Holy Father made a historic visit Sunday to St. Sophia.
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Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church, says the international community needs to pay more attention to the ongoing conflict.
The Holy Father has asked the faithful to make a “generous contribution” to relieve the suffering of nearly a million Ukrainians affected by ongoing violence between government forces and Russian-backed rebels.
The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church said it was ‘important to listen to the Holy Father and at the same time to be listened to by the Holy Father.’
NEWS ANALYSIS: Ukraine continues to be imperiled by internal and external forces, but a recent USCCB delegation found strong faith amid the nation’s confusion and turmoil.
“During this time of foreign aggression against Ukraine — as well as turmoil in so many other historically Eastern-Christian lands — this recognition brings particular consolation,” Father Peter Galadza, acting director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, stated July 17.
More than 6,000 people have died in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Father Ivan Yavorskyy, a military chaplain for the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, accompanied 17 Ukrainian soldiers on the annual International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes.