The Head of the UGCC met with the Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 14:02
His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleh Urusky, at the administrative building of the Patriarchal Center of the UGCC.

During the meeting, the Minister spoke about the plans to build a new ministry, which should be responsible for the strategic direction of Ukraine's industrial development, as well as the basic principles on which, in his opinion, it is necessary to develop Ukraine's defense capabilities.

In the conversation, Mr. Urusky expressed his respect for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and her role in society, especially at a time when Ukraine was defenseless against the enemy in 2013. Then civil society defended Ukraine. Instead, today, according to him, the state must do everything to increase Ukraine's defense capabilities.

For his part, His Beatitude Sviatoslav thanked the Minister for Strategic Industries of Ukraine for the visit. The Head of the UGCC told him about the basic moral principles of the Church's teaching on the duty of a citizen to defend his state, and then drew attention to certain rules of attitude of Christians to weapons as such.

"It is important to build a Ukrainian state of the European standard, which would meet the Copenhagen criteria and be able not only to defend itself, but also to grow, develop and be a worthy partner for European countries. Obviously, this is the state that has strategically chosen its direction of development and is returning to the family of European nations,” the Head of the UGCC is convinced.

The parties agreed that communication and the development of dialogue between public authorities and civil society, including the Church, are very important for the strategic directions of Ukraine's transformation into a European state.


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