Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Archbishops sign declaration of reconciliation

Polish and Ukrainian Catholics commemorate the anniversary of Volyn

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Ukraine (left) and Archbishop Jozef Michalik (right) of Poland signed joint declaration of reconciliation.

The Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk paid an official visit to the Republic of Poland to sign a declaration of reconciliation with the leader of the Polish Roman Catholic Episcopate, Archbishop Jozef Michalik. On June 27 the two archbishops participated in a memorial service to mark the 70th anniversary of the Volyn massacres.

“We are aware that only the truth can set us free, the truth, which does not beautify and does not omit, which does not pass over in silence, but leads to forgiveness,” today's statement reads.

“As leader of the Polish Episcopate, I carry the request for forgiveness from our Ukrainian brothers,” Archbishop Michalik stressed.

Full story available on the Religious Information Service of Ukraine.

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