UGCC Patriarch Calls on Ukrainian People to Stop Bloodshed
Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) appealed to the Ukrainian people to desist from violence and stop the bloodshed.
“With great dismay and sadness we witness the events taking place at the moment in Kyiv. In view of these exceptional circumstances I would like to appeal to all the faithful of the church, the Ukrainian people, and to all people of good will. In the name of God, stop the bloodshed! Violence was never the way to build a free and independent state! Bloodshed will never reconcile hearts or bring a positive outcome.
I appeal to the Ukrainian authorities: Listen to your people, hear them, do not use violence against them or repressive mechanisms.
I appeal to political leaders of our country: Realize your responsibility for the future of your people, the responsibility for the calls and the steps that you offer them today.
I appeal to society, to citizens, members of various NGOs, especially the protesters who are standing on the Maidan: I beg of you, go back to the peaceful nature of the protests. Do not let emotions get the better of you. Neither fear nor aggression nor anger was ever helpful in determining our future.
I appeal to the Ukrainian judges: Listen to the voice of your conscience, remember that there is no justice without truth. Ask yourself why people call you “Your Honor.” Do not tarnish your honor with unjust decisions.
I appeal to our episcopate and clergy: Especially at a time like this watch over the souls entrusted to you. Reach their hearts and minds with your words of peace. Proclaim the Gospel of Christ's peace.
I call everyone to prayer for peace in our country. May the Lord of peace, the Lord who has given us his peace be with you all.”