The Ukrainian Archbishop of Philadelphia fears that the Russian invasion will again lead to the suppression of Catholicism in Ukraine, worrying that leading Catholic figures are on a “hit list.”
Those watching the situation in Ukraine should “pray, be informed and help” through organizations like Aid to the Church in Need, he said. They should also remember that Vladimir Putin was formed under the KGB and that Russian Orthodoxy has become captive to an ideology of the “Russian world.”
“We pray for the defenders of Ukraine,” Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia said March 5. “We pray for the people, for the refugees. We pray for the conversion of Vladimir Putin. We pray that as we begin Lent and go through it to your resurrection, we realize that every crucifixion is lived in you.”
His prayer came in an interview via Zoom with George Marlin, chairman of Aid to the Church in Need – USA. Aid to the Church in Need, founded in 1947, is an international Catholic charity that supports both pastoral and humanitarian work. It presently backs more than 5,000 projects in 149 countries, and has been active in Ukraine for 74 years.