lunedì 24 gennaio 2022

Polish and Ukrainian churches appeal for peace amid Russia tensions

(Notes from Poland)
Church leaders in Poland and Ukraine have issued a joint appeal for dialogue and understanding – and international support for the Ukrainian people – amid growing military tension with Russia. “In the end, war is always a defeat for mankind,” write the hierarchs, quoted by Belsat. “It is an expression of barbarity and an infective tool for resolving disputes….[as well as] a crime against God and man himself.” “We appeal to rulers to refrain from hostilities,” they continue. “The present situation requires Christians of eastern and western traditions to be fully responsible for the present and future of our continent.” The letter is signed by the heads of Poland’s Roman Catholic episcopate, Stanisław Gądecki, and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic church, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, as well as by Eugeniusz Popowicz, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic hierarch in Poland, and Mieczysław Mokrzycki, president of the Roman Catholic episcopate in Ukraine. (...)