Myanmar priests reached the Catholics in the remote area amid the crises for the Christmas tour on December 28. Due to hard roads, priests seldom arrive there. There are no nearby homes, only two catholic families.
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, appealed for the release of Fathers Ivan Levytskyi and Bohdan Heleta, who were detained from their parish in Berdyansk in November.
Occurring annually on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests was established by Pope St. John Paul II in 2002 and encourages priests to reflect upon the importance and dignity of their vocation.
Pope Francis cited priests who have been working in the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, especially those who offered their lives with health workers, as “saints next door” during the Holy Thursday celebration in the Vatican.
Pope Francis prayed that priests would find the courage to visit those who are sick and offer accompaniment to health care professionals and volunteers working during the coronavirus epidemic while also keeping themselves and others safe.