2017-05-31 21:48:00

Former head of Ukrainian Greek Catholics dies

Kiev, May 31, Interfax - A former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Cardinal Lubomyr Gusar, has died, Ukrainian media reported.

"The 2005-2011 head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Lubomyr Gusar, has died aged 84," the Ukrainskaya Pravda publication reported on its website on Wednesday evening, citing sources in the Church.

The Ukrainian 1+1 channel reported the same information, citing a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church spokesperson.

The major archbishop emeritus Lubomyr (Lubomyr Gusar, born in Lviv on February 26, 1933 - died May 31, 2017) was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop and a Catholic Church cardinal; from January 28, 2001 - Major Archbishop of Lvov; from August 25, 2005 to February 10, 2011 - Major Archbishop of Kiev-Galicia and leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (quit the latter position after Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation due to health issues).

Lubomyr Gusar was consistently rated as one of Ukraine's 100 most influential people.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the Eastern branch of the Roman Catholic Church, operates in Ukraine (mainly in the western regions except Transcarpathia) and countries with Ukrainian diaspora.