Vatican City, 13 February 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- confirmed the erection of the archiepiscopal esarchate of Krym of the Ukrainians, Ukraine by the Synod of the Greek Catholic Church, with territory from the current archiepiscopal esarchate of Odessa-Krym;
- confirmed the transfer of Bishop Vasyl Ivasyuk from the office of archiepiscopal esarch of Odessa-Krym to the eparchy of Kolomyia-Chernivtsi of the Ukrainians.
- given his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of the Greek Catholic Church of Pr. Mykhaylo Bubniy, C.SS.R., as first bishop of the archiepiscopal eparchy of Krym, Ukraine. The bishop-elect was born in Khlivchany, Ukraine in 1970, took his religious vows in 1996 and was ordained a priest in 1977. He holds a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He has served in pastoral roles in Novoiavorivsk, Kokhavino and Lviv, and is currently superior of the Community of Redemptorist Fathers in Ivano-Frankivsk and priest in the parish of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” in the same city.