Patriarch Sviatoslav: Newly elected Pope knows Ukrainian Catholic Church, its Liturgy and Spirituality

13 March 2013, 23:19 | UGCC | 1 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

RISU correspondent in Rome Oksana Shkodziska took the commentary of Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk about newly elected Pope Francis I.    378997_560334880658243_747233064_n.jpg

"I would first like to say that the newly elected Pope Francis was mentored by one of our priests, Stepan Chmil who is now buried in the basilica of St. Sophia in Rome. Today’s Pope, during his time as a student of the Salesian school, awoke many hours before his classmates to concelebrate at our Divine Liturgy with Fr. Stepan. He knows our Tradition very well, as well as our Liturgy.

The last time I had an opportunity to see him was as I was preparing to leave Argentina for Ukraine. I asked him to bear witness to the process of beatifying Fr. Stepan Chmil, to which, he gladly agreed. The Holy Father very well knows not only of our Church, but also our liturgy, our rites, and our spirituality.

Apart from this, Pope Francis, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, was assigned as ordinary for Eastern Catholics, specifically those who at the time did not have members of their own hierarchy. Our Eparchy in Argentina is, let’s say, suffragan to the Archbishop’s seat of Buenos Aires. In this way, Cardinal Bergoglio, always took care of our Church in Argentina; and as a young bishop, I took my first steps in episcopal ministry under his watchful eyes and help. Because of this, I am positive that the Holy Father will be a great help to our Church, and I expect that great things await our Church with this Pope.

In regards to the personality of the new Holy Father - he is an incredibly modest person. For example, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, he never relied on his own automobile, rather relying on public transportation, always in simple clothing. He mostly stands out in his enormous care for the less-fortunate, visiting the most impoverished neighborhoods. He is a person, I would say, of great pastoral foundation.

As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is an incredibly deep intellectual. I can attest to the fact that his homilies are quite short, sometimes no longer than five or six sentences, but he manages to fill them with such deep meaning, always leaving the faithful in silent contemplation upwards of five-to-seven minutes". (Translation by Julian Hayda)

Система Orphus
Rating
0
2
1comments count

comments

add comments 
  • Паломник | 16 March 2013, 14:26
    comment comment

    "Кто много думает, тот мало говорит, стараясь втиснуть возможно больше мыслей в немногие слова." В. Ирвинг

Сan leave comments only to registered visitors Еnter

Latest news

Last comments

  • Леонтій | 8 December 2016, 20:28

    А хіба рішення про оголошення в Україні 25 грудня - коли ті християни, що живуть за Григоріанським та Новоюліанським (тобто, вельми значна частина ПРАВОСЛАВНИХ закордоном) календарями, святкують

  • netoy_gaidamak | 8 December 2016, 18:33

    Таких багато, та тільки як З ВРЦо ніхто не радився та не робив соцопитування для такого рішення.

  • Леонтій | 7 December 2016, 19:29

    Христос сказал, что "там, где [как минимум] двое или трое [действительно] собраны во имя Моё, там и Я посреди них". Так вот, совокупность именно ТАКИХ собраний верующих по всему миру

  • Михаил | 7 December 2016, 18:56

    Вы против законной и каноничной УПЦ, ладно, допустим. Но чем Вам не угодила ещё и наша Святая Римская Церковь? Или Вы признаете единственно правильной только лжецерковь под омофором Денисенко? Тогда

  • Леонтій | 7 December 2016, 12:37

    Р. S. Крім того, сам св. ап. Петро НІЯК, НІДЕ й НІКОЛИ не претендував на якусь свою особливо-персональну - абсолютно-керівну (тотально-диктаторську) роль і місію в першоапостольській Церкві. А тим

Most Popular Articles month