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Ukraine: a call to prayer, fasting, and action

Pastoral letter of the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada

Montreal, Thursday, October 20, 2022 – In a pastoral letter, the Ukrainian Catholic bishops of Canada invite people to pray, fast, and act in support of their brothers and sisters in Ukraine. In the appeal, they invite parishioners to donate to several charitable organizations, including Aid to the Church in Need – Canada. 

In the three-page letter, they express the view that, like the crises the Ukrainian people have experienced in their history, including the Holodomor—also referred to as the Great Famine (1932-1933)—the intent of the current war is “to erase the identity and history of the Ukrainian people — a genocide in the making.”

They further write: “In light of the recent intensified attacks, let us renew our attention to 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.”


Last April, an ACN delegation received this flag drawn by a child refugee with his family in a Church building.

A simple way to say to Canadian ACN benefactors: Thank you!

Since the start of the war, Aid to the Church in Need (which has had project partners in Ukraine since 1953) has provided more than seven million dollars in aid to internally displaced people and refugees in Church-owned institutions—seminaries, schools, churches, chapels, monasteries—and has supported pastoral staff who accompany the population with sacraments and spiritual guidance, for which there is a growing demand.

Canadians have already donated over $367,000 to ACN Canada in support of these efforts. Please continue! Furthermore, please stay informed and pray for the Ukrainian people!

To donate: https://acn-canada.org/donate/

To read the pastoral letter: https://acn-canada.org/?p=48991

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