Hong Kong's Bishop Stephen Chow Sau Yan called Catholics to pray for Ukraine.
"Russia's attacks on Ukraine are deeply disturbing to us,” says Hong Kong's Bishop Stephen Chow Sau Yan in a pastoral letter dated February 25.
Bishop Chow acknowledged the complexity of international politics but expressed deep sadness over the deaths of civilians and the destruction of homes.
The prelate said the manipulative actions of the military and political establishment are crushing "the hope for peace and stability" of the Ukrainian people, which declared independence from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991.
Despite fighting the fifth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the bishop said, "we cannot ignore the pain that another pandemic of egoism and hegemonic mentality is inflicting on our world."
“As citizens of the global village, our well-being is intimately linked. Our prayers go out to those in Hong Kong and around the world who are suffering from these two pandemics," he said.
The bishop asked people to pray that "God touches deeply the hearts of those with the power to help reverse this tragic trajectory and restore the hope for peace in our world."
Bishop Chow expressed, “the power of earnest prayers en masse can achieve what is beyond human imagination.”
The bishop also encouraged his people to "show caring support" to Ukrainians living in Hong Kong "and our friends who live in Ukraine."
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