UGCC Parish officially established in Valencia
This was reported on the Facebook page of the Pastoral-Migration Department of the UGCC.
It is noted that the agreement was signed by: Vicar for Eastern Catholics Andrés Martínez Esteban (Madrid), vicar general Vicente Fontestad Pastor (Valencia), documented and present at the signing – Chancellor José Francisco Castelló Colomer (Valencia).
A member of the Valencia Community, Andriy Yakubov, told in detail about this to "Dilo" newspaper:
"Integration into the regional church structure on equal terms with other Spanish parishes. As another local Catholic parish, but aimed at satisfying the spiritual rights of Ukrainians. The division into Roman/ Greek is typical for our area, not for this place. For example, the new status will allow weddings to be held in Ukrainian and in the Eastern rite, but with the issuance of a Spanish document (in Spain, canonical marriage is valid before the state without the need for newlyweds to go to the registry office). Prior to that, two priests serving the community had the status of chaplains with not very clear subordination to a number of church hierarchs of Spain and Ukraine, depending on the essence of a particular issue,” commented Andriy.