Ukrainian Greek Catholic leader, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, talks spirituality and politics

January 17, 2012

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Archbishop Sviatoslav (right) celebrates Nativity mass at the Church of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin in Lviv, Ukraine.

The Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine has survived turbulent times, including when it was driven underground during Soviet rule. Today, the Church makes its way in a free Ukraine. But that doesn’t mean it operates in a world free from politics.

Worldview talks to the Church’s new leader, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. Known as Patriarch to his flock, he's only 41 years old. Shevchuk's predecessor willingly retired to turn over leadership to him. Known in the Church as a charismatic leader, the Archbishop gives Worldview a mini-history of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and its place in Ukraine’s spiritual and political life.

During the original boradcast, it was eronneously stated that Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine. We regret the error.