“I am absolutely convinced,” Ukraine Archbishop Yevstratiy says, “that the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine should not be prohibited. When fighting with a dragon, we must not become one, and when struggling with Russia, we must not become like Russia.  This is complicated because it is always more difficult to do good than to do evil. But good is constructive while evil is only destructive.”

 

Parubiy expressed thanks to Roman Catholics in general and to Pope Francis in particular for strong humanitarian support to victims of the Russian aggression in Donbas during a meeting with Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, generally regarded as the second most important official in the Roman church.

 

The Ukrainian Diaspora community in Brazil is one of the largest in the world. Ethnic Ukrainians in the country account for about 500,000 people. Most of them, about 400,000, live in the state of Parana.

When Cardinal Lubomyr Husar spoke, he was able to speak with the authority of those who have experience in the world. Everyone recognized it, whether they were believers or non-believers, Catholics or Orthodox.

 

Photo: A man holds an image of Ukrainian Cardinal Lubomyr Husar during his June 5 funeral Mass at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Kyiv. Cardinal Husar died May 31 at the age of 84. (CNS Sergey Dolzhenko, EPA)

 

The UGCC claims the church was Greek-Catholic until the UGCC was outlawed by the Soviets and was eventually given to the Moscow Patriarchate after independence

 

Patriarch Sviatoslav: “In the unique way of Lubomyr’s holiness we see that the power of God manifested in his weakness; when he lost his physical sight, his spiritual eyes opened even wider.”

 

Participating in the funeral procession were representatives of the authorities and religious communities from different cities and villages in Galicia.

 

As the Kremlin's crackdown on religious minorities broadens, Russia's community of Jehovah's Witnesses have taken to congregating in secret.

Photo: Alexander Demianchuk / TASS

 

Pope Francis as he personally penned condolences on the death of Cardinal Husar

The Putin regime continues to attack Russia’s Jehovah’s Witnesses – at the behest of the Russian Orthodox Church - while in Ukraine the same church group operates with state protection and support.

 

Photo: Russian police break through the gates of a Kingdom Hall in Nezlobnaya in January 2017 

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