2019 should be the year of dialogue, His Beatitude Sviatoslav presented in Kyiv his book Dialogue Heals Wounds

Saturday, 19 January 2019, 14:32
On January 17, the presentation of the book Dialogue Heals Wounds by the Father and Head of the UGCC, Beatitude Sviatoslav, was held in Kyiv. The book is written in the style of interview between the Primate of the UGCC and the editor of the Polish Catholic News Agency Krzysztof Tomashik.
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"This communication arose from one important need. In the last two or three years, Ukrainian-Polish relations are experiencing a difficult period. At a certain moment, at the level of historians and diplomats, this dialogue seems to have come to a standstill. We seem to have ceased to hear each other although we consider our Polish brothers to be strategic partners in building up our European home. And here comes the initiative from the Polish side to start a dialogue at the level of believing hearts," said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

The Head of the UGCC is convinced that, despite the fact that the book was designed for the Polish reader, it will be interesting to the Ukrainian audience as it also discusses the importance of dialogue in the construction of an independent Ukraine.

According to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, without a dialogue there is no real man. "We, Christians, believe that the Lord God created man in the context of dialogue with Him. A person can be true only when he enters a dialogue. First of all with God, our Creator. We call such a dialogue a prayer. However,  a dialogue with another person is also needed," he stressed.

The Head of the UGCC noted that it is 2019 that should be the year of dialogue.

The presentation was attended by the Head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epiphanij, MPs of Ukraine, current and former government representatives, foreign diplomats, public figures, as well as the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

"Dialogue not only heals wounds. To my deep conviction, it builds the Ukrainian Church and the state ... I have read your book and with most in it I agree," said the Head of State in his speech, having advised everyone to read carefully the book of His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

 

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