Metropolitan Onuphry calls for Pascha ceasefire for prayer and humanitarian procession to Mariupol

Kiev, April 21, 2022     

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine issued a statement today proposing a prayerful procession to Mariupol that could bring necessary humanitarian aid and carry out the wounded and departed.

The Ukrainian primate called for a ceasefire from Holy Friday through Pascha to allow for such a procession.

His statement reads in full:

I am deeply saddened by what is happening in the city of Mariupol these days. The feeling of heartache prompts on the eve of the main Christian feast—the Resurrection of Christ—to pay attention to the need to save those who, remaining in the long-suffering Mariupol, find themselves in a humanitarian catastrophe. To this day, a large number of civilians remain within the city, including many children and the elderly. Wounded servicemen need urgent medical care. The bodies of the dead must be handed over to their families for proper burial.

In this regard, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, with the help of the episcopate, clergy, monks, and faithful, is ready to organize a prayer procession from Orikhiv, Zaporozhye Province, to the Azovstal plant in Mariupol to provide emergency assistance and evacuate civilians. The march could also take out wounded soldiers and take away the bodies of the dead.

We appeal to all those upon whom it depends, and we ask to ensure a ceasefire in the city of Mariupol and its surrounding and provide a humanitarian corridor for this prayer procession to pass through in the period from Holy Friday (April 22, 2022) to the Resurrection of Christ (April 24, 2022).

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Ioann5/1/2022 8:37 pm
Mariupol civilian evacuation begins to Ukraine and Russia-held territories…What happened to the prayer procession?
Johan Smit4/24/2022 11:58 pm
Dear Fellow Christians, Christ, King of Peace Has Risen. Alleluia. What is happening in Ukraine is a huge tragedy. It is not what Christ Jesus wants. Peter, put your sword away... Yes, Russia, Bielarus and Ukraine are connected. in believing, sharing, faith, love, hope in freedom Not by heavy bombardments. Please , let us walk after Jesus. No war, Jesus, MIR Johan Smit 68y, retired nurse, Amsterdam
Ioann4/22/2022 2:07 pm
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and All-Ukraine is a GOOD SHEPHERD and follows the example of his Lord: "“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep...I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep." (Gospel of St. John, Chapter 10)
Maximus4/22/2022 6:18 am
His Beatitude Onufriy is a true pastor of Christ's Church.
Marina koulomzin4/22/2022 2:41 am
Wonderful plan.
Ioann4/21/2022 6:01 pm
Please oh please, Putinist Nationalists, do not accuse His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of having been taken in by Western propaganda and the mainstream media cabal of globalists! I believe his calling, his life, and his ministry are in the real world suffering of the millions that are his flock in the country of Ukraine. He is a Real Shepherd not a chairborne ranger, not a keyboard warrior crusader.
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