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Sister Bisirat’s letter

Read the full exchange here.

Here follows Sister Bisirat Misgina’s moving letter e-mailed (more…)

From the East, he taught the West. Time to learn the lesson?

The message, delivered now 37 years ago, is still as fresh as a daisy, even if not always sweet, or its prospects altogether pretty.

Click here to read the text of Alexander Solzhenitysn’s Address to graduates at Harvard University, June 1978.

Get out your pen & copy-book, and take note.

Thanks to you, she can help them now: for example, to learn to help themselves.

Education is a valuable thing. One of those facts which one can begin to appreciate especially in its absence, and the desperate circumstances that follow.

Sr Bisirat Misgina, a Sister of the Daughters of Charity of St. V.incent de Paul in Ethiopia, can now help the youths for whom she cares. Thanks to your (more…)

Universality, romanity and Giulio Andreotti: the passing of a bona fide Roman

It is with sadness that we mark the passing surely of one of the most renowned Romans of our times. (more…)

‘old & improved’ Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Josyf (Slipyj), Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus’

In order more faithfully to convey the meaning His Beatitude gave to his testament when citing from sacred Scripture, we hereby republish Spiritual Testament, this time (more…)

Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Josyf (Slipyj), Patriarch of Kyiv–Halych and All Rus’

Republished herewith for the first time online in English, on the feast of St. Elias the Great Prophet, in humble commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of a great prophet of the 20th century, Patriarch Josyf (Slipyj) [b. 17. ii. 1892 – d. 7. ix. 1984], is His Beatitude’s Spiritual Testament.

Click on this link: Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude Josyf (Slipyj), Patriarch of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus’.

Except as noted (below) the text of the Spiritual Testament which appears here is the same as that printed in 1984 by the St. Sophia Religious Association of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada, being a translation of Rev. Fr. Myroslaw Tataryn, under the title Spiritual Testament of His Beatitude, Patriarch Josyf of Kyiv–Halych and All Rus’.

Except for slight modifications of formatting and several obvious typographical or other minor grammatical errors which have been corrected, the text here published remains the same as the above-noted 1984 printed edition (ISBN 0-9691657-1-4).

In order more faithfully to convey the meaning His Beatitude gave to his testament when citing from Sacred Scripture, a planned re-publication online will substitute the scriptural phrases & passages quoted in the 1984, printed English edition (which used The New American Bible, St. Joseph’s Edition) with the corresponding phrases & passages of the Douay Rheims Catholic Bible found online here.

[Editor’s note: the Testament containing the scriptural texts taken from the Douay Rheims edition in English appears embedded in this blog post — and finally in this .pdf document. April 23, 2013]

Sincere thanks to the following graduate & undergraduate students of La Salle University or/and Thomas More College of Liberal Arts for their generous contributions of transcribing and proof-reading of the Testament.

Yurko Didula
Augustine Kamprath
Antoine Buffin de Chosal
Mary Grace Lloyd

English translations of ‘secret’ faculties given to Archbishop Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky by Pope Pius X

The following translations of Pope Pius X’s provide documented recognition of Archbishop Andrey Sheptytsky’s universal patriarchal jurisdiction in the Catholic Church of Kievan-Rus (commonly called the Ukrainian Catholic Church). (more…)