Showing posts with label Ukraine Conflict. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ukraine Conflict. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Kiev Catholic Archbishop: Melt Down Weapons For Bells

"I have asked the Lord to melt down all tanks and guns, which are now killing the Ukrainians, and make them into church bells."

Kiev ( The head of the Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine united to Rome, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, calls for the destruction of weapons in Ukraine. "I have asked the Lord to melt down all tanks and guns, now killing the Ukrainians, and make them into church bells," Shevchuk said, according to the Ukrainian press service RISU (Monday) at the consecration of a church bell in Hungary. This should follow the Hungarian model, to be made of cannons, a "peace bell" Ukraine.

The Kiev bishop presented such a bell on the border with Ukraine in the Hungarian city of Mariapocs at a service of the Greek Catholic Sanctuary. It should ring peace in Europe and Ukraine, he said. In the First and Second World War, tens of thousands of Church bells had been melted down to make them into weapons. (C) 2015 Catholic News Agency KNA GmbH. All rights reserved. Link to Trans: Tancred AMDG

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

East Ukraine: Russian Orthodox Firing on Protestants

Christians from Germany visited oppressed evangelical churches

Slavjansk / Schorndorf ( idea ) National Russian Orthodox circles have also become involved in the fighting in eastern Ukraine. They have attacked targeted Protestants. This was reported by former entrepreneur Karl Schock (Schorndorf near Stuttgart) after a trip to the region. The 80-year-old visited, together with the Eastern European missionary, Hugo Kleinknecht (Tostedt near Hamburg) and a translator to six municipalities in Slavjansk and Kramatorsk belonging to the Ukrainian Pentecostal union. In eastern Ukraine, since September 5, a ceasefire has been in effect. "We wanted to be the first Christian group immediately after the armed conflict, after the liberation of the oppressed communities, to convey our support and assistance," said Schock to the Protestant News Agency, idea. The separatists, who had attacked Slavjansk, have been composed, among others, of Russian Orthodox radicals and regular Russian soldiers.

An Orthodox priest allowed shooting from his church

An Orthodox priest named Vitaly had set up an ammunition dump in his church and allowed firing at houses. In addition, he had caused the destruction of two factories of Protestant entrepreneurs. Here people were severely injured. On the same evening Russian television had accused the Ukrainian army, of being responsible for the attacks. The troops were not even involved at this point in the fighting.

All evangelical pastors and church leaders had to flee or fear for their lives and had been robbed in part. In the battles alone, 200 civilians were killed. The occasion for the solidarity trip was the murder of four Ukrainian Christians by radical nationalist, Russian Orthodox separatists on 8 June.

The victims are the deacons, Vladimir Velitschko (father of eight children) and Viktor Barodinsky (three children) and two sons of the church leader Alexander Pavenko, Ruben (three children) and Albert (single). They have been exhumed said Schock, later with 15 other victims from a mass grave and buried at the memorial of the Revolution in the center of Slavjansk.

The wife of the President of Ukraine, Marina Poroshenko, have laid down flowers there a few weeks ago with a silent prayer flowers for the martyrs [sic]. Germans can afford to contribute to the reconciliation in view of the conflict Schock said: "The long history of unholy alliances between nationalist power politics and regime-supporting ideology - where here the Russian Orthodox claim to be the sole representation - repeats itself tragically. Germany has to make an important contribution to reconciliation through its experience with totalitarian regimes here."

Link to Kathnet... Trans: Tancred