Moscow, February 27, Interfax - Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree to decorate the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Cardinal Lyubomyr Husar with the order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise (the 3rd class).
He is 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,” official site of the Ukrainian president has reported.
Ushchenko also banned to place entertaining and gambling sites near religious buildings, especially near the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral and instructed to allot a land plot for building an Armenian Apostolic cathedral.
Husar was born in 1933 in Lvov. His family fled to Austria in 1944 and five years after emigrated to the USA. He studied in the theological seminary, in Washington Catholic University and Fordham University of New York. He was ordained a priest in 1948 in Stamford.
He was consecrated a bishop in April 1977. He established a Studite monastery in Ternopol in 1994 and the same year was elected an exarch of the newly found Exarchate of Kiev and Vyshhorod. He became a head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in December 2000.
His residence was moved from Lvov to Kiev in August 21, 2005 to strong objections of the Orthodox Church.
Husar is considered a successor of the union “patriarch” Josyf Slipyj, who was a spiritual leader of the SS-Galichina division and the Wehrmacht Nachtigal battalion.