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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Ukranian Catholics to build theological centre†
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¬†The Ukrainian Catholic Church, is set to begin building a new theological centre in Lvov. Aid to the Church in Need, which is contributing about £3 million to the project, announced yesterday that the planned centre will include a seminary serving several dioceses, a theological faculty and other training faculties. It is hoped the centre will become "the spiritual heart of the Ukrainian Catholic faithful". The Ukrainian-rite Church was banned by Stalin in 1946 and persecuted until its readmission in 1989. During more than 40 years of persecution almost all its bishops, with hundreds of priests and religious, died in prison or were exiled. But the Church survived underground. Today the Ukraine has more than six million Catholics, representing over 10 per cent of the population. Around five million of these belong to the Ukrainian-rite church whose spiritual head, Archbishop Lubomyr Husar, was made a cardinal this February by Pope John Paul II. The remaining million or so Catholics belong to the Latin rite. Most other Ukrainians belong to one of the Orthodox churches. In West Ukraine, which comprises the region of Galicia - with its capital Lvov, (a part of Austria until 1918) - Catholics represent the majority of the population.
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