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Ukrainian archbishop still seeks patriarchate

The Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has made it clear that he will continue to press for the recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate, despite opposition from Orthodox prelates.

Catholic World News reports that in a statement formally released by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Husar asked the faithful to pray and fast for the recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate, saying that it would be a positive and natural development in the life of the Eastern-rite Church.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexei told the the Vatican's Cardinal Walter Kasper last month that he was "gratified" to hear that "no decision has been made" on creating a patriarchate for the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The Vatican has put recognition of the patriarch on hold.

The Major Archbishop - the leader of the largest Byzantine-rite community in union with Rome - said that the plea for recognition of a Ukrainian patriarchate represents a consensus long held by his flock.

"We chose this path long ago," he said; "and it reflects the clear will of the People of God of our Church."

Ukrainian prelate still seeks patriarchate (Catholic World News 3/3/04)

Cardinal Kasper reports on meeting with Russian Patriarch (CathNews 25/2/04)

4 Mar 2004