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In Depth: Ukraine


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‘Don’t Forget Ukraine’ (One-to-One blog, 25 July 2017) We were privileged to welcome a visitor from the East to our New York offices this afternoon: Andrij Waskowycz, president of Caritas Ukraine. He shared with our staff some of the urgent and important work his organization is undertaking in his corner of the world — in particular, he said, dealing with what he called “the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II,” which has displaced millions throughout Ukraine and parts of Eastern Europe...

On the Passing of Ukrainian Cardinal Lubomyr Husar (One-to-One blog, 5 June 2017) “Today, we join the millions of men, women and children worldwide mourning the death of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, friend, teacher, pastor, father of his people,” said CNEWA’s president Msgr. John E. Kozar of the major archbishop emeritus of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, who died 31 May near the Ukrainian capital of Kiev...

Witnessing the Power and the Fallibility of the Human Spirit in Ukraine (One-to-One blog, 5 April 2017) On this reporting trip for CNEWA, two observations left a deep impression on me. One is the power of the human spirit. It was clear that the violence people saw before having to flee their homes indelibly stays in their memory and the daily stress they face complicates their lives. Yet, they persevere. It’s inspiring to see them fight for their survival without succumbing to self-pity or letting themselves fall into despair. They unite into outreach groups, form communities, and establish support networks. They’re not afraid to ask for help when they need it and try to move on with their lives not knowing what the future has in store for them...

90 Years, 90 Heroes: Oleksandr Bohomaz (One-to-One blog, 22 December 2016) In 2014, in the wake of the upheavals in Kiev, Antin Sloboda from CNEWA’s office in Canada interviewed a seminarian in Ukraine, Oleksandr Bohomaz, who described his background, his vocation and his faith...

Singer, Fiddler, Scholar Shepherd: Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (One-to-One blog, 26 September 2016) After spending a little over 30 minutes interviewing his beatitude, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk — head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church — I was reminded of the strong historic continuity which clergymen bring to spiritual service.

How Ukraine’s Only Catholic University is Making a Difference (One-to-One blog, 6 April 2016) After spending two full days with a Ukrainian photographer on the three campuses that constitute the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, my colleague said he regretted not attending the educational institution. I immediately understood why. He had attended a state-run university in town — UCU’s student body of 1,600 is a drop in the ocean of the city’s student population of 150,000 — where professors lectured and students were told what to write without dialogue or dialectic...

Never Forget: Recalling Ukraine’s Underground Church (One-to-One blog, 10 March 2016) Today marks a significant and tragic anniversary for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Seventy years ago today, 10 March 1946, the church was brutally liquidated by Stalin’s regime, when the territories of western Ukraine fell under Soviet rule...

From Ukrainian Bishops: ‘The People Are Suffering, Holy Father’ (One-to-One blog, 10 March 2016) After meeting with Pope Francis on 5 March, the Permanent Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) issued a statement which, in their words, ‘reflects the position of our Church on the current situation in Ukraine.”