Head of the UGCC and the Prime Minister discuss cooperation between the Church and the State in times of war
According to the UGCC Information Department, His Beatitude Sviatoslav expressed his personal gratitude to the Prime Minister and state authorities for their courageous position in wartime. Patriarch Sviatoslav thanked the head of government for the cooperation between the church and the state in the circumstances of the war and assured of the prayerful support of the UGCC.
The parties also discussed the economic and humanitarian circumstances of Ukraine's life during the war. The prime minister spoke about the challenges facing the state's economy and the damage caused by the war, and also shared the government's vision of responding to these challenges.
The head of the UGCC presented to the prime minister the ways of serving the UGCC in war conditions, especially in the territory of combat operations. In particular, His Beatitude Sviatoslav spoke about the logistics of delivering humanitarian aid, helping people trying to evacuate from the war zone, and helping internally displaced persons in the center and west of Ukraine and European countries.
Denis Shmygal expressed gratitude to the Church for the example of devotional service to the people. The Сhurch, according to him, is an important institution for providing urgent humanitarian assistance where there is the greatest need.
During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on how to integrate internally displaced persons so that the Ukrainian economy can work for their benefit, and also discussed ways to help small and medium-sized businesses during the war in Ukraine.