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 His Eminence Liubomyr Huzar died aged 84

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Cardinal, leader of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church died on May 31.

As reported by Censor.NET citing TSN, this was announced by sources close to the church in the evening on May 31.

No more details have been given so far. The funeral time and date will be announced later, the official website of UGCC says.

Huzar was 84. According to Wikipedia, he was the major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. After the transfer of the see of Lviv to Kyiv in 2005, he was the Ukrainian Catholic Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Galicia. In February 2011 he became Major Archeparch Emeritus after he resigned due to ill health.

Born in Lviv, Huzar fled with his parents in 1944 during World War II. They briefly lived in Salzburg, Austria, then emigrated to the United States in 1949.

From 1950 to 1954 he studied at St. Basil College Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut. He studied at The Catholic University of America and Fordham University in the United States, and was ordained a priest on March 30, 1958 for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford.

From 1958 to 1969, he taught at St. Basil College Seminary and was pastor at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kerhonkson, New York between 1966 and 1969. In 1969, Huzar went to Rome, where he spent three years earning a doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Urbaniana University. He then entered the Monastery of the Studites in Castel Gandolfo in Italy, and was named its Superior in 1974.

He was consecrated a bishop in 1976 in the Castel Gandolfo chapel by Major Archbishop Josyf Slipyj without papal permission (apostolic mandate) in an act which caused many irritations in the Roman Curia, as Roman canon law required papal permission for the consecration of a bishop, but at that time Eastern canon law did not. He was named Archimandrite (Archabbot) of the Studite Monks in Europe and America in 1978. He organized a new Studite monastery in Ternopil, Ukraine, in 1994, and was elected by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Church as exarch of the archiepiscopal exarchy of Kyiv and Vyshhorod in 1995, confirmed by the Pope the following year. Although once a citizen of the United States, Huzar gave up his American citizenship upon returning to his native Ukraine.

In December 2000, Pope John Paul II named Huzar apostolic administrator of the Ukrainian Greek Major-Archeparchy of Lviv, and in January 2001 the Ukrainian Greek synod elected him Major Archbishop. On Feb. 21 of that year Pope John Paul II created and proclaimed Huzar Cardinal-Priest of Santa Sofia a Via Boccea. Cardinal Huzar was one of the three Eastern Catholics to participate in the papal conclave, 2005. At that papal conclave, he was one of the cardinals considered papabile, something unusual for an Eastern Catholic. Also at that conclave, Cardinal Huzar was the first Major-Archbishop from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ever to participate in a papal conclave as cardinal-elector.

The major archiepiscopal see of Lviv was moved on Aug. 21, 2005, to the city of Kyiv. He is acclaimed by his followers as Patriarch of Kyiv-Galicia, a title not recognized by the Holy See.

In February 2008, a celebratory liturgy was held in the Basilica of Santa Sophia in Rome on the occasion of the 75th birthday and 50th anniversary of priesthood of Cardinal Huzar. The Head of the UGCC was greeted by Pope Benedict XVI.

In 2008 then President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree to decorate Cardinal Huzar with the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (the 3rd class). He was honored with the highest state award "for his outstanding personal contribution in spiritual revival of the Ukrainian nation, longstanding church work, and to mark his 75th birthday".

With failing eyesight forcing him to perform the church's intricate liturgical rites from memory, his early resignation was accepted on Feb. 10 2011, although normally the major archbishop serves for life. The new Major Archbishop, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, was selected on March 23 and confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI on March 25, 2011.

Huzar died on May 31, 2017 at the age of 84.
 
 
 
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