- May 24, 2020
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Greek Catholic Church Ukraine says the country’s bloody conflict boils down to a contest between Ukraine’s desire to step forward into Europe, and Russia’s desire to step back into the Soviet Union.
Upon hearing that thousands of people in the Ukraine joined the funeral procession of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, Pope Francis sent a second message of condolence to the cardinal’s successor saying that he was “one of the highest and most respected moral authorities of the Ukrainian people in recent decades.”
Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, the former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, died on Wednesday at the age of 84 after having inherited a church “on its knees” in the post-Soviet period and leading it through a renaissance. Eerily reminiscent of St. Nicholas, the prototype for Santa Claus, Husar is being remembered as a sage and moral hero.