Ecumenical prayer for victims of Nazism and communism to be held on June 22
On the initiative of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Secretariat of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (AUCCRU) decided to make June 22 the Day of Interdenominational Prayer for the victims of two totalitarian regimes - Nazism and communism.
This is stated in the address of Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) to the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and all people of goodwill regarding 70 years since the Nazi invasion of Soviet territory.
"This date was marked by horrific bloodshed caused by one or the other party. So certainly it is our day of mourning over the Ukrainian land covered in blood of innocent victims," explains the head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. "June 22 will be a day for prayer, remembrance and reconciliation."
The appeal notes that the Ukrainian Council of Churches agreed to the initiative of the UGCC to declare June 22 the Day of Interdenominational Prayer, as some political forces want to use it to divide our people.