Head of the Catholic Church in Ukraine says "I urge all of you not to be silent, not to stand aside, not to be participants in the crime" and Asks Everyone to Pray and Fast to Expel from Ukraine the Evil Spirit of War
Head of the UGCC on the 19th day of the war: "I encourage everyone to pray and fast to expel the evil spirit of war and all its bearers from Ukraine"
Monday, March 14, 2022, 11:39 am
Let us fast and pray for an end to the war in Ukraine, for an end to the bloodshed, each in his own way, who knows how, in Ukraine or in the settlements. His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, called for this on the 19th day of the war in his daily address.
Today is March 14, 2022, and Ukraine is experiencing the 19th day of the bloody war. That night, the cities and villages of Ukraine were on fire again. Our city of Kyiv was wounded again, Russian bombs and rockets fell on the heads of peaceful Ukrainians who were trying to rest at night.
"But Ukraine stands. Ukraine is struggling. Ukraine argues that the power of the spirit can be stronger than the power of another's aggressive weapons. The Ukrainian people are asserting their right to exist, to freedom, the right to be themselves, "the Primate said.
The head of the Church thanked all those who in different parts of Europe and the world, in particular during the last weekend, took to the squares and streets of their cities in their countries to demonstrate a sharp "no!" Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
"In such circumstances, there can be no neutral position. Because he who is silent, who does not condemn this war, becomes an accomplice in the crime, the aggression of killing peaceful people of Ukraine, - said His Beatitude Sviatoslav and adds: - So thank you to all those who together with Ukraine are fighting for the right to peaceful existence ».
The head of the Church thanked the Holy Father Francis, who yesterday again stood up for the protection of the martyr cities of Ukraine, in particular Mariupol, where more than a hundred people died this night and the day before.
He also thanked all the leaders for finding a peaceful solution to the war in Ukraine. At the same time, he noted that the time for declarations and approval of principles and certain principles has already passed. We need to find mechanisms to stop this war.
"I urge all of you not to be silent, not to stand aside, not to be participants in the crime," the head of the Church stressed.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav recalled that Ukraine is experiencing a time of Lent, so he called on everyone to pray and fast to expel from Ukraine the evil spirit of war and all those who are its bearers.