21 July 2015
Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky led the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the tumultuous period of both world wars and the early Soviet era. (photo: CNS)
CNS reports Pope Francis has declared Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky “venerable,” the second stage along the process of canonization in the Catholic Church:
The pope July 16 signed the decree recognizing that Metropolitan Sheptytsky heroically lived a life of Christian virtue. The recognition is an initial step in the sainthood process; the Vatican would have to recognize a miracle attributed to his intercession in order for a beatification ceremony to be scheduled.
Metropolitan Sheptytsky led the Ukrainian Catholic Church from 1901 until his death in 1944. During his leadership Ukraine and its people were ruled by seven different regimes: Austrian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Soviet, Nazi and, finally, the Soviets again. …
The Rev. Peter Galadza, acting director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, also mentioned the metropolitan’s efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust — including by personally sheltering them — and his efforts to promote reconciliation among Ukrainians, Russian and Poles.
Decades ago, the Rev. Romanos V. Russo wrote a profile of the late metropolitan for the Autumn 1982 edition of our magazine:
Archbishop Andrew was a Moses to his people. As Moses was an outspoken defender and liberator of his people, blessed Vladyka (bishop) Andrew strove to aid his Ukrainian flock in developing a sense of national identity.
As Moses himself was an “outsider,” raised an Egyptian and exiled among the Midianites, Archbishop Sheptitsky grew up in a family that had become more Polish and Latin Catholic than the Ukrainian Greek-Catholics they were by tradition.
Moses was the great liturgist that decreed the paths of piety, holding what is the Lord’s in honor. Vladyka Andrew preserved the numbers of his secular clergy and increased the religious ministering to his people and waged a life-long battle to purify and ennoble their liturgical life.
Moses led his people in their bitter wandering through the desert. Shiptitsky burned with zeal for the members of his flock scattered throughout the New World in search of another promised land.
Moses brought his flock to the brink of the Holy Land but was not granted to lead them in. Metropolitan Andrew exhausted himself in striving for the unity of the Eastern Churches but was not to see the fruit of this labor in his lifetime.
Moses and Andrew both pointed the way to Christ: of the former Scripture says “There has never yet risen in Israel a prophet like him,” (Dt. 34:10) The faithful prayerfully hope that the last word to be said of their revered Vladyka will be: Saint.
Read the rest here.
20 July 2015
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Kima Atoian lives with her children and six grandchildren in Armenia’s northernmost town of Ashotzk, where poverty and unemployment are prevalent. Villagers often use cow manure as stove fuel, lacking the means to afford gas. To learn more about life in Armenia’s northern reaches, read Armenian Winter, from the March 2009 edition of ONE. (photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)
17 July 2015
Tags: Armenia Poor/Poverty Eastern Europe Economic hardships
Sister Ayelech Gebeyehu prepares food for students in the kitchen of the Blessed Gebremichael Catholic School in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. To learn more about Sister Ayelech’s life and work, read her letter from Ethiopia, which appears in the Spring 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Petterik Wiggers/Panos Pictures)
16 July 2015
Tags: Ethiopia Children Sisters Education Catholic education
A man forced to flee his home due to the violence in eastern Ukraine takes up temporary residence in the Sviatohirsk Monastery — a famous lavra, or monastery made from a series of caves. Earlier today, we linked to a recent Caritas article drawing attention to the plight of internally displaced people in Ukraine, which was also the subject of the cover story of the
Spring 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Ivan Chernichkin)
15 July 2015
Tags: Ukraine Refugees War Monastery
Patients wait in the lobby of the CNEWA-supported Mother of Mercy Clinic in Zerqa, Jordan. As with many of the refugees the clinic serves, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, who administer the institution, hail from Iraq. To learn more about Jordan’s refugee population, read Finding Sanctuary in Jordan, from the Spring 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Nader Daoud)
14 July 2015
Tags: Refugees Sisters Jordan Health Care Refugee Camps
Egyptian sisters pray in Immaculate Conception Church in Suez, torched by rioters in August 2013. To learn more about the effort to rebuild after the mass arson, read Out of the Ashes, from the Spring 2015 issue of ONE. (photo: David Degner)
13 July 2015
Tags: Egypt Violence against Christians Sisters
Syrian refugee children take a reading class in Dbayeh, Lebanon. To learn more about how this new population has impacted life in Lebanon, read Lebanon on the Brink, from the
Spring 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Tamara Abdul Hadi)
10 July 2015
Tags: Lebanon Refugees Poor/Poverty Economic hardships
In Tbilisi, Georgia, parishioners sing Armenian hymns during the Divine Liturgy at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, which they share with the local Roman Catholic community. To learn more about Armenian Catholics in Georgia, read “A Firm Faith” in the Spring 2014 edition of ONE.
(photo: Molly Corso)
9 July 2015
Youth relax outside at the San Joe Puram Children’s Village in India. San Joe Puram enables children with special needs to learn and grow together with other children. To find out more, read “A Place of Promise — and Providence” in the Winter 2014 edition of ONE. (photo: John Mathew)
8 July 2015
The Rev. Mikael Khachkalian, the only Armenian Catholic priest in Tbilisi, Georgia, chats with a member of his congregation at the Armenian Catholic Center. Read more about his life and ministry in this profile from the Spring edition of ONE. (photo: Molly Corso)