Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Blessed Pope John Paul II

Sunday, January 15, 2012

This Video Clip is entitled "Pope John Paul II celebrates Ukrainian Divine Liturgy, St. Peter's Basilica 1996" but this one has a huge amount of Discrepancies and all of this have been Clarified by our Resident Priest and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Historian Rev. Fr. Athanasius McVay of the Blog Annales Ecclesiae Ucrainae, Here are the following Information correcting the Events and even the Personalities involved here.

1. This Video taken in 1996 was celebrated in 1988. It was in 1000th Anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus and not the 400th year Celebration of the Union of Brest
2. By the Year 1996, the current Major Archbishop at that time His Beatitude Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky was incapacitated to perform the mos intrinsic rubrics of the Church ceremony in Lviv and at that time Vatican had appointed Lubomyr Husar as the Apostolic Administrator, becoming Major Archbishop at the time of Cardinal Lubachivsky death in 2000
3. The Bearded Deacon, namely Vasyl Medvit, was already Ordained to the Episcopate in 1994, 2 years before 1996. He is currently the Auxiliary Exarch of the Major Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Donetsk.


One of the very few to be exact Documentaries that a Pope celebrated a Eastern Rite Liturgy namely this one, including also His Holiness Blessed Pope John XXIII celebrating a Eastern Rite Liturgy even using his Tiara as a Mitre. It is also been said that the Mother of the late Pontiff is a Ukrainian Greek Catholic though we cannot confirmed such from our Eastern Catholic friends. Here is a quotation of His Holiness Blessed Pope John Paul Papal Encyclical to Eastern Catholics Orientale Lumen And one of the easiest acquired reference for Latin Rite Roman Catholics who want to learned the Eastern Faith from a Pope who also came from the East in a way

Our Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters are very conscious of being the living bearers of this tradition, together with our Orthodox brothers and sisters. The members of the Catholic Church of the Latin tradition must also be fully acquainted with this treasure and thus feel, with the Pope, a passionate longing that the full manifestation of the Church's catholicity be restored to the Church and to the world, expressed not by a single tradition, and still less by one community in opposition to the other; and that we too may be granted a full taste of the divinely revealed and undivided heritage of the universal Church which is preserved and grows in the life of the Churches of the East as in those of the West." - BLESSED POPE JOHN PAUL II


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