Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said Ukrainians need spiritual strength as much as ever as they mark one year since Russia’s full-scale invasion of their country.
For months, the Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection in Kyiv was a refuge for more than 200 people. They made the basement a shelter against air attacks. In those days, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk walked around in a bulletproof vest and a helmet, trying to comfort the afflicted.
Major Archbishop Shevchuk said: ‘Bring the devil to light and we will overcome.’
Citing official statistics, Major Archbishop Shevchuk said there were more deaths among civilians than the military.
The besieged city of Mariupol is known as the ‘City of Mary.’
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk issued a video message as Ukraine entered ‘the second week of this horrible war.’
“Today I ask everyone who will listen to us, everyone who will hear our voice from our bleeding Kyiv: fight for peace,” the Ukrainian Catholic leader said.