Head of the UGCC had a working meeting with the Deputy Secretary of Defense Council
On March 28, 2020, Patriarch Sviatoslav met with Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, major General Serhiy Krivonos, at the residence of the head of the UGCC.
During the meeting, they discussed the current situation in our country and the challenges facing Ukrainian society soon. This is reported by the UGCC Information Department.
In particular, the participants of the meeting exchanged their views on determining the role and place of Ukrainian society in the national security of Ukraine. It was noted that there are no programs and practical steps to implement the participation of the civil sector in the protection of national interests of Ukraine, including state sovereignty, territorial integrity, democracy and the constitutional system.
On issues of state-building for the future, General Krivonos spoke about the state of implementation of the Decree of the President of Ukraine, No. 286/2019 "On the Strategy of National Patriotic Formation", the relevance of which is due to the need to consolidate and develop society, modern challenges facing Ukraine and require constant improvement of the system of education of citizens – patriots of their homeland. He noted that the main components of national-Patriotic education are: social and patriotic, military and patriotic, as well as spiritual and moral education. And in this third component, we cannot do without the help of Ukrainian Churches.
Therefore, His Beatitude Sviatoslav noted that the task of the Church is to educate its faithful in feelings of love for their homeland – patriotism, which is an integral part of Christian education. To this end, our Church will continue to be a partner of the state in implementing this important task of state-building to achieve a better future for our people. He also noted that in Ukraine, national-patriotic education should become one of the priorities of the state and society for the development of national consciousness based on public-state, national and traditional values of the Ukrainian people, which are based on the Christian faith.
At the end of the meeting, the head of the UGCC presented the guest with a memorable illustrated edition about our Church, which also reflects the daily concern of the Mother Church for the spiritual and moral state of Ukrainians in their native lands and around the world.