Pastoral letter calling for prayer, fasting and action for Ukraine

The war in Ukraine rages on with no end in sight, claiming the lives of thousands of innocent children, men and women, with millions more on the move as refugees in search of safety, food, shelter, clothing and medicine, in addition to the destruction of countless homes, schools, hospitals and business. As winter approaches, hundreds of thousands of people will have no heat in their homes, with energy being used as a weapon of punishment. Ukraine and its people are in crisis. Like the Holodomor-Genocide, the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, which claimed the lives of millions of people in Ukraine when the Soviet Union deliberately and methodically starved as many as one-quarter of the Ukrainian population, today’s war in Ukraine by foreign aggressors has as its intent to erase the identity and history of the Ukrainian people – a genocide in the making. In light of the recent intensified attacks, let us renew our attention on the plight of the people of Ukraine in an effort to continue to “Stand with Ukraine.” In particular, let us renew our efforts to pray, fast, and act. Read the full pastoral letter at 

Ukrainian refugees warming up in a tent. (Source: Philipp Spalek/Caritas Germany, Caritas internationalis)