German Conference of Catholic Bishops called on the international politicians to protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine
September 10, 2014
German Conference of Catholic Bishops called on the international politicians to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. In their appeal bishops said that according to the "Budapest Memorandum," the United States, Britain and Russia were the guarantors of the integrity of Ukraine. This was announced by the Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann, speaking at the opening of the regular session of the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Lviv on 8 September. Bishop Ackermann said that the Catholic Church in Germany supports Ukraine in its struggle for a free and fair country, "After 1991 when the Ukrainian state was formed, after the Orange Revolution in 2004, for the third time Ukrainians started the revolution of dignity in winter 2013/2014 striving for freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. " The representative of the German episcopate also noted that during the revolution of dignity Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church gained the respect and recognition far beyond national borders of native land. Spiritual and pastoral care of demonstrators in the Maidan will be remembered as its great merit. Bishop Ackermann assured Ukrainian bishops that the Catholic Church in Germany will continue to support the Church in Ukraine. The role of the Catholic Church as "a major player in the construction of civil society" in Ukraine and its activities on psychological care of victims of war cannot be overemphasized. Since 1991, the diocese of Trier, which is now headed by Stefan Ackermann supports various projects of the Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine, including the development of the local Caritas and the Malteser.