From the Head of the UGCC on the 63rd day of the war: The enemy hunts for people and resorts to violence, including sexual abuse in the occupied territories

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 21:42
Today our cruel enemy is hunting for people in Ukraine. In the occupied territories, thousands of people suffer from various forms of violence every day, mostly sexual abuse. This was announced by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in his daily address on the 63rd day of nationwide opposition to russian aggression in Ukraine.

“We are receiving news from the occupied territories that children are also falling victim to this crime against humanity”, said the Head of the Church.

This time the Primate recorded his address from Kropyvnytskyi, from the south of our Motherland, from our rich chernozems.

“Today we are here, in our church in the regional center of southern Ukraine, together with our people. Here we have Emilian from Kharkiv, Eugenia from Severodonetsk, girls and boys from Bakhmut. Here, in our parish, children and adults have found refuge, fleeing from Russian bombs, from the war”, the spiritual leader described.

On this day, the Head of the Church reflected on the second beatitude that Jesus Christ left us: "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Blessed is the one in whom the power of the risen Christ rests. Beatitude is God's life that we received in the Sacrament of Baptism.

“Those who believe in Christ grieve not because they suffer from hardships but because evil still exists in the world. The power of the victory of the risen Christ yet to be revealed in this world through the lives of Christians”, His Beatitude Sviatoslav mentioned.

Despite everything, the Head of the Church emphasizes, together we oppose evil. “Together we sing, he said, “that Christ is risen, and we live and work together for the victory of Ukraine. From those people who have gathered here in the church, we are sending Easter greetings to our brothers and sisters around the world and saying, “Christ is risen! We are from Ukraine! Truly, He is risen!”

The UGCC Department for Information


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