- Who will inherit the earth?
World leaders meet in Paris on Monday for the latest round of talks on reducing carbon emissions. Differences between rich and poor countries threaten the search for solutions
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Pope in Africa: Corruption is present in all parts of life 'including the Vatican', Francis tells young people
- Pope praises “ecumenism of blood” of Anglican and Catholic martyrs in Uganda
- Francis arrives in Uganda calling for transparent governance
- Pope in Africa: Francis goes to the slums and denounces faceless elites who exclude the poor
- Pope in Africa: Francis' trip to Africa the most profound of messages to climate change conference in Paris Christopher Lamb in Nairobi
- Any peace plan for Syria must involve a secular society - and that means Assad is an option John Eibner
- Depriving Isis of a home is key to victory, but the West must avoid humiliating Muslims in defeat Clifford Longley
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said the Government has threatened his Church over its involvement in the pro-EU protests in Kiev that have escalated into violence.
Opposition leaders were due to meet the Government today, a day after two people were killed in clashes with police, the first reported deaths in the months-long protests that have followed President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to distance the country from the European Union.
Some Greek Catholic clergy have been involved the opposition protests, celebrating Masses in Independence Square, where hundreds have been injured in the past week.
Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said he received a warning from the Ukrainian Culture Ministry saying that priests needed official permission for worship services in public places such as Kiev’s Independence Square, otherwise the Church’s official registration could be reviewed.
Archbishop Shevchuk said the Greek Catholic Church is not involved in politics but “cannot stand aloof when believers ask it for spiritual assistance”.
He added that the only way to resolve the political crisis in Ukraine was an honest and open dialogue, and that such a dialogue would have to be based on the Government's willingness to listen to the people.
While most of the Ukrainian Churches publicly support the European integration of Ukraine, some Roman Catholic bishops have recently criticised the leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for going too far in its support of the Ukrainian pro-European opposition and for forgetting about the country´s Russian population.