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Showing posts with label Persecution of Christians in Ukraine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Persecution of Christians in Ukraine. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Canadian Ambassador: Ukraine’s Crackdown Singling Out Catholics for Persecution

Vera and Tania Hill from Burlington, Ont., join other members of the Canadian Ulkranian community as they gather in Toronto on Jan. 26, 2014, to support of the EuroMaidan protesters.
Canada’s ambassador for religious freedom is warning that the Ukrainian government is persecuting a particular group of Catholics as the political crises grows in the European country.

Ambassador Andrew Bennett, who visited Kiev Saturday and Sunday, said he’s also upset that new laws placing limits on civil rights will disallow churches from joining protests against the government in Ukraine’s capital city.

Read more at the The Globe and Mail >>

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cardinal Dolan Writes in Support of Ukraine Protestors

Editor's Note: Your editor left a comment on the Cardinal Archbishop's website commending him on the following statement.  I also suggested he speak out as clearly against the "brutal and nasty" assault on pro-life Christians by the Governor and Mayor of New York, who have both suggested there is "no place" in New York for pro-lifers.  Moments later, all comments were removed from the Archbishop's blog.  Cardinal Dolan, apparently, sees best at a distance.

Supporting the EuroMaiden Movement in Ukraine

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting "revolution" and "shame." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Along with many others in the New York community, I am following the somber situation in Ukraine with growing alarm.

Last August, I was honored to be part of the dedication of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church’s Resurrection Cathedral, in Kiev, and was in awe at the youth and vitality of a Church that had been starved, jackbooted, imprisoned, tortured, persecuted and martyred by Hitler, Stalin, and company.  With thousands of others, I praised God for an apparent new springtime where Democracy, human rights, and religious freedom were in bloom in Ukraine.

Those high summer hopes have now turned as cold as this New York winter day.  What began as inspirational, prayerful, peaceful, powerful protest, dubbed the Euro Maiden Movement, characterized by prayer and song led by Jewish, Orthodox, and Catholic clergy, has turned brutal and nasty, with government thugs relishing the chance to bludgeon and harass the hundreds of thousands of patriotic Ukrainians, and oppressive laws quickly passed to suppress freedoms.

Two men I deeply admire — the Metropolitan Archbishop of Kiev, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, and Bishop Borys Gudziak, one of the founders of the promising Catholic University of Ukraine — keep in touch.  They’ve been leaders urging peace and restraint, while prophetic on behalf of human dignity, civil rights, and the place of religion in the reconstruction and renewal of Ukraine.  They are near tears, and look in vain for allies in their noble cause.

We Catholics in the United States cannot let these brave Ukrainians, whose allegiance to their religious convictions has survived “dungeon, fire, and sword,” languish.  They deserve our voices and our prayers.

Nor can we as American citizens fail them, as we call for our government to stand with them.