Cathedral To Be Returned To Armenian Community in Lviv
Archbishop Gregory believes that the transfer of the Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God is the most important issue for the Armenian community today. The depository of the National Museum, with a unique collection of 10 thousand items of Ukrainian art, has occupied the church building since the end of World War Two. The chapel of the cathedral building was returned to the community in the 1990s and services are now held there. According to Vasyl Bilous, head of the Department on Religious Matters, over the last few years about 5 thousand art items have been transferred to new depository buildings. Another depository is currently under reconstruction, and so the rest of the cathedral building should be returned by the middle of 2003.