Head of Ukrainian Catholics thanked Catholics in Lithuania for support during times of Soviet persecution

18 August 2013, 12:50 | International relations | 0 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

Кардинал.jpgPatriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), following the demand of the Greek Catholic priests and bishops who were serving in times of persecution (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was liquidated in 1946 by Soviet regime and operated as underground Church for more than 40 years), thanked the Lithuanian Catholic Church for their support at the time of the communist regime.

Words of gratitude Head of the UGCC delivered after the consecration of the Cathedral in Kyiv to the papal legate - Cardinal Audrys Juozas Bačkis from Lithuania.

"I take advantage of this opportunity to accomplish a will of bishops, priests, monks and nuns of our persecuted Church. They bequeathed on behalf of our Church to express a gratitude to the Catholic Church of Lithuania ", - he said.

Patriarch Sviatoslav said that Lithuanians were showing the true Christian solidarity to Ukrainian Greek Catholics in times of persecution in the Soviet Union.

"How many of our bishops went there in order to become stronger in faith and how many books - spiritual literature, catechisms, prayer books were printed there in order to feed with the Word of God the faith of Ukrainian people. And now is the best moment in history, when we, on behalf of the whole Church, would like to say "Thank you."

He also thanked the papal legate for his presence at the dedication of the cathedral, adding that the visit to Kyiv of Lithuanian Cardinal also has a symbolic meaning, because "this year, Ukrainian eyes will look to Lithuania, Vilnius." Head of UGCC meant the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius which is to be held in November.

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    • Володимир Харко | 20 November 2014, 22:32

      Ибо москаль он, а не православный христианин...

    • rebrik | 20 November 2014, 09:02

      Вот и слава Богу! Радостно, что не только прецедент с захватом повлиял, но и братское разъяснение помогло. Христос посреде нас!

    • Мереживо | 19 November 2014, 23:41

      І його підтримав митрополит Сарненський і Поліський Анатолій: http://sarny.church.ua/2014/11/19/zayava-mitropolita-sarnenskogo-i-poliskogo-anatoliya/

    • mochorev | 19 November 2014, 22:57

      Уявляю який шалений тиск бідолашному владиці довелось витримати від поводирів УПЦ МП аби зрікся свого підпису. Слабкодухим виявився перед московською "канонічною" навалою. ЗРІКСЯ ПРАВДИ

    • Vigilanteatento | 15 November 2014, 07:03

      Приношу свої вибачення за мій поганий українською. Ми всі знаємо, що тільки священики ordeban в СРСР, які були слухняними комуністичної влади. Патріарх не є винятком.

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