26 April, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 02/11/2011
UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Cardinal Husar: Christians in Ukraine, privileges for some, obstacles for others
by Nina Achmatova
The primate leaves the leadership of the Greek-catholic in Kiev and describes the situation in the country, the authorities give precedence to Russian Orthodox, ignoring the others.

Moscow (AsiaNews) - The retirement of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, 77, from the post of Archbishop of Kiev, did not make headlines in Russia. But in Ukraine, his words rung clear and clean. Leaving the leadership of the Church Greek- Catholic Ukrainian (Uniate) archdiocese for health reasons, the cardinal delivered a strong message to politicians, who continue to ignore the religious minorities, and an appeal to spiritual leaders for the achievement of unity among Christians.

The privileges of "one Church"

"The authorities do not want to talk to us - the cardinal during denounced a press conference in Kiev yesterday - for a whole year there have been no meetings with the president or other government officials to discuss our situation. This is a problem that must be resolved calmly and without exploitation". Viktor Yanukovich, orthodox and politically close to the Kremlin, has been leading Ukraine for the past year. Card. Husar made no secret that a number of religious denominations in the former Soviet country are having problems: "Many complain that only one Church (the Russian Orthodox Church, ed) enjoys special privileges, because our head of state is a member. Although pleased to have a president who is a believer, Husar has not failed to highlight the pressures on Greek-Catholics, with security agencies trying to convince clergy to work with them, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate, whose priests are forced to pass under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Moscow. "The fact that one Church is privileged compared to another is not a gesture of love from the state, but a dangerous factor for the Church itself, because it undermines credibility in the eyes of the faithful," he added.

The reasons for retirement

Benedict XVI yesterday accepted Husar’s "resignation". He played down the reasons for the move saying that while he is "not healthy enough to continue being a leader", he is neither "one foot in the grave". Thus he assured his continuing commitment to participate fully in the life of the Greek - Catholic Church of Ukraine. "I will continue to pray for our Church ... and I want to meet young people and workers." The administration of the local church now goes to the Mgr. Ihor Vozniak, archbishop of Lviv, responsible for the convening of the synod of bishops of the Greek-Ukrainian Catholics for the election of the new Major Archbishop. Husar has launched an appeal to his successor: "Do not succumb to secularist temptations and preserve the unity and sanctity of the Church throughout the world."

A historic leader

Husar has lead Ukrainian Catholics since 2001. In 2005 he presided over the transfer of the Church from Lviv to Kiev. A move viewed with suspicion in some Orthodox circles. The Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia has never concealed that the issue of Ukrainian Catholics - who, because united in Rome are called 'Uniate' - is one of the nodes to be resolved before the meeting between the Pope and Patriarch Kirill . By some estimates, Ukrainian Catholics count over five million. The major archbishop is the head of an Eastern Rite church, but united with Rome, and exercises the same jurisdiction of a Patriarch of an Eastern Catholic Church.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
03/22/2012 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Greek-catholic Patriarch: Orthodox connivance with Stalin undermines our relations
by Nina Achmatova
02/24/2015 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Ukraine, a land scorched by history
by Vladimir Rozanskij
06/19/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Kyiv Greek Catholic archbishop tells "Orthodox brothers" not to believe propaganda, look at the truth
by Marta Allevato
08/19/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Moscow-linked Ukrainian Orthodox Church calls for Crimea's return to Kyiv
by Nina Achmatova
04/04/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
For Metropolitan Hilarion, Ukraine crisis ended preparations for meeting between pope and patriarch

Editor's choices
VATICAN
Pope remembers and prays for "latest tragedy" of migrants, "our brothers and sisters" who "are seeking happiness"At the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis says he is praying for the hundreds of victims in a sinking off the coast of Libya. An appeal to the international community to "act decisively and promptly." "Every baptized person is called to witness in word and deed, that Jesus is risen, He is alive and present in our midst." The Christian message "is not a theory, an ideology or a complex system of precepts and prohibitions, or moralism, but a message of salvation, a concrete event, even a person: the Risen Christ, the living and only Savior of all" . The Pope will be in Turin on June 21 to honor the Shroud, the exposition of which begins today.
SAUDI ARABIA – YEMEN
Saudi war in Yemen masks widening domestic tensions
by Afshin ShahiSaudi Arabia is using the conflict in Yemen to control domestic problems, especially social inequalities and religious sectarianism. However, whilst the royal family flaunts its wealth, some 20 per cent of the population lives in poverty. Many disgruntled young Saudis end up becoming "foreign fighters" for the Islamic state (IS). Some 15 per cent of the Saudi population is Shia, under the heavy thumb of the Sunni-dominated state. Afshin Shahi, director of the Centre for the Study of Political Islam and lecturer in International Relations and Middle East Politics at University of Bradford, provides the following lucid analysis.
VATICAN
Pope: on the persecution of Christians, the international community should "not stand by mute and inactive” and “look away”For the sixth time in a week, Pope Francis mentioned the martyrdom of Christians in today’s Regina Caeli (the Marian prayer at Easter), slamming the indifference of the international community towards this "alarming failure to protect basic human rights.” Today’s martyrs "are many, and we can say that they are more numerous than in the first centuries." In addition, “Faith in the resurrection of Jesus and the hope He has brought to us is the most beautiful gift that a Christian can and must offer his brothers and sisters. To one and all, therefore, do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.