Head of the Catholic Church in Ukraine says ""The blood of innocent children is in the hands of the criminals who started this war" and Thanks the Pope for Planned Consecration of Russia
Head of the Ukraine Catholic Church gave his daily video message (see below). However, he also commented, in a note, on Pope Francis' decision to Consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25th.
"The Ukrainian people have been waiting for this spiritual event for a long time" - Head of the UGCC on the dedication of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
"In the midst of the bloody war in Ukraine, we received this news from the Holy See with great hope," His Beatitude Sviatoslav commented in a note from his Secretariat in Rome to the Vatican.
"The Ukrainian people have long been waiting for this spiritual event. Since the beginning of the Russian aggression in 2014, Ukrainian Catholics have asked to carry out this act as a necessary condition to prevent the outbreak of war and all the dangers coming from Russia. " The head of the UGCC also said that during meetings with the Holy Father he conveyed to him this request of the Christians of Ukraine. "With the beginning of a full-scale war, our faithful from around the world have asked to fulfill the words of the Blessed Virgin in Fatima," said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.
We are grateful to the Holy Father for responding in the first place to Mary's call at the proclamation of Fatima on July 13, 1917, and to her children's request to defend Ukraine and stop "the mistakes of Russia, which promotes war and persecution of the Church." Today we are witnessing the fulfillment of the words of the Mother of God, who said: "The righteous will be persecuted, the Holy Father will suffer, many nations will be destroyed."
"We entrust to the Immaculate Heart of Mary all our sufferings and hopes for peace in our long-suffering country," the Head of the UGCC added.
Last night, the wife of our priest in Slavutych in a cold maternity hospital, by candlelight, without light, gave birth to a Cossack for Ukraine. And this priestly marriage is a symbol of our Church, which gives hope and gives life to its people. His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said this in his daily military address on the 21st day of Russia's war against Ukraine.
The Primate congratulated Father Yuri Logaz, who is completely surrounded in Slavutych, and assured that "he is in our prayers."
The head of the Church noted that we are entering the fourth week of this great tragedy of our people and our state, but it is felt that Ukraine is beginning to win. "The Ukrainian army not only stopped the enemy, but also began to counterattack. We are already beginning to liberate our cities and villages, we are beginning to liberate our Ukrainian land, "said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.
At the same time, according to him, they are talking about a very dangerous moment of this war. - The enemy begins the tactics of total war, thoughtlessly destroys our cities and villages, bombs everything he can, - said the Primate and stressed: - But Ukraine is fighting! Ukraine believes in its victory! ”
His Beatitude Sviatoslav noted that contemplating the children of Ukraine suffering from war, the human heart can not help but shrink from pain and pity. According to UNICEF, every second one child in Ukraine becomes a refugee. About a hundred children were killed in the bombings, according to official figures. Even more were injured. "The blood of innocent children is in the hands of the criminals who started this war," the head of the Church said.
"That is why we are praying for the children of Ukraine today. We are fighting for their future. We are fighting for peace and a peaceful sky just for them, ”he said.