Patriarch Shevchuk's visit enthrals UK Ukrainians

22 October 2017, 23:23 | Ukrainians outside of Ukraine | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk arrived from Kyiv on Thursday for a tour of the region to mark 60 years of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United Kingdom, premier.org.uk. informs.

His Eminence visited a member church and community centre in Salford on Sunday morning, before attending All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Church in Bolton.

All Saints member and head of the local Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain branch, Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn told Premier the trip marks a time for local Ukrainians to celebrate.

Explaining the significance of Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk's visit felt particularly by older Ukrainians, he said: "From them, this will be a celebration [of] the fact that they will never, ever see another head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church coming to Bolton.

"In fact, this is only going to be the second visit ever."

It is estimated 30,000 Ukrainians live currently in Great Britain, a significant number of whom belong to families who left Ukraine during the 1940s.

Mr Tymchyshyn said this weekend's commemorations come at a time when the Ukrainian community in northern England appears to be growing.

He explained: "We had a lull, whereby the numbers [of people] attending events, school and church did decrease but those numbers have now started to pick up again."

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    A wolf in sheep's clothing?

  • velovs@ukr.net | 22 February 2018, 20:55

    Как знать: всё может быть... -------- Пусть приезжает: я с гневным протестом под колёса его "папомобиля" бросаться НИКАК не буду! :-) -------- Едва ли не как это тогда, в июне 2001 г.,

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    Приезд Святейшего Папы в любом случае привлечёт новое и дополнительное внимание к Украине и, возможно, заставит многих по новому взглянуть на наши проблемы и проявить больше решительности.

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    Помнится, что 23-27 июня 2001 г. в Украину с БЛАГОСЛОВЕННЫМ архипастырским визитом приезжал воистину великий и вдохновенный служитель Божий - св. Папа Иоанн Павел ІІ. ------ И вот РОВНО через ТРИ с

  • Михаил | 22 February 2018, 13:15

    Устами младенца глаголет истина!

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