Ukrainska präster lyckas hindra våldsamma sammandrabbningar


Ukraina upplever just nu en turbulent tid, där man befarar att en inbördeskrig kan bryta ut. Ukrainska präster använder därför sina kroppar och bönen som barriär, för att hindra våldsamma sammandrabbningar mellan demonstranter och polis. Prästerna har valt att inte ställa sig vid någon sida i konflikten utan ber för fredliga lösningar. 

Genom att ta skift har de lyckats hindra flera potentiellt våldsamma konflikter. Fader Alipy, en rysk ortodox präst uppdaterade sin facebook med:

“I just came home to change my clothes and warm myself. I am writing quickly. That is because at midnight I must return to the Maidan, which has turned all of its aggression to Grushevsky Street. From 14:00 I stood with the brothers of Desyatina Monastery at their prayer post. After 18:00 Fr. Victor, secretary of the diocese, and Fr. Giorgy, press secretary, arrived. They took my place. I am grateful to them for that, because my neck muscles stiffened.
You can’t even imagine how important it is for the clergy to stand there!
So many people came up to us (even people in masks!—secretly) and thanked us for standing there. They were surprised that we were from the Moscow Patriarchate [as opposed to the schismatic “Ukrainian Patriarchate”—ed.]. I will write quickly: my teeth are still chattering, but I have to go back.”