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Dispatch From Odessa: Mystery of the Only Latin Catholic Church Open in Southern Ukraine Under Communism

(L) Father Tadeusz Hoppe holds cross in left hand, on his right-hand side Cardinal František Tomášek blesses the worshippers. (B-L) Ecumenical meeting in Father Tadeusz Hoppe’s apartment in Odessa. (R) Father Hoppe was the eyes and ears of the Vatican for the southern Soviet Union. Every Easter and Christmas he took a two-country trek, by train, plane, and taxi or bus to offer the Mass in Odessa and Kyiv, Ukraine and Chisinau, Moldova.

Parishioners recall a dedicated pastor; Today, bishop covers both Ukraine and Russia.