CCCB President speaks at Synod of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishops

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


The world’s Ukrainian Greek Catholic Bishops are currently meeting in Synod this August in Kiev, Ukraine. The Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), was invited to address them. His talk was given on August 15, the day the Latin Church celebrates as the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the Eastern Churches traditionally refer to as the Dormition of the Mother of God. In his speech, Archbishop Smith spoke of the strong relationship between the Latin and Eastern Catholic Bishops in Canada, and of their joy with the 2012 visit by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the sui juris Ukrainian Catholic Church. During his visit to Canada, the Major Archbishop had addressed the 2012 Plenary Assembly of the CCCB. The 2013 Synod of Ukrainian Catholic Bishops is being held during celebrations marking the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of the people of Kyivan Rus’.

Link to Archbishop Smith’s address (PDF)