Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, has written an open letter to the Ukrainian people, on behalf of the Church in Australia regarding the recent events in Ukraine.
'We are shocked and saddened to see the events that have been unfolding on the streets of Kyiv, Ukraine, over the past few months. This tragic loss of life and the inexcusable violence has no place in a free and democratic society,' he wrote.
'The Catholic Church in Australia stands with all Ukrainians of good will in praying for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.'
Archbishop Hart added that during 'the last two months we have seen the vast numbers of Ukrainians gathered in the Majdan in Kyiv standing as faithful witnesses to faith, human dignity and the democratic process which are fundamental for a good and peaceful society.
'The images of so many priests and religious ministering to their faithful on the squares and streets of Kyiv remind us of the Good Shepherd always tending the flock entrusted to his care. '
LETTER IN FULL
Letter from Archbishop Denis Hart to the Ukrainian People (The Australia Catholic Bishops Conference)