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Vitalii Kryvytskyi

Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, Ordinary of Kyiv-Zhytomyr

Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine

The Catholic Church of the Latin Rite has been officially present in the territory of modern Ukraine since the X century, that is, since the times of Kievan Rus. The bishops were already present here at that time.

The first episcopal see was located precisely in Kyiv (in the ХІ/ХІV centuries). The Metropolitanate of Halych was established in 1375 (in the XV century the episcopal cathedra from Halych was transferred to Lviv). Subsequently, the dioceses of Lutsk, Kamianets-Podilskyi and Zhytomyr were established.

The Soviet authorities completely eliminated the Roman Catholic institutions in Ukraine. Small groups of Catholics, some enclaves survived the period of atheism.

On January 16, 1991, Pope John Paul II restored the structures of the Catholic Church in Ukraine, and on February 8, 1992, diplomatic relations were established between the Holy See and Ukraine.

Today, there are 7 dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine: the Diocese of Kyiv-Zhytomyr, the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lviv, the Diocese of Lutsk, the Diocese of Mukachevo, the Diocese of Kamianets-Podilsky, the Diocese of Kharkiv-Zaporizhzhia and the Diocese of Odesa-Simferopol. There are 20 bishops in Ukraine, 15 of which are active and 5 retired.

The Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine has about 1000 parishes and missions, more than 200 monasteries, 5 Higher Theological Seminaries, 3 Institutes of Theological Sciences, 4 general education schools and a number of charitable organizations.


Address: 7 Kostyolna st., Kyiv, Ukraine 01001 (Cathedral of St. Alexander)

Phones: +38 044 278 7519, +38 096 175 7603