Head of UGCC would like to meet with Patriarch Kirill to relieve tension

1 April 2011, 13:20 | Interchurch relations | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Svyatoslav.jpgIn an interview to Left Bank, in response to the question whether he would like to meet with Patriarch Kirill and what he would say to him, the new head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav, said that the best way to communicate is to be open in a brotherly dialogue, be open to the purification of our memory, to ask for forgiveness and to forgive.

"I would like very much to visit him and hold a personal meeting with him. I am convinced that in peacefully and openly communicating with each other, we can relieve any tension.   

"Our church has voiced its readiness and openness for a dialogue ever since it emerged from the underground. I remember how Patriarch Ivan Lubachivskyi, who ordained me, after he moved to Ukraine, said: 'We forgive and ask for forgiveness.' It was a very deep call to reconciliation on his part. It was in the 1990s, at the time of the strongest confrontation, particularly in western Ukraine. There was the will for reconciliation on our part. Later, His Beatitude Lubomyr confirmed and repeated the same in the presence of Pope John Paul II who visited Ukraine.

"I think that today, we should heal the wounds rather than irritate and deepen them. One can heal the wounds of our memory only with mutual forgiveness. Therefore, as for any our brethren or neighbors who wounded us or were wounded by us, the best way to communicate is to be open in a brotherly dialogue, be open to the purification of our memory, to ask for forgiveness and to forgive," said Patriarch Sviatoslav.

 

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    • Ron Feledichuk | 27 January 2015, 17:02

      How is it possible for Ukrainians in Canada to still be under the jurisdiction of the non Christian patriarch kirill. Yes Canadians there are russian churches whose doctrine prays for the destruction

    • Paul S. Ewasko | 27 January 2015, 03:15

      Kirill the Communist!

    • mijswerdna | 26 January 2015, 21:55

      Father Sviatoslav, There will be a long and fancy procession to hell for patriarchs who do not follow scripture. Pray. More than you know, peace in in your hands.

    • Taras Antoshevskyy | 22 January 2015, 13:23

      А де брехня? Якщо сам священик у себе на сторінці подав, що це Луганськ і точна адреса вулиці. А можливо це автоматично вискочило під фото, де воно зроблене? Напевно він забавився у войнушкі (зовсім

    • Валерій | 21 January 2015, 13:33

      Наші патріоти не гребують нічим, щоб очернити Православну Церкву. Ця брехня - лише краплина в потоці бруду.

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