- Expеrt opinion
- Religious studies
- Religions in Ukraine
- About Us
UGCC Patriarch Calls on Ukrainian People to Stop Bloodshed
21 January 2014, 11:00 | National religious question | 0 | | Code for Blog | |
Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) appealed to the Ukrainian people to desist from violence and stop the bloodshed.
“With great dismay and sadness we witness the events taking place at the moment in Kyiv. In view of these exceptional circumstances I would like to appeal to all the faithful of the church, the Ukrainian people, and to all people of good will. In the name of God, stop the bloodshed! Violence was never the way to build a free and independent state! Bloodshed will never reconcile hearts or bring a positive outcome.
I appeal to the Ukrainian authorities: Listen to your people, hear them, do not use violence against them or repressive mechanisms.
I appeal to political leaders of our country: Realize your responsibility for the future of your people, the responsibility for the calls and the steps that you offer them today.
I appeal to society, to citizens, members of various NGOs, especially the protesters who are standing on the Maidan: I beg of you, go back to the peaceful nature of the protests. Do not let emotions get the better of you. Neither fear nor aggression nor anger was ever helpful in determining our future.
I appeal to the Ukrainian judges: Listen to the voice of your conscience, remember that there is no justice without truth. Ask yourself why people call you “Your Honor.” Do not tarnish your honor with unjust decisions.
I appeal to our episcopate and clergy: Especially at a time like this watch over the souls entrusted to you. Reach their hearts and minds with your words of peace. Proclaim the Gospel of Christ's peace.
I call everyone to prayer for peace in our country. May the Lord of peace, the Lord who has given us his peace be with you all.”
There currently no active polls
- 21 November 2014, 08:16 |
- 20 November 2014, 22:32 |
- 20 November 2014, 09:02 |
- 19 November 2014, 23:41 |
- 19 November 2014, 22:57 |
The exhibition of works by Johann George Pinsel opens in Ternopil | 21 November 2014, 10:23 | Sacral art |
On Dignity and Liberty Day the Roman Catholic Bishops of Ukraine pray for wisdom for officials | 21 November 2014, 10:13 | National religious question |
The UOC-KP sharply criticized withdrawal of signatures from the Unity Memorandum of Rivne by the UOC-MP hierarchs | 20 November 2014, 11:20 | Church-state relations |
The relics of St. John Paul II to be presented for veneration in Kyiv on the occasion of the Dignity Revolution anniversary | 20 November 2014, 10:20 | Religion and policy |
Muslims of Crimea not to revenge for burning of the Mosques, according to Muftiate | 20 November 2014, 09:41 | Islam
Most Popular Articles month
19 November 2014, 14:47 | Interchurch relations | 20 November 2014, 22:32
13 November 2014, 12:56 | James Siemens' column | 21 November 2014, 08:16