Velychkovsky is the second person in Western Canada to reach the ranks of the "beati." He shares the honour with Bishop Nicetas Budka, eparch
of Canada's Ukrainians from 1912 to 1927, who was martyred in a Soviet labour camp in 1946 or 1947.
John Pazak, CSSR (Redemptorists), 54, was made Eparch
(bishop) for Slovak-rite Catholics in Toronto, a position that had been vacant since the retirement in 1996 of Eparch
Michael Rusnak, CSsR.
"We are profoundly afflicted by the fact that the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea has been going on for weeks, causing suffering to millions of people," a brief but substantial document stated, signed by Orthodox Patriarch Filipos, Mufti Alamin Usman, Catholic Eparch
Zekarias Yohannes of Asmara, and Evangelical leader Reverend Ogbarebi Hibties.
To show their monastic solidarity, Trappist monks, former members of the monastery, came from Oka, Quebec, to participate in the official opening and blessing of the Monastery on September 18, 1999, by Bishop Cornelius Pasichny, OSBM, Eparch
Such a new affirmation had been requested by three bishops (Roman Danylak of Toronto, Colin Campbell of Antigonish N.S., and Basil Filevich, Eparch
emeritus of Saskatoon, SK) because of the misuse made of this statement--especially clause 26--by theologians, diocesan and national spokesmen, authors of religious education texts, directors of marriage courses, writers of catechisms and originators of official documents, including the Ethics Guide issued by the Catholic Health Association of Canada.
Those latter include Bishop Danylak, who rejected the curriculum in his policy statement, and Bishop Basil Filevich, retired eparch
of Saskatoon, as well as the religious education committee of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Of the few bishops who had been informed before publication, Bishops Colin Campbell of Antigonish and Basil Filevich, retired Eparch
of Saskatoon, immediately thought it a good idea to revisit Humanae vitae.
The following fax arrived from Bishop Basil Filevich, Eparch
Emeritus of Saskatoon: