Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski has thanked Britons for their generosity and support for ‘their Ukrainian sisters and brothers’ -but says he ‘can’t bring good news.’
Bishop Nowakowski, Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, the UK ‘diocese’ of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, has become a spokesperson since the war started and a familiar face to UK Catholics and citizens. He outlined the scale of the support for Ukrainians from the British public in a video message.
“It has been many, many months since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian forces on 24th February 2022. Since then, over 180,000 Ukrainians have entered into the United Kingdom, fleeing harm’s way, and over 80,000 ordinary British people have opened their homes and their hearts to providing a safe place, shelter and kindness,” he said.
“Unfortunately, I can’t bring you good news. The war is not over yet. We still need your prayers and your help.”
The considerable humanitarian effort from the Catholic church has come from, amongst others, CAFOD, CSAN and the Ukrainian Welcome Centre. The archdiocese of Liverpool has also made substantial contributions through its #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal, having made several visits to partner parishes in Ukraine to deliver essential goods and raising over £136,000.
Bishop Nowakowski paid tribute to the supplies of ‘much-needed humanitarian aid and pastoral care’.
“Our bishops, both Ukrainian Catholic and Roman Catholic, and organisations like Caritas and St Vincent de Paul, continue to work very closely with each other in supplying much-needed humanitarian aid and pastoral care,” he said, adding a plea for continued support.
“I would encourage all of you, if you can, to continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine (and) to support those who have already arrived here. And if you can make contributions to CAFOD, partnering with Caritas Ukraine, to provide humanitarian aid,” he said.
The #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal is still open to donations: www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/donate