According to Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, the fact that a couple of buildings were occupied shows that the demonstrators are still acting very delicately. The government should thank God that the people behave as they do because it could be worse. This the hierarch said in an interview to EuroMaidan activist Anastasia Kinzerska, commenting on the current difficult situation in Ukraine.
“The community of the Ukrainian Catholic University declares civil disobedience against the president and his government and, together with Euromaidan and – we believe – all the Ukrainian people, seeks the immediate resignation of the current government, the formation of an interim government, and the declaration of early elections for all governmental bodies.”
About one o'clock on December 11 security forces began removing the barricades that had been placed by the protesters near the Maidan (Independence Square) in Kyiv. People defended the protesters’ camp. By morning, their number had increased to about 15,000.
Permanent Synod of Bishops of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, led by the head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav expressed concern over the actions of police and military units at the Independence Square at night from 10 to 11 December 2013, expressed their support and solidarity with the protesters and condemned the actions aimed at limiting the civil rights.
Today you have not only a chance, but also a great responsibility – everyone who knows someone who is in a uniform must help him come round.
The Conference of the Polish Catholic bishops sent Ukrainians "words of prayer and solidarity with the Ukrainian people in the present moment, which has such historical significance ."
On December 2 the Ukrainian Catholic University released a statement on the provocations on the EuroMaidan in Kyiv.
The government has driven us over the edge. The nation feels this very, very strongly, is fired up – the people have been mobilized to support their fundamental interests, to support their freedom
The Obnova Ukrainian Association of Catholic Students is organizing a continuous prayer for Ukraine, for its European choice.
Pope Francis greeted Ukrainian pilgrims on Monday who celebrating the 50th anniversary of the translation of the relics of St. Josaphat to St. Peter’s Basilica. The delegation was led by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, leader of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Radio Vatican informs.
Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk is in solidarity with those who all over Ukraine went to EuroMaidan to voice their European aspirations. The patriarch, however, warns against any bloodshed.
The Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) is deeply concerned about the government’s reusal to sign the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
A Ukrainian National Congress of heads and clergy of lay communities and organizations of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was held on November 18 in Lviv. The event was initiated by representatives of the UGCC Commission for the Laity.
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic parish of the Holy Trinity in Vilnius on November 28, the day of the EU-Ukraine summit, will hold a special prayer for Ukraine, said Fr. Vinkentiy Yanitsky, superior of the Vilnius Basilian Monastery.
Ukrainians abroad commemorated the victims of the Holodomor on the 80th anniversary of the tragedy. In France, a memorial Hierarchical Liturgy was celebrated in the Notre Dame Cathedral, and in the United States, a memorial service at the St. Nicholas Cathedral in Chicago as well as a commemorative event in downtown Chicago were held.
From November 11 to 15 the fourth retreat of Catholic Bishops of both rites was held in Bryukhovychi near Lviv at the UGCC Retreat Center. The meeting was attended by, among others, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops of Ukraine Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, and Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine Archbishop Thomas Edward Gullickson.
On November 23 at the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Rome, bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the 1932-1933 Holodomor at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Requiem for the victims of this great tragedy, which will be celebrated by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the UGCC.