Ukrainian Greek Catholic Head Leads Pilgrimage of Faithful in Argentina
On August 26-28, 2011, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), made his second pastoral visit to Argentina, namely, to the capital of Misiones Province, Posadas.
On August 26, in the Church of St. Volodymyr, the hierarch led a liturgy, after which the new Catechism of the UGCC “Christ is our Easter” was presented. The new Catechism was presented by Patriarch Sviatoslav and the Head of the Patriarchal Catechetical Committee, Bishop Petro (Stasiuk).
On the head of the UGCC led a liturgy in one of the most important pilgrimage centers dedicated to the Holy Virgin in Argentina, the Basilica of the Holy Virgin of the town of Itati (Corrientes Province). Numerous believers from all over the country come to the annual Ukrainian pilgrimage.
Before the beginning of the hierarchical liturgy, the anthems of Argentina and Ukraine were played and a ballet group of the Ukrainian parish of St. Peter and Paul of the town of Alem (Province Misiones) held a performance. Patriarch Sviatoslav introduced to the Ukrainian faithful the newly appointed Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Daniel (Kozlinskyi).
The Ukrainian pilgrimage to Itati was instituted by Bishop Emeritus Mykhail Mykytsei in 1973 and is held annually on August 28, the Information Department of UGCC reported.