Roman Catholic Bishop of Crimea Calls Breaking Fraternal Bond Between Crimeans Unacceptable

28 February 2014, 09:55 | National religious question | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Яцек_Пиль.jpgAuxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Odesa-Simferopol, Bishop Jacek Pyl, February 26, called on all believers and non-believers “to refrain from extremism, and in these difficult times not to allow the fraternal bond between people living in the Crimea to break.” In response to the tense situation in Crimea, the bishop urged the faithful “not to stop praying for peace and called on those who can to fast voluntarily.”

“In our prayers we remember all Crimeans, regardless of religion, background, or political views. We pray that the people, who for decades lived in peace, do not lift hands against each other; we pray to prevent the bloodshed that occurred on Kyiv. I urge all believers and non-believers in the name of solidarity with the legacy of our parents who cared about the development of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea to refrain from extremism, and in these difficult times not to allow the fraternal bond between people living in Crime to break,” reads his statement, which was circulated by CREDO.

The bishop noted that Ukrainians, Russians, Crimean Tatars, and people of Armenian, Polish, German, Czech, and other roots live alongside one another in Crimea.

“Orthodox, Muslims, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Karaites, representatives of other faiths and non-believers have lived together peacefully on the peninsula for centuries – and today we will not allow our origin or religion divide us. We are children of the one God, who is our Father. Crimea’s motto, which is written on its coat of arms, is ‘Prosperity in unity.’ Let us not forget this motto in these difficult times,” says the bishop.

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    • erinms | 20 February 2017, 18:48

      There is little doubt that the ROC is an agent of the Russian KGB, or whatever name they now use. How can this church called itself Christian when they promote hatred and discord? A more appropriate

    • Леонтій | 20 February 2017, 11:06

      У такий спосіб, слідом за окупацією й анексією РФ Криму, кремлівська верхівка (і якраз напередодні календарного євангельського читання про Страшний суд!), по суті й змісту цих своїх дій, ОФІЦІЙНО

    • Fr. Valerii | 18 February 2017, 18:31

      І за тиждень по конференції, 18.02.2017 Президент РФ В. Путін підписав Указ «О признании в Российской Федерации документов и регистрационных знаков транспортных средств, выданных гражданам Украины и

    • Michal Holdowich | 17 February 2017, 18:00

      «І ЩО ТУТ ДУЖЕ ДИВНОГО …» Можливо, для когось і не дивно … ??? Натомість для мене, як священика РКЦ, це супер справа … Це дійство проголошування Доброї Новини – Євангелія! ВІТАЮ ВАС ВСЕЧЕСНИЙ О.

    • pavloosh | 15 February 2017, 22:45

      What a waste of time and energy. The Russian Orthodox Church shows no charity towards anyone. Their church leaders are stubborn, ignorant unChristian hypocrits.

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