Public initiative hopes to gather 100 thousand people for Mass
The organization Zarvanytska Initiative hopes to gather 50-100 thousand people in Lviv for a Mass celebrating the 10th anniversary since Pope John Paul II visited Lviv.
“We want to gather at least 50-100 thousand people to resist Kirill [Editor’s note: head of the Russian Orthodox Church], who gathered 5 thousand people in Kharkiv,” O. Starovoit, a representative of the initiative, said on June 23 in Lviv, ZAXID.NET reports.
He said the Mass will be held this Sunday, June 26.
Earlier during an interview with ZAXID.NET, Taras Stetskiv, another representative of the initiative and national deputy from the Our Ukraine – People’s Self-Defense bloc, said, “On June 26 in Sykhiv there will be an enormous Hierarchical Service, which will be celebrated by His Beatitude Sviatoslav. We want to show that by joint efforts many people will gather to pray. They will be able to feel the power, just as they did 10 years ago when the pope came and when there were millions of people. If a dozen, maybe a hundred, thousand people gather now, then this will be an important step to change the situation – to move from despair and indifference to active work.”
Zarvanytska Initiative brings together famous and important people in western Ukraine, including former political prisoner, vice president of UCU, Myroslav Marynovych; representative of the Republican Christian Party Bohdan Pankevych; writer Taras Prokhasko; analyst Taras Vozniak; and rector of Ivanko Franko University, Ivan Vakarchuk.