Remembering Chornobyl 32 years on

The statement below was issued by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of American on April 23. Thirty-two years ago, the worst nuclear disaster in history resulted from the ruthless exploitation of Ukraine and its people by an imperialistic Russian regime that continuously manifests a callous disregard for human life. Releasing 400 times more radioactive material than the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, the explosion in the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, caused irreparable harm to Ukraine and its people. The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest representation of Ukrainians in America, commemorates this tragedy annually, offering our prayers for all the victims killed by this tragedy and all those who continue to suffer from its effects. This year, we once again call upon the international community to join the UCCA in ensuring that the ongoing needs of the victims are never forgotten.

UWC urges ecumenical patriarch to issue Tomos of Autocephaly to Ukrainian Church

The release below was issued by the Ukrainian World Congress on April 21. The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) calls upon the Ecumenical Patriarch to issue a Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine in accordance with the wishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, and in response to the appeal of the president of Ukraine, which was supported by the Parliament of Ukraine. In November 2016 and January 2018, UWC President Eugene Czolij met with His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I, archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome to whom he presented the resolutions of the UWC annual general meetings in 2016 and 2017 appealing for the issuance of a Tomos of Autocephaly for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate. In the framework of these meetings, Mr. Czolij highlighted the role of the Ukrainian Church in the spiritual unification of the Ukrainian nation. “The Ukrainian World Congress on behalf of the 20-million-strong Ukrainian diaspora calls upon the ecumenical patriarch to issue a Tomos of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine,” stated the UWC president.

The world is on our side, but we need to do more

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), together with its 53-country network, continues to make a difference in how the international community interacts with Ukraine and supports the limitless potential of the Ukrainian people. The hybrid aggression of the Russian Federation continues with an escalating vengeance claiming casualties on an almost daily basis. As of today, the Russian Federation has seized 7.2 percent of the territory of eastern Ukraine and its military actions have resulted in 11,000 deaths including 2,500 civilians, and 23,000 wounded. Currently in Ukraine, there are 1.6 million internally displaced persons, whereas the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine has negatively impacted the lives of close to 4.4 million Ukrainians living in the Donbas and resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war. More than 100 Ukrainian hostages in the Donbas and over 60 Ukrainian political prisoners continue to languish in prisons in the Russian Federation and Crimea.

Ukrainian World Congress president continues visits to diaspora communities

TORONTO – The president of the Ukrainian World Congress, the coordinating body that represents the interests of the diaspora of over 20 million Ukrainians, continued visiting Ukrainian communities around the globe in the first months of 2018.

The overall goal of the visits by Eugene Czolij is to promote Ukrainian issues with the governing authorities of the countries where Ukrainians reside and to strengthen cooperation with Ukrainian communities. 

San Diego’s Life Perspectives presents program in Ukraine for grieving parents

LVIV – Two veteran trainers from the San Diego-based organization Life Perspectives, Michaelene Fredenburg and Katie Geppert, traveled to Ukraine on March 15-21 to conduct Safe Place. This is an in-depth training program designed to help grief counselors and health-care professionals provide more effective support services for families struggling to recover from the loss of a child, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion or early infant death. 

UCU has Ukraine’s smartest students, rated among top 3 universities

CHICAGO – According to the analytical website texty.org.ua, the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) has the smartest group of incoming students in Ukraine. According to the same research, UCU is now among Ukraine’s three top-rated universities, joined by Taras Shevchenko National University and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. The analytical group of Texty has for the second time conducted research to determine Ukraine’s best universities. In the opinion of the study’s authors, the best criterion for this is rating the indicators of incoming students on the basis of External Independent Testing (ETI), and also indicators of the cost of education and the professionalism of the teachers. 

According to the research results, UCU has gone up 34 places in the rating (in comparison with 2011) and is now among the three national leaders. The average indicator of the EIT results of UCU’s incoming students is the highest in the country, at 182.5 points.

Annual St. Thomas Sunday weekend pilgrimage

SOUTH BOUND BROOK, N.J. – As the sun rose over the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. on Saturday, April 14, the faithful began to arrive for the St. Thomas weekend events, which began with a divine liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Daniel at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church. Archbishop Daniel joined the faithful outdoors and walked through the cemetery stopping at various gravesites to pray and pronounce the good news of the Resurrection, sprinkling them with holy water. All through the cemetery could be heard “Christ is Risen!” in English, Ukrainian, Romanian, Polish and Portuguese.  From every corner came the words proclaiming the Resurrection.  The living sharing in the joy of salvation with the departed.

Newsbriefs

G-7 united against Russia’s ‘malign’ acts

A senior U.S. official has told reporters that foreign affairs ministers from the Group of Seven (G-7) industrialized nations remain determined to oppose Russia’s efforts to “destabilize” nations around the world. “There was a G-7 unity on opposing Russia’s malign behavior,” said the State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity on April 22, the first day of the G-7 foreign ministers’ two-day meeting in Toronto. Nevertheless, the official said there remains an openness to talk to Russia over various important issues while still holding Moscow accountable for its destabilizing efforts around the globe. Reuters earlier quoted sources as saying the meeting’s final statement would maintain an uncompromising line with Moscow, which the G-7 has condemned for its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and for its backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine. “The language will be tough because of what the Russians have done until now,” one source said.

Michigan community marks author’s 95th birthday and book launch

WARREN, Mich. – The Ukrainian National Women’s League of America, Detroit Regional Council, friends and family of Olena Kulchycka Papiz gathered enthusiastically to celebrate her 95th birthday and book presentation. The luncheon was attended by more than 100 admiring participants at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren on Sunday, March 25. 

Mrs. Papiz was born on March 22, 1923, in the village of Novosilka, county of Pidhaitsi, in western Ukraine. She married Vasyl Papiz of Stare Misto Pidhaitsi in 1941 (he passed away in 1990). They abandoned the land they loved to escape the Soviet army in 1944 and until 1949 made the DP camp of Regensburg their temporary home. 

Mr. and Mrs. Papiz became active members of the Ukrainian community, parishioners of St.

School of Ukrainian Studies in NYC celebrates Shevchenko

NEW YORK – The Selfreliance School of Ukrainian Studies held its annual concert in honor of the great Ukrainian bard Taras Shevchenko at St. George Academy in New York City on March 3. This year, on the occasion of Shevchenko’s 204th birthday, the students performed a series of songs set to the poet’s words including, “My Evening Star,” “Cherry Blossom Garden” and “Bandura’s Gentle Strings”. Each class, from the youngest to the oldest, was featured in the anniversary concert. “We Little Children” and “Kalyna” were performed by the preschoolers, or “Svitlychka.” Under the guidance of Ukrainian language teacher, Olya Matviishin, eighth grade students performed an abridged version of Shevchenko’s ”Handmaid.” Ninth graders, led by their Ukrainian culture instructor Anastasia Antonov showcased a fragment from the poem “Princess,” and the 10th grade reflected on Shevchenko’s love life in “Fate, Where Are You?”

This annual celebration of Shevchenko is a special one for the school. 

In his address to the student body, Principal Ivan Makar said, “We must heed the words of our great bard.