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“The arms of the Father and your Mother Church are always open to you”: His Beatitude Sviatoslav to Ukrainians in Slovakia

January 30, 2024, 15:12 41

On January 28, in the catechetical and pastoral premises of the Diocese of Kosice in Slovakia, the Father and Head of the UGCC, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, met with representatives of the Ukrainian community living in Kosice.

“The arms of the Father and your Mother Church are always open to you”: His Beatitude Sviatoslav to Ukrainians in Slovakia

Joint prayer with the Ukrainian community

During the homily, the Father and Head of the UGCC emphasized the importance of parenthood and spiritual connection with the father, who, according to him, is always a friend to his children.

“I am addressing the sons and daughters of Ukraine. Wherever fate takes you, remember: the arms of the Father and your Mother Church are always open to you,” assured the Patriarch. “The Mother Church will always rejoice in each and every one of you who can be found, embraced, warmed, and reminded of whose parents they are children,” added the Head of the UGCC.

7 powerful thoughts of the Head of the UGCC following the meeting with Ukrainians in Kosice

“Your Church is always and everywhere with You” is the word of the Mother Church to its children, who are sometimes dispersed in different parts of the world; “I will not leave you” is the word of God to man, the Father to his children. It is also the word of your Church to each of you personally.

Our people who knock are the voice of humanity. The war in Ukraine has become an opportunity for nations to show their Christian openness, and entire European countries have shown themselves in a very dignified and Christian way. We thank the nations that have shown themselves to be believers not in words but in deeds.

We say integration — yes, but assimilation — no! While staying here, try to do good for this country. Work for the common good. Be successful!

I encourage young people to study, be the best! Learn the local language, and start your own business. If you ask yourself how you can contribute to Ukraine’s victory today, be good students.

Keep the spark of resilience that keeps us going without hope that will be there as long as you come together. No to assimilation! Those who remember their roots also know how to root in a foreign country. Preserving your authenticity makes you meaningful because you bring something new.

Unite! Your Church will help you. We are seeking places where Ukrainians are present to send priests. We are committed to doing everything we can to come to you.

I have a duty to take care of you, but since I cannot do everything alone, I have an assistant. Bishop Stepan Sus is looking after you on my behalf.

Presentation of UYC Youth

The head of UYC Kosice, Andriana Kapiton, and an active organization member, Oleh Spas, shared with His Beatitude Sviatoslav the origins and activities of the youth organization’s chapter in Kosice. These included formation meetings, work with children, travel, joint celebrations, and presentations of the community to young people in other cities.

Presentation of the Ukrainian community

Father Panteleimon Gerbery, a priest for Ukrainians in Kosice, described the community’s origin and history of development.

Spiritual and artistic chanting

The highlight of the meeting was the musical performances by Ukrainians.

In conclusion, His Beatitude Sviatoslav bestowed the bishop’s blessing.

The UGCC Department for Information

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