Saturday, June 11, 2011

Dynamic young leader takes helm of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

The names of two esteemed religious figures resonate when Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the new head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, speaks.

One died well before the archbishop was born. The other when he was rooted in his religious career. The spirits of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky – the pious, savvy and bold leader of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church during World War II – and John Paul II promise to be guiding forces as Shevchuk embarks on his journey of leading a global church which numbers five million faithful.

At 41, Shevchuk is one of the youngest people to head the church, which adheres to Catholic tenets but practices Byzantine rites. He is only a few years older than Sheptytsky was when he took office in 1901.

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Source: Kyiv Post

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