Ukrainian Catholic leader: the Pope is on Ukraine’s side
December 16, 2014
At a recent prayer vigil, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC), an Eastern-rite church in full communion with the Holy See, said that “the Pope is on the side of Ukraine and its people.”
“We express our gratitude to the Holy Father for what he does for our people, so that we can preserve the received gift of freedom,” said Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the legalization of the church following Communist repression, the prelate also paid tribute to St. John Paul II, stating that “in a freed UGCC this holy Pope played a decisive role.”
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- UGCC Head during a prayer vigil for peace in Ukraine: "The Pope is on the side of Ukraine and its people" (UGCC)
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