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 9th September, 4pm

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







Sunday, 1 September 2013

RUSSIA - VATICAN Syria, the Pope, China: A Conversation with Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion - Asia News

Syria, the Pope, China: A Conversation with Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion - Asia News

On Ravenna:

"It 's still early to talk about the results of the work of the Commission , very difficult issues are being considered, such as the primacy and the role of the bishop of Rome, which is being discussed for the first time in a thousand years. During the working sessions , some very delicate issues were also raised, not only regarding relations between Catholics and Orthodox, but also among the Orthodox Churches themselves. Unfortunately , the document that the Commission is now preparing is under embargo and, therefore , it is not possible to comment or criticize , if not within the Commission itself.

"It seems to me, however, that this document does not comply with the mandate that the Commission received from the Churches and does not explain clearly what the differences and similarities between Catholics and Orthodox consist of."

On relations with the Catholics, the sticking point is still the modern-day restitution to dispossessed Ukrainian Catholics of the properties that were confiscated by Stalin when their Church was suppressed and persecuted,  and their church buildings forcibly given to the Moscow patriarchate:

"To date, the biggest problem in this regard is the situation in western Ukraine , where in the 1980s and 1990s very sad events took place, which deprived the Orthodox communities in some towns and villages of their churches . It persists still today."
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