Vatican City, 2 April 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has:
- confirmed the erection of the archiepiscopal esarchate of Kharkiv, Ukraine by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of Kyiv-Halyc, with the consent of the Synod of the Greek Catholic Church, with territory from the current archiepiscopal esarchate of Donetsk-Kharkiv, Ukraine.
- gave his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of the Greek Catholic Church of Fr. Vasyl Tuchapets, O.S.B.M., as first bishop of the archiepiscopal eparchy of Kharkiv, Ukraine. The bishop-elect was born in Yavoriv, Ukraine in 1967 and was ordained a priest in 1997. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical theological faculty in Warsaw. He has served in pastoral roles in Zolochiv, Krekhiv and Zhovkva, and taught ascetics at the institute for formation of the Basilian Salvatorian Order in Zolochiv. He is currently superior of the monastery of St. Basil the Great in Kyiv, vicar and councillor of the province of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat in Ukraine.
- acknowledged the canonical election by the Synod of the Greek Catholic Church of Bishop Taras Senkiv, O.M., as bishop of the eparchy of Stryj of the Ukrainians, Ukraine, transferring him from the office of apostolic administrator.
- gave his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of the Greek Catholic Church of Fr. Bohdan Manyshyn as auxiliary of the eparchy of Stryj of the Ukrainians, Ukraine. The bishop-elect was born in Novyj Rozkil, Ukraine in 1972 and was ordained a priest in 2002. He holds a licentiate in pastoral theology from the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, and has served as military chaplain in Lviv and vicar in various parishes in the eparchy of Stryj of the Ukrainians. He is currently protosyncellus of the same eparchy.
- appointed Archbishop Franco Coppola, apostolic nuncio in the Central African Republic, as apostolic nuncio in Chad.