Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 27, 2022 / 16:06 pm
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles wrote Sunday to the city’s Ukrainian Catholic parish, assuring them of his solidarity and the prayers of the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
“Please know that your Roman Catholic brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will always be near to you in solidarity and prayer. We are praying for a swift end to the evil of this war,” Archbishop Gomez wrote Feb. 27 to Father Ihor Koshyk, pastor of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Los Angeles. The parish is part of the the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Nicholas of Chicago.
“We ask Jesus Christ, the Lord of Peace, to touch the hearts of the aggressors, and move them to conversion. We also call on those in authority to seek a just peace that recognizes the dignity and sovereignty of the Ukrainian people.”
Russia invaded Ukraine Feb. 24. More than 368,000 Ukrainians have already fled the country. Ukraine’s forces have reportedly regained control over all of Kharkiv, in the country’s east.