The history of the UGCC is a history of courageous endurance and heroic resistance, - President of Ukraine

9 March 2016, 10:37 | Church-state relations | 1 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

48011.jpg-rrr.jpgPresident of Ukraine Patro Poroshenko issued a special statement on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Lviv pseudo-synod - the event that liquidated the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

"Contrary to the will of the clergy and the faithful, its suppression was announced at the "Lviv Sobor" of 1946. Ancient churches were taken, bishops imprisoned and sent into exile, believers were forced to abandon the ecclesial tradition of their ancestors. The totalitarian empire could not accept the existence of a spiritual community that, for centuries, has shaped and maintained a Ukrainian national identity and, simultaneously, opened contacts for Ukraine with the world", reads the statement.

The President Poroshenko believes that the Church's spirituality strengthened the nation, it helped it in the twentieth century assert it right to statehood and lead a heroic liberation struggle that did not stop until independence had been achieved.

He emphasized the role of the Church leaders such as Andrey Sheptytsky Joseph Slipyi. "Forbidden, the UGCC functioned underground, brought a new generation of authentic Christians and Ukrainian patriots. The History of the Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church in the second half of the Twentieth century is a history of courageous endurance and heroic resistance, indestructibility of spirit and unwavering faith in the triumph of good over evil", wrote Poroshenko.

In his opinion the example of the UGCC s important today, when our nation bravely defends their homeland from the foreign aggressor that brings enslavement under the slogan "Russian World".

"Today, as always, it is with great honour that we bow our heads before the memory of the martyrs and confessors. We express gratitude to all who resisted and continue to nurture our citizens in the spirit of Liberty, to those who stand on the side of divine Truth and human dignity, examples, models and sources of inspiration, which are so necessary for building a new future of Ukraine, so that it can take its place in the family of free European nations".

RISU is grateful to Rev Athanasius McVay for the translation

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  • Hristina Voloshin | 11 March 2016, 00:42
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    "вiруючих змушували вiдмовитися вiд церковноi традицii iхнiх батькiв".З болем в серцi згадую випадок,коли в 1947 я,будучи пiдлiтком в Церквi приймала Святе Причастя стоячи на колiнах, священник не став мене причащати,а шепотом сказав:"Дитино встань,бо я пiдписав (НЕ ПРИЙНЯВ) а саме пiдписав православ"я i я не маю права причащати тебе на колiнах iначе закриють церкву i куди ти будеш ходити до сповiдi?"А в той час уже було богато церков закритих.На превеликий жаль моя люба церква так i залишилася православним для рахунку.Коли я майже 20 рокiв тому запитала свою однокласницю до якоi вона церкви ходить,вона вiдповiла,що до Украиiнськоi Киiвського Патрiархату,а на питання , за кого моляться на Службi Божiй,вiдповiла, що за Блаженнiйшого Володимира (Саботана) категорично заперечуючи,що це Московський патрiархат.Саме таке пояснення конфесii дае священник на проповiдях.I я знаю, що богато прихожан в церквах Московського Патрiархату про це не знають,так як не тiльки нiколи не упоминають МП,але i самi себе заперечують!?

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  • Linda Knox | 27 June 2016, 15:32

    That’s your only complaint that Catholics were not singled out? You must have a limited understanding about the importance of the Encyclical and a lot of free time on your hands. Perhaps you should

  • pavloosh | 27 June 2016, 14:23

    "In particular, she addresses an appeal to governments in that region to protect the Christian populations – Orthodox, Ancient Eastern and other Christians – who have survived in the cradle of

  • Georgio | 26 June 2016, 17:05

    Враховуючи те, що на останньому архієрейському соборі УПЦКП було допущено можливість існування в рамках автономії, такий сценарій має місце. Поживемо побачимо.

  • Игил | 24 June 2016, 22:01

    Не дає!

  • Ігор Мицько | 24 June 2016, 13:51

    Чи це дає можливість легалізації канонічности УПЦ КП.

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