Head of UGCC is grateful for the courage of priests and laity in occupied territories
The priests of the UGCC did not leave their believers in the occupied territories. Some of them left. The UGCC was forced to make certain changes, a certain rotation. But most of the priests remained. This was stated by Patriarch Svyatoslav in an interview with Radio Liberty.
"We remained in the occupied territories. We have not abandoned our temples and our people. We have 11 parishes in the occupied territory. It is obvious that the level of their pastoral life is slightly different. But, for example, in Donetsk, our Cathedral has not gone empty. Although a lot of people left Donetsk. Our priests, crossing the line of demarcation, go there, even running into various kinds of danger, but they feel their duty to be with their people. I thank that our priests who are pastoral there for their pastoral courage to be together with our people," the head of the UGCC said.