Keep your eyes
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February 27, 2017
Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee
hungry and fed thee: thirsty and gave thee drink? Or when did we see
thee a stranger and took thee in? Or naked and covered thee? Or when
did we see thee sick or in prison and came to thee? And the king
answering shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it
to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.
“Concerning the conflict in Ukraine, which continues to cause grave
concern since it began in 2014, the Holy See underscores once again
that all necessary steps should be taken to enforce the ceasefire and
to implement the measures agreed upon. These efforts should be
accompanied by the sincere commitment of all involved parties to
respecting all fundamental human rights and restoring stability at the
national and international levels, not least by respecting
international legality with regard to Ukraine’s territory and borders.”
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE: Help stop war in Ukraine, aid children in need, says church leader
The head of the Ukrainian Catholic
Church called on the international community to “stop the aggressor” in
Ukraine’s “forgotten conflict” and help the 1 million children in need
of urgent humanitarian assistance.
“I am appealing to the
international community to defend Ukrainian children, victims of war,
keeping in mind that in our country we are experiencing a humanitarian
emergency in Europe that has not been experienced since the Second
World War,” said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of
the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Despite efforts the past three
years, a “stable cease-fire” has never been achieved, “therefore, we
ask international organizations to continue diplomatic approaches to
stop the aggressor and end the war so that true peace can be reached,”
he said in a written statement received by Catholic News Service Feb.
The archbishop made the appeal
after UNICEF released report Feb. 17 saying that 1 million children in
Ukraine were in urgent need of humanitarian aid — nearly double the
number of kids in need the same time last year.
The increased numbers were due to
the ongoing fighting and deteriorating economic situation of families,
loss of housing and reduced access to health care and education, the
report said. One in five schools in eastern Ukraine have been damaged
“Hundreds of daily cease-fire
violations put children’s physical safety and psychological well-being
at risk,” the UNICEF report said. Thousands of children face the danger
of landmines and unexploded ordinance as well as active shelling in
their neighborhoods, it said.
“Teachers, psychologists and
parents report signs of severe psychosocial distress among children
including nightmares, aggression, social withdrawal and panic triggered
by loud noises,” it said.
In his appeal, Archbishop Shevchuk
said the Catholic Church has a moral obligation to speak up for the
voiceless, particularly the children.
“The increasingly tragic situation
of the nation — there are 1.7 million people displaced — remains
invisible in the eyes of the general public,” he said. Such tragedy, he
said, “cannot and must not remain invisible.”
NATIONAL REVIEW: Bitter Harvest and the Bitter Present in Ukraine
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: Ukraine
of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 11- "On talkativeness and silence"
3. Intelligent silence is the mother of prayer,
a recall from captivity, preservation of fire, an overseer of thoughts,
a watch against enemies, a prison of mourning, a friend of tears, effective
remembrance of death, a depicter of punishment, a delver into judgment,
a minister of sorrow, an enemy of freedom of speech, a companion of stillness,
an opponent of desire to teach, increase of knowledge, a creator of divine
vision, unseen progress, secret ascent.
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