Philadelphia, Pa., Feb 14, 2022 / 17:05 pm
The bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States issued a statement on Saturday requesting prayers as the potential of increased conflict in Ukraine comes to a head.
“Over the last few weeks, the world has become fully aware of the fact that democratic Ukraine and its freedom-loving people are increasingly surrounded by hostile military forces prone for invasion,” said the Feb. 12 statement.
The statement was co-signed by Archeparch Borys Gudziak, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States; Eparchs Paul Chomnycky, OSBM of Stamford, Benedict Aleksiychuk of St. Nicholas in Chicago, and Bohdan J. Danylo of St. Josaphat in Parma; and Andriy Rabiy, the auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia.
“We pray for the safety and courage of the people of Ukraine. We admire their faith and fortitude,” said the eparchs. “We beseech the Lord to preserve the country and its people from further invasion.”