. We have lost a friend."

True pastor 

According to Monsignor Juan Fernando Usma Gómez, who also works in the office of the pontifical council, the celebration "was a testimony of imposing and moving affection that made us remember how Monsignor Fortino was not only a soul of ecumenism and a man of culture, but also a priest who was truly a pastor of his Italian/Albanian community."

Bishop Farrell recalled Monsignor Fortino's last meeting with Benedict XVI on June 28, in an audience with the delegation sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople on the occasion of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The ecumenical patriarch also sent a message of condolence. 

Bishop Farrell highlighted the affection and esteem for Monsignor Fortino as expressed by Orthodox Archbishop Anastasius of Tirana and All Albania. 

The priest was also remembered by participants in the 12th plenary session of the Internationa l Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which  took place Sept. 22-27 in Vienna, Austria. They recalled Monsignor Fortino's role as co-secretary of the joint commission since its inception, and offered prayers for the repose of his soul.

Born in San Benedetto Ullano in Calabria, southern Italy, in 1938, Eleuterio Francesco Fortino entered as a seminarian in the Pontifical Greek College in 1958. He completed his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Ordained a priest in 1963, he took part in the last session of the Second Vatican Council as an assistant to the ecumenical observers. Since then he has collaborated with the Holy See in the dialogue with the Orthodox Churches.
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