Friday, October 22, 2004

Eastern churches
Pope shows more goodwill to Orthodox
He will return to Istanbul the bones of two church fathers among the three founding fathers of Eastern Orthodox theology, SS. John Chrysostom and Gregory Nazianzen, stolen by Venetians from Constantinople in 1204. (The third is St Basil the Great, whose prayers in the Byzantine Rite office - here is one example - are among my favourites.)

The Greek Catholic Eparchy of Mukačevo
The lone Ruthenian diocese in the Ukraine (in the far southwestern corner) because it was part of Slovakia before World War II (Stalin annexed this area, along with Galicia/the Polish Ukraine to the north of this, to the USSR). Here is their new website.

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