This is a key weekend in Ukraine, with the controversial referendum in Crimea. I urge the faithful of the Diocese in Europe to continue to pray for the country and her peoples. On behalf of the diocesan family I sent the following message to the congregation of Christ Church Kiev today.
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Congregation of Christ Church, Kiev
I want to assure you of the continuing prayers of the people of the Diocese in Europe for the return to peace and stability in the Ukraine. We pray for all who are making efforts to bring a resolution to the divisions, through diplomatic means and dialogue, so that there can be an end to violence and threat. We pray for all Church leaders who are making calls for peace and the building of a new spirit of peace and harmony in the country.
This weekend is going to be a significant one with the referendum in Crimea. We pray that the outcome will honour the democratic desires of the people of the region, and show the path towards reconciliation, away from confrontation, dangerous polarisation and division, and that the rights of all may be respected, whatever the outcome.
In these tense, uncertain and difficult times, and we send you our fraternal love, and pray that God will strengthen your spirits and give you hope.
In Christ Jesus