Church and Society
director Taras Boyko (photo 90) told about international Festival of
Press secretary of Lviv Archdiocese of UGCC priest Oleh Panchynyak
talked in the studio of Voskresinnia Radio about the life of Greek
Catholics in the Eastern Ukraine with father Ivan Tretyak,
administrator of parish of the Holiest God's Mother Pokrova in Vilcha
town in Kharkiv region.
Periodical «Piznay pravdu» (photo 91) celebrated
anniversary, published under the blessing of rectorate of Lviv
theological seminary of Holy Spirit. During ten years the authors of
the editions shared their knowledge and spiritual experience with
readers. The magazine is circulated in various parts of Ukraine,
Accompanying the students of the Seminary, it visited Ukrainian
Diaspora, in particular, in Italy, SILA, Canada, and Russia. Hundreds
of future priests had the possibility to express their opinions in the
magazine. Significant part of publiations in «Piznay
pravdu» is dedicated to philosophical and theological themes.
Since year 2006 is announced by Christian Churches as year of child's
spiritual world protection, jubilee edition of periodical is dedicated
to this idea. The editor of «Piznay pravdu» Andriy
Soletskyy told about the magazine.
year we witnessed the wave of protests among Muslims regarding 12
caricatures for prophet Mohamed. These caricatures were published as
far back as in September last year in Denmark, while in February they
were reprinted by a number of European editions. It resulted in the
emotional outbreak with mass consequences and victims. In fact,
diplomatic, informational and economic war started. Famous Ukrainian
art critic and professor Dmytro Vlasovych Stepovyk commented the
situation in the air of Voskresinnia Radio.
Doctor of Philosophy Anatoliy Kolodnyy (photo 92) tells about priority
trends of activity of the Department of Religion Studies of the
Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
On March 7, this year, Yaroslav Isayevych, Director of Ivan
Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, doctor of historical
science, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine,
celebrated the 70th anniversary of his birth.Yaroslav Isayevych is the
author of eight monographs. In over 600 articles and review dedicated
to several aspects of historical and cultural heritage of Ukraine and
Central and Eastern Europe he is the author. The scholar researched the
history of the Galician-Volyn state, life and activity ofYuriy
Drohobych, history of Ukrainian brotherhoods of the XVIth-XVIIth
centuries, sources and development of Ukrainian book publishing. He is
the co-editor of a substantial catalogue of Ukrainian old editions.
Ukrainian-Polish relations are in the focus of the scholar's interests.
These researches are integrally intertwined with Christianity and
religious surveys which became the topic of the interview with Yaroslav
Isayevych. Since 1958 he has been working at Lviv Institute of
Ukrainian Studies, and for the last 17 years - at the position of the
Nazariy Zatorskyy (photo 93), told about spiritual aspects of the
problems which Ukraine faces while moving towards the European Union.
On August 18-20, 2006 the IVth World Forum of Ukrainians took place in
Kyiv, and according to mass media data, over 3 thousand delegates
participated in it.Areligious aspect of the forum's work through the
prism of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church is provided in the topical
program of father Ihor Yatsiv (photo 94).
five years have passed since the time when Ukraine was visited by the
Ecumenical Patriarch John Paul II. The present visit started with the
Holy Father's kiss of the Ukrainian land, which, having stood decades
of red outrage, finally witness this blessed epoch.
There was a narration about this visit in the program ofVoskresinnia
Radio, in particular, it was told how John Paul II was presented a
rosary, made of prison bread which has stood horrible years of GULAG.
Coordinator of the visit of Roman Pope to Ukraine, celibate priest of
the Order of Saint Basil the Great Teodoziy Yankiv (photo 95), also
shared his reminiscences.
The Prophet's caricatures, release of films and publication of books
entitled «Da Vinchi Code», «Gospel of
etc. - these are the works which hurt religion feelings of religions
people all over the world. That is why in different regions their
appearance was treated in different ways, partially, in quite an
aggressive way. Repre-sentatives of religious denominations of Ukraine
also could not but react to such situation. A declaration was made in
the program of Voskresinnia Radio on this occasion from the
All-Ukrainian Council of Churches, there also was a comment of the Head
of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church the Holiest Lyubomyr Cardinal
Huzar and narration about the session of the above-mentioned joint body
at which the Declaration was passed.
The cycle of programs on the topic «Abortions. Causes.
Consequences » dwelt upon the notion of abortion and the
of the Church to this phenomenon. Senior research fellow of the
Institute of Family and Marital Life affiliated with the Ukrainian
Catholic University Petro Husak (photo 96), director of the Institute
of Family and Marital Life affiliated with the Ukrainian Catholic
University Yuriy Pidlisnyy participated in the programs, there were
also some fragments of the story about the Serbian doctor Stoyan
Programs for youth
Within the framework of the action «Christmas
over two thousand young people from Eastern Ukraine came to Lviv. They
lived with Lviv families, got acquainted with old Ukrainian Christmas
traditions which have been preserved in the West of Ukraine, they went
along decorated streets of the old city, listened to Christmas carols
and learnt to sing them themselves.
A large interesting program of Christmas holidays was prepared was the
guests: spending the Christmas Eve in the family, making excursions
around Lviv, visiting Lviv theatres, watching competition of verteps,
attending students meetings, Christmas entertainments, photo
exhibitions, having trips to Krekhiv and Univ. A lot of pleasant
surprises were prepared. There was a gift for each participant of the
action - a small rucksack in which there was, in particular, a book of
carols published specifically for the action «Christmas
». Along with carols there were texts of Christmas liturgies,
lesson of Ivan Zlatoust for the holiday of Christmas, history and
mystery of Christmas.
Participants and organizations of the action shared their impressions
of these holidays.
The guests of the studio of Voskresinnia Radio Maryan Bodnar and head
of the Ukrainian Youth for Christ in Lviv Vasyl Urbanovych told about
the activity of the youth organization «Ukrainian Youth for
Christ», which goes as far back as to the 30ies of the
century. Today it has over 200 members in Lviv region. Its centers are
also available in many cities of Ukraine, the largest of them being in
Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyy, Yalta, Donetsk.
2008 in Sidney (Australia) theWorld Youth Day is going to take place.
The Organizational Committee is headed by George Pel. It also includes
representatives of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. In Australia up
to 500000 pilgrims are expected, which is twice as much as those who
came for the Olympiad. Organizers invite Ukrainian youth as well. The
airlines will have special charter flights, which are cheaper than the
usual ones. More detailed information on this pilgrimage was provided
in the program of Vo skerisnnia Radio by the archbishop of the
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church Petro Stasyuk (photo 97), eparch of
Catholic Ukrainians in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
Confessor father Andriy Kashchuk narrated about the activity of St.
Andrew's Youth Brotherhood which functions at the church of the same
name in Lviv in Varshavska St.
15 years in ether
Material extracts, presented in the report for year 2006 illustrate
themes and issues, that were raised on air of Voskresinnia Radio.
Listeners' comments and actual problems which were especially burning
to be highlighted in the context of Christ's lesson were one of the
main sources for topic pick up for programmes of Radio.
Quite a number of issues are at the stage of elaboration and shall be
available for public in future programmes. Among them are matters,
related to preservation and strengthening of families, Christian
education, immigration and problem of broken families, separate aspects
of Christian belief, issue of ecumenism, vocation to monk life and
ministerial duty; social tasks of the Church; radio versions of works
of modern Christian literature etc.
complete our report we would like to dwell upon our little jubilee.
year it is 15 years since first programme of Voskresinnia Radio was
broadcast by transmitter on Vysokyy Zamok in Lviv. The event took place
on October 27, 1991. And though our radio's programmes were on air
earlier, they were broadcast from abroad, namely by transmitters in
Monte-Carlo, while the programmes the programmes themselves were
recorded in studio SKTK in Brussels. The state monopoly for air was
broken for the first time in Ukraine, And though Voskresinnia Radio was
not a radio station in its full meaning, but the voice of the Church
legally sounded in the homeland for the first time. This exactly
programme was a starting point for Lviv edition office. Already in the
next, 1992 year, edition office started producing everyday programmes,
and quite soon the transmission range covered the whole territory of
Ukraine, which gained its independence. Voskresinnia Radio became a
unique phenomenon in Ukrainian air. And this uniqueness was thrice
highlighted by Divine Intent. You can judge by yourself.
Nongovernmental radio programme sounded for the first time on
all-governmental air. At the same time it was not produced in the
capital. And to crown everything, it was produced in Lviv! And what is
more, besides Lviv production, the programme was created in the studio,
which belonged to Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church! We thank God for
many years of surveillance, and we are grateful to our friends,
workers, authors and listeners.
We especially appreciate many years of support by workers of charity
organization «Kirshe in Not» and we pray for health
sponsors, because our work would not be realized without their generous