News from Ukraine. Sunday March 8. Jarosław Krawiec, OP

Calling Fr. Misha in Fastiv today is almost a miracle. So far I have not succeeded. No wonder, it’s Sunday and the war … but also his birthday. So I’m counting on a miracle.

 

Dear Sisters, Dear Brothers,

On the first Sunday of Lent, the Year of the Holy Cross, proclaimed by Roman Catholic bishops, began in Ukraine. But in fact, its beginning was on February 24, on a Thursday after 4:00, when the first Russian missiles hit Ukraine. “Now as never before – our shepherds write today – we understand Christ on the way of the cross.”

On Saturday, most of us got involved in shopping and helping those who were badly hit by the war. It takes a lot of time and energy. Father Oleksandr, borrowed from Caritas by bus, together with volunteers transported people from Irpien. This city, located several kilometers northwest of Kiev, was bombed and destroyed by the Russians. Over the last few years it has developed a lot and, like Kyiv, it attracted young people and families. Today, a large part of the inhabitants of Irpien have been left homeless. As soon as the fighting in that area ceased, the municipal authorities and volunteers rushed to help these people.

On the first Sunday of Lent, the Year of the Holy Cross, proclaimed by Roman Catholic bishops, began in Ukraine. But in fact, its beginning was on February 24, on a Thursday after 4:00, when the first Russian missiles hit Ukraine. “Now as never before – our shepherds write today – we understand Christ on the way of the cross.”

On Saturday, most of us got involved in shopping and helping those who were badly hit by the war. It takes a lot of time and energy. Father Oleksandr, borrowed from Caritas by bus, together with volunteers transported people from Irpien. This city, located several kilometers northwest of Kiev, was bombed and destroyed by the Russians. Over the last few years it has developed a lot and, like Kyiv, it attracted young people and families. Today, a large part of the inhabitants of Irpien have been left homeless. As soon as the fighting in that area ceased, the municipal authorities and volunteers rushed to help these people.

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