Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 2, 2022 / 07:30 am
The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church expressed hope on Wednesday that a global day of prayer and fasting would help to bring peace to Ukraine.
In a video message recorded in the besieged Ukrainian capital Kyiv, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said that March 2 was a special day for Ukrainians because of Pope Francis’ call for worldwide prayer for peace.
He said that the pope’s initiative, which fell on Ash Wednesday, meant that “we feel that in our misery we are not alone.”
He prayed: “O God, receive our fasting and prayer! O God, unite us all! May life conquer death, and may the common prayer of the whole world bring peace to Ukraine.”