A cold, harsh reality for Ukraine
While we can look forward to warmer and sunnier weather over the next few months, it’s a different story in other parts of the world including war-ravaged Ukraine.
The cold winter months to come will be unforgiving, especially for Ukrainians who have had to endure 10 months of Russian bombardments.
Ukraine’s infrastructure including gas, electricity and water, in particular, have been badly affected by the constant Russian attacks.
Many Ukrainians will struggle to survive and keep warm in the freezing conditions, notably the young and elderly.
It has been an unjust and inexcusable war from the start and while the world has condemned Russia for its naked aggression, cries for peace have fallen on deaf ears. Pope Francis has joined world leaders in calling for a cessation to the Russian assault.
Meanwhile, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is supporting a special Advent appeal for the people of Ukraine. It follows a request from Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR, Eparch of Sts Peter and Paul for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia. There will be collections in dioceses, eparchies and parishes on the Second and/or Third Sunday of Advent with proceeds going to Mudra Sprava (Wise Action), a Patriarchal Charitable Foundation in Ukraine.
There are three focus areas: Evacuation of people from frontline territories; Food packages for people in need; and Shelters for internally displaced persons.
Further details at: www.catholic.au
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