The Head of the UGCC in Fatima consecrated Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Monday, 24 October 2016
“We are in the unique miraculous place of the apparition of Our Lady, which holds a message and a spiritual call to open the mystery of ecclesiastical history of the whole mankind, and, in particular, the history of our nation. Since we, as no one, when hearing the words about those apparitions of the Mother of God at Fatima, understand that, first and foremost, it’s about us, especially about those who are suffering from the war.”
This was said by the Head and Father of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) His Beatitude Sviatoslav in his homily during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on October 23 in Fatima, while addressing Ukrainian pilgrims, who arrived there from Portugal, Italy and Spain. The Head of the Church was joined by Bishops of the Synod of the UGCC and other representatives of Eastern Catholic Churches of Europe.
“Imagine that a hundred years ago this was a remote and desolate stony place, where little shepherds herded their sheep into a pasture, – he went on. – And it was to them, those illiterate children, that the Mother of God spoke to. She asked them what Jesus Christ asked His first Apostles for.”
So the Most Holy Virgin Mary called a man to the common work with God in the matter of saving mankind. Our Lady was looking for such an answer and such readiness to be with the Lord in His fight with evil, which were in those little shepherds. The first appeal, which she made to the children in order to save the world from war, was the following: “Are you willing to bear sufferings and sacrifice them for the offences caused to God by mankind? Would you like, by your prayer, repentance, sacrifice, and conversion, to save sinful souls from hell?” Those children said “Yes.”