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Greek Catholics can set up patriarchate only by seizing churches by force - Ukrainian Orthodox Church

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    Greek Catholics can set up patriarchate only by seizing churches by force - Ukrainian Orthodox Church 10 July 2006, 14:23 Kiev, July 10, Interfax - The
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      Greek Catholics can set up patriarchate only by seizing churches by force -
      Ukrainian Orthodox Church
      10 July 2006, 14:23

      Kiev, July 10, Interfax - The Ukrainian Orthodox Church does not exclude a
      possibility that the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) may establish a
      patriarchate of its own.

      The Ukrainian issue of the Kommersant daily has reported Monday that the
      recognition of the UGCC Patriarchate of Kiev and Galicia was considered at
      the Uniate Synod session held from June 25 to July 5 in Rome.

      ‘The Greek Catholics will never have a patriarchate, except that they seize
      churches by force and thus seek to establish a patriarchate’, the Ukrainian
      Orthodox Church press service commented on the UGCC’s intention.

      However, according to the daily, the Vatican approves of the Greek-Catholic
      intention to set up their own patriarchate as an important step towards the
      creation of one Church in Ukraine.

      As a Vatican source informed Kommersant, the UGCC patriarchate ‘will help
      elevate the status (of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic - IF) Church and make it
      possible to unite the Orthodox and the Catholics in Ukraine, to unite the
      Churches’.

      Bishop Gleb Lonchina, apostolic visitator for the Greek-Catholic Ukrainians
      in Italy, Spain and Ireland, also stated that Pope Benedict XVI himself had
      approved the idea of a UGCC patriarchate.

      UGCC Supreme Archbishop Lubomir Husar is expected to publicize the results
      of the Synod on Monday. In case of a positive decision, the Church will be
      granted administrative independence and the powers of its head will become
      considerably broader.

      http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=1701

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