CNA Staff, Jan 7, 2021 / 06:10 am America/Denver (CNA).
The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church urged his flock Wednesday to set aside “fear and sorrow” as they celebrate Christmas.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk issued the appeal on Jan. 6, when Ukrainian Catholics who follow the Julian calendar observe Christmas Eve.
“Today the angel says to all of us: ‘Do not be afraid!’ While standing before the Lord’s Nativity scene, let fear and sorrow disappear from our hearts today,” he said.
In a video message recorded at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, he alluded to the difficulties facing the country, which has been blighted by war since 2014.
“Greetings to those who are in Ukraine and those who are in the settlements; to those who celebrate it at the front or in prison, or perhaps in a hospital bed,” he said.