VATICAN –  (RISU.ORG.UA) - On March 17, 2010, the Vatican reported that Pope Benedict XVI appointed the titular Bishop of Bononia and Apostolic Administrator ad nutum Sanctae Sedis of the Mukachevo Greek Catholic Eparchy, Milan Shashik, the eparch of the eparchy, reports Radio Vatican.

Bishop Milan has headed the Mukachevo Greek Catholic Eparchy as the Apostolic Administrator since November 12, 2002. He was born on September 17, 1952, in Slovakia. After graduating from school he joined the Association of Missionaries, studied philosophy and theology in the Bratislava Seminary, and in 1976 was ordained a priest. He completed the Licentiate program in theology in Rome, after which he worked in the Apostolic Nunciature in Kyiv for six years. In 2003 he was consecrated as a bishop by Pope John Paul II.


O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)