Friday, April 27, 2012

Government pays tribute to former Ukrainian Catholic leader

Metropolitan Sheptytsky spoke courageously spoke against violence against Jews during WWII
Religious leaders from Ukraine leave the House of Commons via the Peace Tower entrance April 24. They were part of a delegation that visited Parliament Hill as part of a ceremony to recognize the work of Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky. Deborah Gyapong / CCN.
The B.C. Catholic has a story from CCN's Ottawa watchdog Deborah Gyapong, profiling a historic parliament motion for a beloved Ukrainian Catholic leader: 
As religious leaders from Ukraine sat in the gallery, on Apr. 24 the House of Commons passed unanimously a motion honoring Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (1865-1944) for his courageous efforts to save Jews during the Nazi occupation.

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s motion said Sheptytsky, who headed the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from 1900 until his death in 1944, courageously spoke out against violence against Jews and sheltered and saved the lives of more than 160, many of them children.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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