This book doesn’t answer all questions but makes the first step toward a common way, His Beatitude Sviatoslav about a publication A dialogue heals wounds

Saturday, 09 June 2018, 00:08
On Wednesday, June 6 in Lublin Father and Head of UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav presented his book-interview “A dialogue heals wounds”. The interview was held by the editor of the Catholic News Agency, Krzysztof Tomasik.
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“The idea was to create an opportunity for a dialogue between Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine and Polish society’, said His Beatitude Sviatoslav. He mentioned that Polish citizens little know about Ukraine, Ukrainians and Greek Catholic Church. “This book doesn’t answer all questions, but it, probably, is the first step toward a common way of brothers and sisters, who belong to a single Church”, Head added.

According to Head of Church, the main message of this book hides in an invitation to listen to others. “A dialogue does not presuppose me to agree with everyone in everything. By means of dialogue we become an image of God. By means of dialogue we become ourselves”, His Beatitude Sviatoslav indicated.

He also mentioned that no alternative of a dialogue besides war and hate took place. He assumes that unless a dialogue occurs at politics and Church tops, people won’t be able to accept it. However, it is possible to be implemented among youth.

During the meeting Archbishop Stanisław Budzik, Metropolitan of Lublin talked about two institutions in Lublin, which pit in enormous efforts to strengthen relations between Poland and Ukraine.

“The first institution is Lublin metropolitan Greek catholic spiritual seminary. Recently we marked its 50th anniversary. As we know during Soviet times Greek Catholic Church in Poland was prohibited. Przemysl spiritual seminary was closed, and Ukrainians were deported. Thus, despite continuous Church’s suppressions, owing to people and fidelity of dozens of priests, as well as care of Polish primates, Apostolic City ordered to take care of Greek-catholics, who were living on the territory of post-war Poland”, Metropolitan of Lublin said.

The second institution was John Paul II Foundation in Lublin for youth from Central and East Europe.

“It was build, so young people from these countries could study in Lublin Catholic University of John Paul II and other universities”.

Catholic priest, prof. Antoni Dembinskyy, rector of Lublin Catholic University mentioned that this university is a perfect place for promoting a book about dialogue and join it. Since Lublin Catholic University in past used to be called “a freedom island”.

For reference, before Head of UGCC presented a book, he had celebrated Divine Liturgy in church of Nativity of Our Lady of UGCC on behalf of 25th anniversary of Lublin Greek catholic parish.

“Notwithstanding our different traditions, we are still unified”, said Archbishop Stanislaw in his word.

Greek catholic community in Lublin has few hundreds of faithful. More and more Ukrainians study and work there. A long-termed priest of this parish remains Fr. Stefan Batrukh.

The UGCC Department for Information


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