In 2015, the Pope John Paul II Youth Pastoral Center was first established in Sarajevo, the capital of the state of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is open to all young people, without distinction as to faith or ethnic origin. It was formally blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II, for whom young people were especially important and who introduced many lasting initiatives for the young, most notably the World Youth Days.
Thanks in large degree to the heroic efforts of Saint John Paul II, the Berlin Wall came down and Communism no longer rules Eastern Europe. Yet, even today many Churches in the former Soviet territory need our vital pastoral and humanitarian support.
This ongoing need is mostly in Ukraine (home today to almost 5 million Ukrainian Greek-Catholics), where the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church was outlawed and virtually eradicated by Communist authorities, along with the Catholic Churches of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.
Thank you for your support in helping this region keep the faith alive.
The Greek-Catholic Diocese of Oradea continues to rejoice at the high number of new priestly vocations. One of the most important factors contributing to this is the intensive family apostolate of the diocese, as it is families who play an active part in Church life and who truly live their faith that provide the most fertile soil for future priestly and religious vocations.
Ever since 1993, ACN has been supporting the Catholic radio station “Mazoji Studija,” or “Little Studio,” in Vilnius, Lithuania. Although it is little, it is an important and precious instrument of evangelization in the country, and very dear to the Lithuanian bishops’ hearts. Its work is of great importance to the Church in Lithuania.
Three quarters of the population of the eparchy (or diocese) of Ivano-Frankivsk in Western Ukraine are members of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. This Church is in communion with Rome but celebrates the Liturgy in the Byzantine rite. That makes this diocese the largest community of this particular rite in Ukraine, in terms of the number of faithful.