“We condemn those acts of violence that were utilized against peaceful citizens,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav

Tuesday, 03 December 2013, 16:27
In the name of our Church I want to express my sadness about the events which took place on Independence Maidan in Kyiv this night. We condemn those expressions of violence which were utilized by law enforcing authorities towards peaceful citizens,” stated His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), UGCC Head, in commenting on the events of the night of November 30th in the capital of Ukraine.

Simultaneously UGCC Primate warned against using force as a response.  “We ask you not to permit more escalation of violence which can lead to even more tragic results.  We should not answer violence with violence, evil with evil,” noted His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

He urged all faithful of the Church and people of goodwill to pray and hold prayer vigils “for peace and harmony in our country.”  “I encourage that all our churches organize prayer services in order to use the strength of prayer to heal those wounds caused our society and so that we can gain hope for a better future.  Hope comes from Almighty God.  He has that power of love which is capable of conquering any temptation of violence,” appealed Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church Primate.


UGCC Department of Information



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