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Church is experiencing ‘a martyrdom’ in eastern Ukraine, says leading prelate

Catholic World News - August 21, 2014

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, said that his Eastern Catholic church is experiencing “a martyrdom” in two eastern Ukrainian cities in which pro-Russian separatists have been especially active.

“Today our Church in Donetsk and Luhansk is experiencing a martyrdom, and it needs our prayer and support,” he said.

Referring to Donetsk as he blessed an icon, the prelate said that “this icon represents God's blessing on this long-suffering city, which today sheds blood. May the Lord hear our prayers and pleas for peace and stop the bloodshed,” according to a report from the Religious Information Service of Ukraine.

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