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Ukrainian Council of Churches calls all believers to celebrate Easter at home

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Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations appeals to all believers not to neglect COVID-19 but to follow the instructions of their religious leaders and government decisions on the quarantine.

Full text of the UCCRO statement is below:

Communique

after the online meeting

between Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations

and National Police of Ukraine

Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations summing up the online meeting with the Head of the National Police of Ukraine, Igor Klymenko, and reminding of its Appeal regarding the coronavirus’ spreading prevention from March 16, 2020:

  • Expresses whole-hearted gratitude to physicians, police and all those who, risking their lives, serve their neighbors in this fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic;
  • Appeals to believers of every church and religious organization not to neglect coronavirus disease and not to give in to a seeming sense of security but to follow the instructions of their religious leaders and government decisions concerning Easter holidays celebration at home with your family so that everyone's faith was manifested in love to each other and everyone around!
  • We address to church ministers of all denominations to appeal to all members of their communities with a responsible message about the necessity of complying the quarantine prescriptions in order to minimize the risk of being infected and further spreading of the infection;
  • We address to everyone to continue praying for Ukraine, for people’s healing, for all medical staff, for defeating the coronavirus epidemic, economic recovery and our coming back to normal life.

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During the quarantine period, the Public Broadcaster of Ukraine decided to broadcast weekly the worship services and religious sermons of various denominations.

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