Leaders of Ukrainianchurches offer condolences to French people over terrorist attacks
Head of the UGCC, Patriarch Sviatoslav on behalf of the bishops and faithful of the UGCCextended hiscondolences to the President of the French Episcopal Conference Archbishop Marcel Georges Pointier and Ambassador of France to Ukraine Mrs. Isabelle Dumont.
“It is with great sorrow that we learned of the terrible terrorist acts committed in France on the night of November14. The faithful of our Church, as well as all children of the Ukrainian land, which for the last time undergoes many unjust attacks and suffering, especially today feel the pain and suffering of French people and unite with you in prayer to Merciful God.
Our prayers today are with each family who mourns the loss of their dear ones, with every wounded person with everyone who is struck sadness, fear and anxiety today in France,” goes the letter of condolence.
According to the press-center of the Kyiv Patriarchate, on November 15, Patriarch Filaret 15 in concelebration of the cathedral clergy officiated at the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in St Volodymyr Cathedral. After the liturgy, he led a memorial service for the repose of the souls of those killed in the road accidents and prayed for the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on November 13, 2015.
The primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onufriyextended his condolences to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont. It was reported by Information Department of the UOC.
His message of condolence says that the terrorists aim at instilling fear and intimidating people. However, these tests further unite the people of France who will bear them with dignity - said the Primate. Expressing condolences over the death of the victims, Metropolitan Onufriywished recovery to the injured and the return of peace and tranquility on the French land.
Archbishop Ihor (Isichenko) of Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of the UAOCsent condolences addressed to ordinary bishop of the Diocese of St. Volodymyr the Great in Paris, Bishop Borys (Gudziak).
“In these difficult moments the faithful of Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church join your congregation in prayer for the eternal peace of innocent victims of the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris. Please convey my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We, the people of Eastern and Southern Ukraine, have been experiencing for the last two years, the constant threat of terrorist attacks, the residents are well aware of the feelings of the residents of Paris and all over France who suddenly found themselves in a critical situation. We believe that the courageous people of France will withstand this challenge. We assure you of our prayers and unwavering Christian solidarity.”
As you know, on November 13, dozens of peoplewere killed in the French capital in a series of explosions and shooting.
According to various sources, the total number of victims of terrorist attacks ranges from 129 to 150 people. Out of these, as reported by the world's leading agencies, about a hundred people were found dead in the concert hall Bataclan, which hosted the concert of the American rock band. More than 200 people are injured, 80 of them are in critical condition. This was reported by AFP with the reference to sources in investigativecircles.