Patriarch Sviatoslav assured the faithful in the United States of prayerful support at these challenging times

15 January, 20:07
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At the request of the American bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the head of the UGCC, Patriarch Sviatoslav, appealed to the episcopate, priests and the faithful to pray "for the American people, their leaders and the Ukrainian community in this state."

The head of the UGCC expressed solidarity with the Catholic Church in the United States. Borys Gudziak, UGCC Metropolitan of Philadelphia announced this on Facebook.

"In the near future, American society will face some of the greatest challenges in modern history. Because of the change of political power, the extensive division between citizens, and the real danger of civil war, or even military warfare, the Catholic Church of the United States is suffering, as well as our faithful and clergy. We cannot stand aside and ignore their plight and pain... The Catholic Church in the United States has always been in solidarity with our Church in the sufferings and needs of our people in Ukraine and the settlements. May our prayerful solidarity with American Catholics be a sign of brotherhood, unity and support at these difficult times. We believe that Our Lord will hear our prayers and will bring the peace that modern humanity so desperately needs," the Head of the UGCC wrote.

Metropolitan Borys Gudziak thanked the Head of the UGCC for the call to global prayer.

"The solidarity of our communities in different countries is a great consolation for us," Bishop Borys commented on the UGCC President's call to pray for the United States at a difficult political time for this country.

Also, a week before the inauguration of newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden, downtown Washington looks like a city preparing for war. A large part of the city center is blocked and patrolled by the U.S. National Guard.

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This was reported by "Ukrayinska Pravda".

The U.S. capital is becoming even stronger as federal, state and local governments prepare for the worst-case scenario of violence on January 20.

More than 25,000 law enforcement, military and intelligence personnel will be deployed to ensure security in Washington during Biden's inauguration.

The FBI has warned that extremists could use the effects of the Capitol's capture on January 6 to carry out attacks to destabilize and cause even more conflict in the United States.

The Secret Service responsible for the inauguration's security has activated a command center to consolidate federal, state and local agencies.

Along with the physical strengthening measures of the Capitol, the District of Columbia government closed most of the city for traffic, shutting down subway stations and public buses.

According to Ukrayinska Pravda, which is citing one of the officials, even though the Capitol will be fortified in the coming days, there are growing fears that extremists will focus their attacks outside the security perimeter - in other vital places of Washington or state capitals.

On January 6, during consideration of the issue of election results, supporters of Donald Trump broke into the Capitol while being incited by him to active actions. Four protesters and a police officer were killed in the assault.

The social network Twitter has permanently blocked the account of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump "due to the risk of further incitement to violence."

On January 13, the lower house of the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives) announced the impeachment of current U.S. President Donald Trump, accusing him of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol.