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.
To purchase the Divine Praises, the Divine Office of the Byzantine-Slav rite (in English), order from the Eparchy of Parma here.
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, 22 October 2010

Middle East Synod's Proposals to the Holy Father

ROME, 21 October, 2010 (Zenit.org).

For now at least, the work of the synod on the Middle East is focused on 41 proposals that, after further revisions, will be presented to Benedict XVI this Saturday.

Among the most representative topics included in these proposals is ecumenical dialogue, interreligious dialogue with Muslims and Jews, and the decisive importance of the Christian presence in the Middle East. Regarding this last objective, the synod fathers have been stressing a duty to protect the identity of the Eastern Catholic Churches, to reinforce communion within the Catholic Church among bishops, clergy and faithful (ad intra) and with the other Churches and ecclesial communities (ad extra).

The proposals call the world's attention to the problems linked to emigration and immigration in the region and to the promotion of religious liberty, including that of worship and conscience. Noteworthy is constant reference to a need to intensify cooperation among the Catholic hierarchies in the Middle East through meetings, initiatives of solidarity, and the formation of priests and laity. The proposals also stress the importance of media in transmitting the teachings of the Church.
The proposal list was presented today at the 12th general congregation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops.

Along with the Pope, 162 synod fathers participated in the assembly, coordinated by the president-delegate on duty, Patriarch Ignace Joseph III (Ephrem) Younan of Antioch of the Syrians. Working groups had elaborated 194 proposals, which were unified and reduced to 41, explained Archbishop Nikola Eterović, secretary-general of the syno d.

The document is now being analyzed by the working groups, which can propose possible amendments. A final list will be presented on Saturday morning, at the last general congregation.
The synod will then close on Sunday with a solemn Eucharistic celebration.

The 41 proposals, articulated in an introduction, three chapters and a conclusion, were read by special secretary of the synod, Archbishop Joseph Soueif, archbishop of Cyprus of the Maronites, and by the general-relator, Cardinal-designate Antonios Naguib, patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts.
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