The Head of the UGCC at a meeting with the G7 Ambassadors: We will win in the war with Russia, but the time of victory depends on the speed and quality of reforms.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018, 15:09
Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, along with other members of the AUCCRO, met with the Ambassadors of the G7 on February 6 in Kyiv to discuss issues of freedom of religion and state-religious relations in the international dimension and participation of the united religious community of Ukraine as part of a structured civil society in the process of reforms in Ukraine.

In his speech, the Head of the UGCC noted that this is an interesting moment in the direct dialogue between diplomats of such a high level and representatives of ordinary Ukrainians, representatives of civil society.

The Head of the UGCC stressed that the religious environment of Ukraine, heads of churches, heads of different religious communities feel social responsibility for the fate of Ukraine, for the fate of the Ukrainian people and our state. "Today, it's religious people, although it may be strange to hear, have almost the greatest credit for the trust of Ukrainian citizens. It increases our responsibility. For every appeal, in particular, made by us all together as the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches, has an extremely great influence on the destiny of our people, " said His Beatitude Sviatoslav to the G7 Ambassadors.

The Head of the Church noted the importance of the reforms that today need to be experienced by Ukraine as a state and Ukrainian society. "Today we are very grateful to you that the world community is on the side of Ukraine, which leads a war against the Russian aggressor. We are convinced that the Ukrainian people will win in that war. But the time of victory depends also on the level and speed of internal reforms that the Ukrainian state needs to go through," said the Primate.

According to him, the reforms that are facing us today are different. "Some, - believes His Beatitude Sviatoslav, - can give quick political dividends to our politicians, authorities and opposition, so they will be more likely to speak a lot about those topics. But often, our politicians do not see the future, because they all think of the timing of the next election, which will be a year later. Therefore, their programs are short-lived. But the vision we have as representatives of churches and religious organizations is further. Because we know that politicians come and go, and the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian churches and religious communities remain."

There are, the Head of the Church has continued, other reforms that, in the opinion of the world community, are vital for Ukraine, but they will not bring rapid political dividends and can be painful for ordinary Ukrainian people. But we know that they need to be done today, although they will yield their results in two, three or five years. "Therefore, the Church often acts as a good mother. When in our childhood we had a toothache, then mom needed to persuade us to go to the doctor. I believe that our social responsibility, as churches and religious organizations, may be similar. We can be such a catalyst for reforming our society in our ministry as a mother and teacher for our people. In particular, last year, churches and religious organizations supported two important reforms. This is a medical and educational reform", - said the Head of the Church.

In his opinion, it remains unclear what urgent reforms must be made in Ukraine this year. "We know that this year may be turbulent for our society. We can work together for peace, stability, development of genuine democracy in Ukraine, so that in the run-up to the elections, Ukrainian society really understands what needs to be done and on what path it is necessary to go, "said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

Department of Information of the UGCC

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