Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Crimean bishop compares situation to Gethsemane

Catholic World News - March 20, 2014

A Polish-born bishop who ministers in Crimea called upon European Catholics to pray and fast for the Church there.

The region, which had been part of the territory of Ukraine, was annexed by Russia following Russian military intervention and a plebiscite.

Auxiliary Bishop Jacek Pyl of Odessa-Simferopol, who said that it is “not the Church’s mission” to issue political statements, told the Italian Catholic news agency SIR that he entrusted Crimea to the Immaculate Heart of Mary after Sunday Mass.

“I feel like Jesus in the Gethsemane garden,” he said. “In the present circumstances, we need help and spiritual support, we call for prayer and fasting in this Lenten period because we need a miracle. But we also have faith, and we believe that God rules over history and guides us also this situation.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,907 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,092.96
19% 81%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Mar. 20, 2014 11:05 PM ET USA

    President Putin has accused the West of abandoning the faith of its Christian cultural heritage and the moral principles derived from it for the atheistic gods of secular humanism with its amoral life styles. He believes that it is impossible to "have morality separated from religious values." It sounds like Putin's conversion away from atheistic communism to Christianity is sincere and that the grace of his baptism secretly arranged by his mother when he was a child is now bearing fruit.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities 16 hours ago
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16
In showdown with American sisters, the Vatican blinked December 16
Policing, torture, reasons of State, and our Christian mistake December 16
Can torture ever be justified? Round II. December 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - 15 hours ago