Ukrainian Catholic University top-rated in IT field

LVIV – DOU (, a community of Ukrainian programmers, recently publicized its analysis of the ratings of the best institutions of higher education in the information technology (IT) field in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Catholic University, in particular its Applied Sciences Faculty, received first place among all Ukraine’s institutions of higher education.

This year’s rating, which was released on October 5, was based on the results of the admissions campaign of 2020, for which UCU received 189.15 out of 200 points on the weighted average of applications in the IT field.

Today the Orthodox Church celebrates the Nativity of Christ

Address of Metropolitan Emmanuel of France delivered in Kyiv on December 15, on the occasion of the Second Anniversary of the Unification Council of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Your Beatitude,

Your Excellencies / Eminences,

At this moment, we are gathered here in prayer to give thanks to our Triune God for this second anniversary of the Unification Sobor, which took place on the 15th of December 2018, and the achievement of this historical event is brought to mind. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we managed, all together, to give a new perspective and to show the unity of the local Orthodox Church two years ago.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew prays for victims of Holodomor

ISTANBUL – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew served a memorial service on November 28 at the Patriarchal Church at the Phanar for the victims of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine on the occasion of the 87th anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in the modern history of the country, during which millions of people died of starvation. The service was attended by Metropolitan Kyrillos of Imvros and Tenedos, Bishop Adrianos of Alikarnassos, Archimandrite Charalampy Nichev, who is responsible for the Ukrainian community in Istanbul, the Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul, Oleksandr Gaman, as well as officials of the consulate and members of the Ukrainian community of Istanbul.

Our Christmas wish

Writing in a recent Facebook post about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our lives, Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak succinctly captured how these past nine months have affected our mental health and well-being.  “We yearn for hope, normalcy, freedom, eager to exhale, unwrap our wings, and break out from the confinement.  Many pray just to survive,” the archbishop wrote on December 23.

It has certainly been a difficult year for most, if not all, of us.  As we look back over the past year and reflect on 2020, we share Archbishop Gudziak’s perspective that this time of year is also an opportunity to reflect more deeply on our lives, on our relationships with one another, and on our own well-being.

Dec. 28, 1973

Forty-seven years ago, on December 28, 1973, world renowned Russian writer, dissident and winner of the Nobel Prize for literature Alexandr Solzhenitsyn published the first of his three tomes on “The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956,” that detailed the concentration camps’ secret police surveillance and terror in the Soviet Union.

Chronicling the period following the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 until Nikita Krushchev’s rise to power, Solzhenitsyn warned “if freedom does not come to my country for a long time,” then the mere reading of this book will be considered a serious crime.

Resources and tips for raising bilingual children

Most people understand the importance and benefits of being bilingual.  Increased brainpower, academic advantages in kids, increased awareness of cultures, improved competitiveness in the job market, and making it easier to learn a third language are just some of the benefits. For me, I believe that language is the basis of culture and, without language, the culture eventually disappears. 

When I became a mom, I didn’t know there were so many resources out there that could help in learning Ukrainian.  So much has changed since I was a kid.  After nine years and four kids, I thought I would offer a list of compiled resources that have helped my family, as well as some tips on raising truly bilingual children.  I hope this may help others in their quest for their kids to know Ukrainian as well.  This obviously is not all-encompassing, but it is meant to offer a good base from which to begin.

Today the Orthodox Church celebrates the Nativity of Christ

Nativity Epistle of the Permanent Conference of Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine to the God-beloved Pastors, Venerable Monastics, and all Faithful Children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Diaspora and in Ukraine.

“Today Christ is born from a Virgin in Bethlehem, today the Eternal One is born and the Word is incarnated: the powers of heaven rejoice, the earth and all mankind rejoice” (Festal Stykhyra)

Guidelines for letters to the editor

The Ukrainian Weekly welcomes letters to the editor that react to articles published on its pages. Opinions expressed by letter writers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of either The Weekly editorial staff or its publisher, the Ukrainian National Association.

Letters must be signed (anonymous letters are not published) and the city from which they are sent will be published under the author’s name. However, the daytime phone number, e-mail address and complete mailing address of the letter-writer must be given for verification purposes.

Terms for a U.S.-Russia reset

If Joe Biden is to reset the U.S. relationship with Russia, the starting point needs to be 1994, the year the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the U.K. sat side-by-side in Hungary to sign the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. Its intent and purpose was clear. Ukraine was to give up the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world.

In exchange, Russia would respect the existing borders of Ukraine and “refrain from the threat of or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.”

Prime hierarchs greet Metropolitan Epifaniy on second anniversary of Unification Council

Below are the statements of greeting from the prime hierarchs of the Orthodox Churches of Greece, Alexandria, Cyprus and Constantinople on the occasion of the second anniversary of the Unification Council that was held on December 15, 2018, which was instrumental in the creation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), and its election of Metropolitan Epifaniy as its prime hierarch. The 2018 Unification Council and its decisions led to the Tomos of Autocephaly being granted to the OCU by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on January 6, 2019, which recognized the OCU as independent. (Source:, translated by Matthew Dubas)