Remembering a pair of Olympic gold medalists

The plan for covering the sports scene in 2020 certainly included Team Ukraine’s composition, performance and analysis at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Along came COVID-19 to put the world on hold for way too long. Ukraine’s elite athletes were granted an additional year of preparation for the Summer Games thanks to the pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken travelled to Kyiv on May 6, where he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. It marked the first visit to Ukraine by a senior official in the administration of President Joe Biden, and Mr. Blinken reaffirmed the position that the United States believes Ukraine is a key ally in the fight against Russian aggression.

May 14, 1961

Sixty years ago, on May 14, 1961, some 20,000 people attended the blessing of the cornerstone for the Manor College building in Fox Chase, Pa.

Bishop Joseph Shmondiuk that afternoon blessed the cornerstone, in a ceremony attended by representatives of the Government of Pennsylvania, Ukrainian organizations, as well as pilgrims and members of religious orders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, the educational facilities included a high school for girls (Saint Basil Academy), the junior college, as well as residence for the students and a monastery for the Sisters.

Thank you, but…

We need more. The recent apparent pullout of Russian troops from the border with Ukraine provides time and opportunity for reassessment. No one believes that hostilities between Russia and the rest of the world have ended, least of all Ukrainians. What has become more apparent is that fortunately the Western world is more sensitive and prepared to oppose Russian aggression, albeit to what extent remains unclear, in this case fortunately.