His Beatitude Sviatoslav consecrated a monument to the Blessed Omelian Kovch in Lublin

Tuesday, 05 October 2021, 22:16

Being a prisoner of German concentration camp “Majdanek” Fr. Omelian Kovch was a real role model of humanity. The priest proved that even under cruel conditions and tremendous suffering a person always has a choice. Even today he helps us understand what kind of challenges are ahead of Christians of both eastern and western modern worlds. His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Father and Head of the UGCC said during the festivities of the grand opening ceremony of the monument to the Blessed Omelian Kovch in Lublin (Poland) on October 4, 2021.

In his homily the Head of the Church emphasized that the personality of the Blessed Omelian Kovch, who is a staple to follow for people and Churches.

“Ministering of Fr. Omelian Kovch shows what it takes to stay close to people despite different circumstances and devote to them completely. It was he who initiated unity, dialogue and reconciliation among people, traditions and religions”, the Major Archbishop underlined.

“The monument we consecrated today has to remind us of our responsibility to not let that horrendous event once happened in “Majdanek” happen again”, he added.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav thanked everyone who contributed to erecting the monument to the Blessed Omelian Kovch and believed in the idea which Fr. Omelian gave his life for.

“May his personality serves us a trigger to keep our dignity even in extreme cases and serve others selflessly, regardless of their religious or national identity and political beliefs”, - His Beatitude Sviatoslav wished.

On the occasion of the consecration of the monument Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a greeting letter by His Holiness Pope Francis. The Pope assured everyone in his spiritual closeness with them and reminded that martyrdom is the greatest testimony to serving Church and God himself.

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba mentioned that it had been the most touching ceremonies of unveiling the monument he had ever participated in. On behalf of the whole state he thanked the organizers of the event.

The ceremony continued with awarding the honours of the Blessed Omelyan Kovch. Among the prize winners were Agnieszka Holland, “Plast” and the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association.

The UGCC Department for Information