Prayer service for Holodomor victims held in the main Catholich church of New York
A memorial service for the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral in new York on November 16.
The Liturgy was served by priests of three denominations - the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic Churches, "Day" reports.
The memorial events were attended by representatives of the Ukrainian diplomatic corps in New York, American politicians and representatives of the city government.
Chairman of the Ukrainian Congressional Committee Andriy Fudey, speaking at St. Patrick's Cathedral, recalled that about 20 countries have officially recognized the Holodomor as genocide. At the same time, according to him, Russia "continues the same policy towards Ukraine, after having unleashed the war in 2014".
Senator Chuck Schumer and representative of the New York City Council Carolina Rivera expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian community.
"I stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian community, which honors the victims of the Holodomor," said Carolina Rivera. "I personally maintain close ties with her, attend festivals and other events that are held in Manhattan in so-called Lesser Ukraine. The Ukrainian community means a lot to New York, America and the world. Ukrainians preserve their culture and traditions, and New York helps them in every way."
Deputy permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN Yuriy Vitrenko recalled that a year ago, on the initiative of our country, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine, co-sponsored by almost 40 countries.
The permanent representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko urged to spread information about the genocide of the Ukrainian people during the Holodomor so that this crime will never happen again. Yelchenko said this during events honoring the memory of the victims of the Holodomor in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, according to the diplomat's Twitter.
“It is a great honor for me to speak at the memorial service for the victims of the Holodomor in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, "Yelchenko wrote, adding," be yourself, be Ukrainians, respect your roots and history, spread information about this genocide, proudly carry Your Ukrainian heritage, build a future for your children so that this crime will never happen again.”
Hundreds of people came to pray.
As it was reported, in December, the House of Representatives of the US Congress recognized the Holodomor genocide of the Ukrainian people.