For a year now it has been possible to receive the Catholic TV station EWTN in Ukraine as well. The Ukranian version of the "Eternal World Television Network", which was founded in the USA in 1981 by the Fransciscan Clarissine Mother Angelica, is now available via cable to viewers in the west Ukrainian cities of Lviv and Khmelnytskyi, in the capital Kiev and in Zaporizzhia in the south-east of the country. This has been made possible among other things by a start-up assistance from the international Catholic pastoral charity "Aid to the Church in Need".
(Presentation of the programme of the Catholic Television Network (EWTN)in Ukraine © Aid to the Church in Need)
The support is being granted for the first three years up to and including 2014. Then EWTN Ukraine will guarantee the funding of the broadcasting station, which it is intended to expand steadily. "We are working on spreading to other cities and via satellite, which will mean that viewers who don't have a cable connection will be able to receive us, for instance in the countryside," Father Pavlo Vyshkovskyy, Head of EWTN Ukraine and the Catholic Media Center in Kiev, wrote in a letter to "Aid to the Church in Need". Pavlo Vyshkovskyy belongs to the order of Oblates of Mary Immaculate, on whose initiative EWTN was established.
The Archbishop of Kiev-Zhytomyr, Petro Malchuk, has supported the project from the start. In May 2012 Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, visited EWTN Ukraine. The TV station began in 2011 with a daily three-hour programme. American contributions were translated into Ukrainan and broadcast. Now EWTN Ukraine is on air for up to 24 hours – online and via livestream on the internet: www.ewtn.org.ua – programmes from the main network which have been translated into the national language or are provided with commentary, live recordings and its own contributions.
"Aid to the Church in Need" supports EWTN Ukraine to the tune of $30,000. Anyone wishing to help fund the project should give as the purpose of their donation: Ukraine / Kiev-Zhytomyr, 11/0540.
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