In a vote that has astounded the Christendom, Most Rev. Sviatoslav Shevchuk was elected to the senior most post for the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Unofficially, he is considered the “Patriarch” of the see of Kiev-Halych – the birth of Catholicism in the Russia. Though canonically not erected as a patriarchate many have considered this see and it’s Major Archbishop the “fifth” Patriarch of Catholic Christendom. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the largest Eastern Church in full union with the Holy See. The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church ended its forced clandestine existence in 1989 after a period of more than 40 years of persecution by the Soviet Authorities.
Why was this an astounding decision? His Beatitude is but 40 years old. Among all the bishops of the Ukrainian-Catholic rite, he is the third youngest bishop.
Between the years of 1999 and 2009 he served as prefect, vice rector and rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Lviv. In 2001 he was appointed vice-dean of the theological faculty of the Lviv Theological Academy (later the Ukrainian Catholic University). From 2002 to 2005 he was the chief of staff and personal secretary of His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar and the director of the Patriarchal Curia in Lviv. (Source: Ecumenism.net)
Whispers in the Loggia provided some amazing footage of his enthronement (Some days I think I was born into the wrong rite.)