August 25, 2015 press conference of His Beatitude Sviatoslav, at the Patriarchal Sobor

August 25, 2015

Press-conference of the Patriarch Sviatoslav in Ivano-Frankivs, Ukraine.

The UGCC Council entitled “Vibrant Parish as a place to meet the living Christ,” which has started its work today in Ivano-Frankivsk, has brought together 250 delegates from 57 countries. The Council is chaired by Head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav.

The Council began with the Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Ivano-Frankivs, where Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk greeted the delegates and the official decree of opening Sobor was read.

“The Council is an extremely important moment, it enables to see the unity of our Church in the fullness of its diversity, because here the fullness of the church body is presented, and lay people are the important participants, who convey the voice of God's people from all over the world,” Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk said.

There should be an active exchange of successes and failures. The Council’s resolutions should not remain only on paper, but should be implemented. All the debate of the Council and then the follow-up decision adopted by the Synod of Bishops (which will take place after the conciliar sessions) led to qualitative changes in dioceses and parishes of the UGCC.

Head of the UGCC invited Archbishop Ihor (Isichenko), Head of the Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC, who attended the Patriarchal Council of the UGCC. It is the first time in the history of the UGCC the delegates from the Orthodox Church attend the Council.

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