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April 20, 1988
Pope John Paul II, in a statesmanlike message meant to be read in the Kremlin, urged religious freedom for an underground church in the Soviet Ukraine on the 1,000th anniversary of its founding. The papal letter to the officially nonexistent Ukrainian Catholic Church was intended to express solidarity with the estimated 4 million secret Roman Catholics in the Ukraine without angering Soviet leaders.
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September 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A blast leveled a Ukrainian church in Colchester, shaking nearby buildings and tossing shards of glass and wood debris hundreds of feet. No injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church was not immediately clear. The brick building had an indoor propane tank for cooking, state police Sgt. J. Paul Vance said.
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September 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A blast leveled a Ukrainian church in Colchester, shaking nearby buildings and tossing shards of glass and wood debris hundreds of feet. No injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church was not immediately clear. The brick building had an indoor propane tank for cooking, state police Sgt. J. Paul Vance said.
NEWS
April 1, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Climaxing a week of religious and national renewal in the Ukraine, returning Catholic Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky on Sunday conducted a Byzantine Mass in a Lvov cathedral for the first time in half a century. Inside the freshly gilded, exuberantly baroque Cathedral of St. George, the seat of his church, Lubachivsky raised his voice in triumph through the prayers and incense.
NEWS
April 14, 1990 | From Religious News Service
St. George's Cathedral in Lvov has been returned to Ukrainian Catholics after being used by the Russian Orthodox Church for more than 40 years, according to an announcement by Ukrainian Catholic officials in Rome. The announcement from the temporary see in Rome of the Archeparchy of Lvov said the transfer of the cathedral was authorized April 6 by a 124-6 vote of the newly elected city council of Lvov.
NEWS
March 26, 1991
After more than half a century of exile, the spiritual leader of the long-suppressed Ukrainian Catholic Church returns to the Soviet Union on Saturday to take possession of his See. Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky, who spent more than 30 years of his priesthood in the United States, flies by charter from Rome to Lvov in the western Ukraine, where he is expected to receive a tumultuous welcome by the patient faithful of a church officially banned by dictator Josef Stalin in 1946.
NEWS
November 18, 1989 | Reuters
Pope John Paul II and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev will meet at the Vatican on Dec. 1 for talks that could lead the Kremlin to legalize the banned Ukrainian Catholic Church and invite the Pope to Moscow. The meeting, announced by the Vatican in a brief statement Friday, will be the first between a Kremlin leader and a pontiff.
NEWS
September 18, 1989 | MASHA HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
The outlawed Ukrainian Catholic Church demonstrated its massive power here Sunday as tens of thousands of worshipers knelt on the ground and prayed in an outdoor service and then spilled onto the main avenues, singing hymns and holding lighted candles. The Mass and a subsequent march to the central cathedral, in which more than 100,000 people took part, was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Soviet annexation of Western Ukraine.
NEWS
May 4, 1988 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
The exiled head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church appealed to President Reagan on Tuesday to cancel plans to visit a historic monastery during his trip to Moscow later this month, contending that such a visit would appear to give Western sanction to the Kremlin's control of religious worship. Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky, who spoke to reporters after attending a White House meeting on religion in the Soviet Union, said Reagan told him he is committed to visit the 700-year-old Danilov Monastery.
NEWS
April 10, 1987 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II was urged by a Ukrainian-Argentine bishop today to go to the Soviet Union and help conquer "the darkness of atheism." The Pope told members of Argentina's 200,000-strong Ukrainian community the Roman Catholic church "shares your suffering . . . and your ecumenical vocation marked by the stigma of pain." But while calling for the union of the Roman and Ukrainian branches of the church, John Paul did not comment on a possible visit to the Ukraine.
NEWS
March 31, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A frail Catholic cardinal returned here to the Ukraine from half a century's exile Saturday, triggering a massive outburst of civic affection for a restored religion--and sought-after nationhood. As his chartered flight from Rome flew over a flat, chill and tentatively green land he had last seen in 1938, Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky told reporters that for him this day--which his long-suppressed Ukrainian Catholic Church celebrates as Lazarus Saturday--is no different this year from any other.
NEWS
March 30, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One clear autumn day in 1938, a newly ordained priest named Myroslav Lubachivsky rode a bus to the train station in the Ukrainian city of Lvov and there, two valises firmly in hand, embarked on a journey west that would last more than half a century. "I thought I would be gone three years to complete my doctorate--five at most," Lubachivsky recalled this week.
NEWS
March 26, 1991
After more than half a century of exile, the spiritual leader of the long-suppressed Ukrainian Catholic Church returns to the Soviet Union on Saturday to take possession of his See. Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky, who spent more than 30 years of his priesthood in the United States, flies by charter from Rome to Lvov in the western Ukraine, where he is expected to receive a tumultuous welcome by the patient faithful of a church officially banned by dictator Josef Stalin in 1946.
NEWS
June 24, 1990 | Associated Press
Pope John Paul II will open the first meeting of Ukrainian bishops in more than four decades by receiving each bishop privately, the Vatican said Saturday. The change from the Pope's usual opening with the entire group is a sign of special concern for the Ukrainian church, which was suppressed by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1946. "The Pope wanted to begin with a human rapport," papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro said. "They can talk, greet each other, get to know each other."
NEWS
April 14, 1990 | From Religious News Service
St. George's Cathedral in Lvov has been returned to Ukrainian Catholics after being used by the Russian Orthodox Church for more than 40 years, according to an announcement by Ukrainian Catholic officials in Rome. The announcement from the temporary see in Rome of the Archeparchy of Lvov said the transfer of the cathedral was authorized April 6 by a 124-6 vote of the newly elected city council of Lvov.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 1990 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 44 years, the Catholics of Mshana have had no place to pray. Like all other Ukrainian Catholic Churches, the tin-domed church of Mshana was absorbed into the Russian Orthodox Church in 1946, on the orders of the dictator Josef Stalin, as part of his drive to eliminate Ukrainian nationalism. "Our church has never been Orthodox, and it never will be," Denko Koblitsky, a defiant Catholic farmer said recently, pointing with pride to the tiny, 200-year-old building.
NEWS
September 21, 1989 | MASHA HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Roman Dovah, a 9-year-old Ukrainian who wants to be a priest when he grows up, says his proudest possession is a cross his mother gave him last month. But Roman wears it only at home, or when he goes to services of the outlawed Ukrainian Catholic Church, to which his family belongs. He is afraid to wear the religious ornament to school, he said, because his classmates or teacher might see it when he changes clothes for gym class.
NEWS
March 31, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A frail Catholic cardinal returned here to the Ukraine from half a century's exile Saturday, triggering a massive outburst of civic affection for a restored religion--and sought-after nationhood. As his chartered flight from Rome flew over a flat, chill and tentatively green land he had last seen in 1938, Cardinal Myroslav Lubachivsky told reporters that for him this day--which his long-suppressed Ukrainian Catholic Church celebrates as Lazarus Saturday--is no different this year from any other.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | Reuters
Pope John Paul II appointed an Australian archbishop and veteran diplomat Tuesday as his main negotiator with the Russian Orthodox Church over the thorny issue of Ukrainian Catholics. Archbishop Edward Cassidy, 65, the Pope's deputy secretary of state for the last 17 months, was named to head the Vatican's Bureau for Christian Unity, a key position in Roman Catholic attempts to improve relations with the Russian church.
OPINION
December 3, 1989
Among all the astonishing sights in this astonishing year, this was perhaps the most extraordinary: There in Rome on Friday was Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Lenin's heir, reverential but smiling, stepping forward to take the hand of John Paul II, Peter's successor, while a red-dressed Raisa and beaming princes of the church looked on.
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