Bishops of the UGCC and RCC in Ukraine addressed the faithful with three appeals
Roman and Greek Catholic bishops issued a joint communiqué in which they address the congregation with a call for peace and remind the newly elected MPs of their responsibility to the community and share their views on the family.
The Catholic bishops of both rites had a joint retreat in Lviv-Bryukhovychi on November 10-13, then they held a joint conference of both episcopates. The result was a communiqué in which the hierarchs tell about “three very important and relevant issues at this time in Ukraine and worldwide.”
The first of them is a call for peace that the bishops set forth. “The call for peace is based on truth and justice, it comes from the depths of our hearts. How much suffering, how much destruction,how much pain has been caused and is now caused by the use of weapons in our region,” goes the message. The bishops reminded that violence will never lead to peace and war entails war.
Catholic hierarchs of Ukraine asked the faithful of unceasing prayer so that everyone laid down their arms.
One more issue of discussion at the Conference of Bishops was the latest parliamentary elections. The bishops stressed that the Motherland needed responsible, sincere and honest people. “That's why we remind to all those whom the voters trust to take care not only of their own interests, but of common welfare, which is to be built on what is consideredgodly and necessary for the country,” states the document.
The third issue, on which the bishops’ attention was focused during a joint conference was the Synod on the family that had taken place in Rome lately. The bishops repeated the words of the Synodal Fathers with a prayer for a decent life and development of families in the world of truth, justice and mercy.
“Dear Brothers and Sisters! We strive to the kind of a world, the families in it who express their respect through gratitude and responsibility for the remarkable vocation of married life.”With these words and a call to build a home church with prayer and own example the bishops concluded his message, as reported by CREDO.