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Monday, March 27, 2017
Scottish Cardinal visits Ukraine
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¬†Cardinal Keith O'Brien is currently visiting the Ukraine. His six day visit began on Saturday. Cardinal O'Brien was invited by Bishop Markijan Trofimiak, the Bishop of Lutsk, Ukraine. On the first full day of his visit yesterday, he celebrated Mass at St Alexander's Cathedral in Kiev. His visit will conclude with a High Mass in the Cathedral dedicated to Ss Peter and Paul in Lutsk. On the other days, the Cardinal will visit local parish communities and attend a concert in his honour tomorrow in Lutsk. The visit commemorates the 4th anniversary of the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Ukraine. The Cardinal will speak of the help given by the Holy Father to the Ukrainian people. The peoples of the Ukraine consider that the Orange Revolution would have been impossible without this particular visit of Pope John Paul II. The Cardinal will also take this opportunity to emphasise the standards with regard to marriage and family life which should be observed, not only in the Ukraine, but throughout the world. He will also support the united front of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in the Ukraine in opposing Government plans in the Ukraine whereby religion would be removed from the teaching of schools in the Ukraine and replaced by compulsory ethics classes, even in primary schools. He quotes the Church's statement that: "The time has come for independent Ukraine to break with totalitarian Soviet tradition in which parents and children are Christian at home but must be atheists or indifferent to Christianity at school. The visit also continues during the Year of the Eucharist when the Ukrainian peoples are thinking of resurrection and new life brought about by Christ in the Eucharist. Cardinal O'Brien has had longstanding links with the Ukrainian people. When he was an altar server in St Columba's Parish, Edinburgh, as a young man, he vividly remembers the Ukrainian peoples in exile celebrating Mass in St Columba's after the normal Sunday Masses for parishioners ≠ until they managed to purchase their own church within the city of Edinburgh. Source: SCMO
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