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Ukrainian bishop compares slain protestors to martyrs

Catholic World News - February 21, 2014

A bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said that anti-government protestors who were killed by security forces are “martyrs,” according to a report from the Religious Information Service of Ukraine.

“These are pure people, who have no evil intentions, who were ready to give everything they had today, so that we might live different lives,” said Bishop Borys Gudziak, the Ukrainian Catholic bishop of Paris. “Sacrifice and martyrdom bring fruit. This does not justify the actions of the government today, nor the behavior of the titushkos [hired thugs], our police or the Berkut [special forces unit].”

“But sacrifice, witness, and martyrdom change people, it changes the world,” he added. “We are all scattered today, but I think we are inspired by the purity of this sacrifice.”

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