Saint of the Day -ST. JOSAPHAT KUNCEWICZ, BISHOP AND MARTYR

Born in a time of disunity John Kuntsevych’s (1580-1623) early life echoed the larger controversies that agitated the Church of his land, and indeed, the Church as a whole ever since the Great Schism separated Orthodox and Catholic Christians in the year 1054. Attempts at union between the Eastern and Western Churches had been tried and failed. By the time John was born in western Ukraine to Orthodox parents, many Orthodox Christians harbored great animosity toward the Church of Rome. In 1596, however, a small glimmer of hope arose for…

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