Greek Catholic and Orthodox hierarchs of the USA and Canada jointly appealed to the Ukrainian on the occasion of 77th anniversary of Holodomor

Thursday, 25 November 2010, 18:15
In a joint pastoral letter "The call to prayer and living voice of justice,” the hierarchy of the Ukrainian Churches in North America write that we must remember the more than 7 million innocent men, women, and children who simply tried to protect themselves from the violent politics of Soviet collectivization.
In a joint pastoral letter "The call to prayer and living voice of justice,” the hierarchy of the Ukrainian Churches in North America write that we must remember the more than 7 million innocent men, women, and children who simply tried to protect themselves from the violent politics of Soviet collectivization. According to the North American Ukrainian church leaders, “we will raise our united voice against the cruelty and torture that were used in the name of ideology.” The hierarchs of the church remind the faithful about honouring their duty “to remember the victims of this famine in a joint prayer.” Ukrainian hierarchs call the Ukrainians of North America to become a living voice for justice for the millions of famine victims. The heads of Ukrainian churches stated that the major part of the world has distanced itself from what happened at that time: "The voices for justice and democracy were pacified, mainly by the mass media, which has supported the repressive regime by denying the existence of the artificial famine. The attempts to deny and downplay the terrible consequences of this artificial famine continue today," underline the bishops of Ukrainian Churches in North America. "Your hierarchies encourage you to become a part of the living conscience of those who suffered. The memory of them and their sacrifice shall not be forgotten or diminished. The victims of genocide in Ukraine should be remembered, returning to them justice and dignity," states the pastoral message. "We, the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Catholic and the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches in the United States and Canada, pray for the joint pastoral letter to our faithful to serve as an inspiration for Ukrainians to unite themselves in prayer and commemorate the millions of victims of genocide in Ukraine 1932-1933. Let the memory of them last forever," concludes the document. The joint pastoral letter "The call to a prayer and the living voice of justice" was signed by Bishop Constantine, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada; Bishop George, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA; Bishop Stephan, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA; Bishop Lawrence, the Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada; and 11 others bishops of the Ukrainian Churches in North America.

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