Congratulations to all our ukrainian brothers!
I'm pretty sure I "broke the news"
in the Portuguese speaking world. At least that's what Google tells me...
I spoke to Fr. Ivan Hudz, one of the ukrainian priests in Portugal. He has been chosen to be one of the three priests who personally get to great the Major-archbishop at the end of the ceremony on Sunday. He will be accompanied by one from America and another from Ukraine, he was off to the airport and quite excited when I reached him.
He told me he too was surprised, but confident that this was the choice of the Holy Spirit.
I asked if this might be a way for the church to move ahead, and out of a frame of mind still heavily marked by the soviet persecution and ecumenical hostility, and he said he agreed.
We shall see!