Canadian Parliament Unanimously Honours Metropolitan Sheptytsky

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Metropolitan Sheptytsky visiting Canada

The heads of various religious communities of Ukraine – Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim – visited Ottawa for a conference on April 25 honouring the legacy of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from 1901 to 1941. Then Canada’s Parliament that same day unanimously approved a motion recognizing the metropolitan’s deeds.

The motion reads:

“Whereas Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (1865-1944) of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, was the leader of Western Ukraine’s largest faith group during the period of the Second World War; and

“Whereas in the darkest period of Europe’s history, with the deepening horrors of the mass murder of Jews in their homelands in Eastern Europe under German occupation during World War II, he spoke out eloquently against anti-Jewish violence and urged his congregants in a famous homily: ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill;’ and

“Whereas leaders and representatives of all Ukraine’s major faith communities—Christian, Jewish, and Muslim—are visiting Canada to acknowledge Metropolitan Sheptytsky’s good works; and

“Whereas Metropolitan Sheptytsky acted to shelter and rescue Jews, saving over 160, including some present with us in Ottawa today;

“This House is united in expressing Canada’s recognition of Andrey Sheptytsky’s courageous actions, compassion for his oppressed Jewish Ukrainian countrymen, and enduring example of commitment to fundamental human rights as humankind’s highest obligation,” concludes the text.

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