UKRAINIAN CHURCHES ISSUE JOINT HOLODOMOR DECLARATION

21.11.08


Representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Churches in Great Britain issued a joint declaration today to mark the 75th anniversary of the Holodomor.

In it, the faithful are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that future generations are made aware of the events of 1932-33.  The victims of the Holodomor "are the personification of living innocence, and innocence without blemish is a precious gift from God that no famine can erase from the face of this earth". 

The declaration continues:  "Christian Truth calls upon us to make efforts to spread the knowledge of this tragedy...   We all must be informed about this act of genocide, in order that history may never be repeated and that this horrific act may never again be committed against any member of the human race...   Although we cannot turn back the pages of history, we can still work towards a brighter future. Only faith, hope and overwhelming love will help to build a worthy future and prevent the errors of the past."

For the full text of the declaration, please click here.

NB.  The last time the two Churches signed a joint declatation on UK soil was in 1988 to mark 1000 years of Christianity in Ukraine.

 



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