» 02/13/2015, 00.00
In Minsk a fragile agreement. Onufra, Metropolitan of Kiev asks for prayers and cancels Carnival festivities
A cease-fire will start from February 15, a last bid for a political solution to the conflict. The Primate of the Ukrainian Church, faithful to the Moscow Patriarchate, calls for repentance and prayer: Christians should not kill each other.
Moscow (AsiaNews) - The
primate of the Ukrainian Church,
faithful to the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Onufra (Berezovsky) of
Kiev, has appealed for an end to the war and
during Carnival will replace the traditional festivities with fasting
A fragile accord was signed yesterday in Minsk by political leaders.
It entails a ceasefire from
February 15 and the beginning of
the disarmament of the front lines,
a desirable prelude to dialogue between Kiev
and pro-Russian separatists.
The Church for its part has urged "all
those who call themselves Christians to
immediately stop killing each other". "There are dozens of
victims among combatants and civilians every
a day - denounced
Onufra, in his message for the anniversary of the Maidan protests in Kiev - and the worst thing is that they include women,
children and the elderly".
The Orthodox primate recalled that a year ago on the square in Kiev, the symbol of the protest against the then President Viktor Yanukovichi Kiev,
a hundred people were killed in clashes with security forces. "Those victims have
become the beginning of an even
greater tragedy which has written an even bloodier page
in Ukrainian history this past year," said Onufra.
with thousands of widows and orphans, inconsolable
mothers of the best sons of Ukraine,
who have died in the eastern regions
of the country, together with all the
needy and disabled, together with those who have lost their homes, we pray to God to give wisdom
and love Christian to those on both sides of this terrible
bloodshed, "reads the message.
Recalling that this week is Carnival week (in Russian it is called 'maslenitsa'), which precedes Lent, Onufra announced
that the Ukrainian Church has
canceled all of the
festivities, which usually take
place during this period. "I
appeal to the representatives of the
world of art and culture, mass
media and all compatriots
to adhere to this initiative - he concluded -
now is not the time for fun and entertainment, it is a time for prayer and fasting, a time for
remission of sins for the future of our Ukraine and her
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