Pope Francis Appoints Special Envoy to Attend 1025th Anniversary of Baptism of Ukraine-Rus Celebrations

16 June 2013, 11:30 | Religious ceremonies and pilgrimage | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Audrys Juozas Bačkis, Archbishop Emeritus of Vilnius, as his special envoy to attend the celebrations marking the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Ukraine-Rus, scheduled for August 17-18 2013 in Kyiv, Radio Vatican reports.

The celebrations will include a meeting of the Synod of Bishops, a national pilgrimage, which will be attended by faithful of Ukraine and the diaspora, and the consecration of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

As the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) Information Department reported earlier, Greek Catholics will celebrate the anniversary of the baptism in August, not July. This was explained at a press conference in Kyiv by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who said the tradition of celebrating the two events together – the feast day of Prince Volodymyr and the anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine – is a tradition of the Russian Church.

“Combining these two events was intended to emphasize the state nature of the state religion of Moscow Orthodoxy. We are heirs of Volodymyr's baptism and the Church of Kyiv. And we kept the ancient Kyivan tradition, according to which the Baptism of Ukraine-Rus is celebrated every year on August 14 – the day of the Holy Maccabean Martyrs when Dormition Fast begins and the day of the so-called Augustivskyi water blessing. We honor the tradition of the Russian Church, but in our church we uphold the traditions of the Kyivan Church, so our celebrations coincide with this date,” said the head of the UGCC.

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    • Andrzej | 1 April 2015, 21:45

      I hope that some day the pope will also honor the Jewish, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian, and other minorities victims of atrocious genocide committed by the Ukrainian OUN/UPA (banderovtsy) war criminals

    • Taras Antoshevskyy | 31 March 2015, 15:14

      Ви самі належите до секти, яка створена агентом КГБ Догналом. КГБ - це творіння атеїстичної сатанинської системи. Про що ви тут можете говорити? Втікайте до свої Масковії, поки по вас і вам подібних

    • Paul S. Ewasko | 31 March 2015, 14:16

      Don't believe that is the real reason for the suspension. There must be more to it. The RO's are very good at not telling the truth.

    • erinms | 31 March 2015, 00:37

      That is a positive sign from a Christian church that does not promote politics. It gives me hope that there will a peaceful resolution to this warring. True Christians can always work out their

    • mufti Said | 30 March 2015, 18:50

      Ой, Базіліо Паладін, ви ще не чули що кажуть деякі мусульмани. Майже як ви кажуть, і те ж саме слово використовують - невірні. Так що, будемо ворогувати тому що в нас різні віри, чи будемо

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