The Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church releases a message to mark the New 12 months, noting that as we go away a yr through which we had been pressured to scale back social contact, we should enter the brand new one prioritising constructing human relationships.
By Vatican Information employees author
2020, which was “stuffed with particular experiences, difficulties and challenges, but in addition particular blessings, discoveries and pleasure” has come to an finish. This message, from the Primate of the Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, got here in a video launched on the Church’s website to want all Ukrainians a contented new yr.
In his video message, the Primate continued saying that this yr we skilled and discovered rather a lot for the primary time. “We have now realized that human life is priceless, and human well being can’t be valued by any cash, financial advantages or political expediency.”
What is going on in Ukraine?
An armed battle has been raging on in Japanese Ukraine since 2014. The six-year battle within the Donbas area – between the Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed forces – has seen greater than 13,000 individuals killed; 30,000 wounded; and virtually 1,500,000 Ukrainians internally displaced.
Regardless of worldwide efforts to cease the preventing, quite a few ceasefires, and the swearing in of a brand new President in Ukraine in 2019, an finish to the battle continues to be not in sight.
Pope Francis and support to Ukraine
Throughout his hold forth, Pope Francis has typically expressed his concern for Ukraine and provided support to the nation. Notably, In 2016, Pope Francis requested Catholic parishes in Europe to take up a particular assortment for humanitarian assist in Ukraine. A complete of 12 million euros had been collected, to which Pope Francis then added 6 million of his personal to the trigger.
After his Sunday Angelus on 26 July 2020, Pope Francis prayed for the individuals of Ukraine, and, referring to the quite a few ceasefires (twenty because the begin of the battle), stated, “Whereas I thanks for this signal of goodwill aimed toward restoring the a lot desired peace in that tormented area, I pray that what has been agreed will lastly be put into follow.”
Classes from 2020
Persevering with his message, Archbishop Shevchuk famous that by way of combating illness not but identified to the world, we noticed the energy and victory of human solidarity in our lives.
“We realized,” he stated, “that indifference kills, and love of neighbour sustains, offers new hope, saves lives. This yr we recognised the household as the house Church, the place the Lord Creator and Saviour Himself is current in our home.”
The Head of the Church additionally famous that in 2020 we particularly appreciated the artwork of medication, and the heroism of our medical doctors and medical staff who save sufferers at the price of their very own lives.
A 2021 of pleasure and lightweight
“However we glance with pleasure and lightweight on the new yr 2021 that we’re coming into. We really feel that within the new yr we’ll nonetheless be collectively, in a single boat we’ll cross this sea of life. Our Lord and Saviour, who’s coming to be born in Bethlehem of Judea, can be in that boat with us,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav assured his individuals.
The Primate wished everybody God’s blessing, optimism, energy, and pleasure, in order that we might actually transfer ahead collectively.
“Glad New 12 months to you, expensive brothers and sisters! Glad New 12 months to you, Ukraine!” he concluded.