The Special Representative for Refugee Issues of the German Bishops’ Conference, Hamburg’s Archbishop Stefan Heße, has promised church support to the people who have fled from Ukraine
Hamburg (dpa) – The special representative for refugee issues of the German Bishops’ Conference, Hamburg’s Archbishop Stefan Heße, has promised church support to the people who have fled Ukraine. “There is war in Europe again – this terrible truth was written on the faces of many people I met in the Ukrainian-Polish border area. I assured those seeking protection and those in need that the Church stands by their side, with practical help and in prayer,” Heße said after his five-day solidarity trip to Poland and Ukraine.
- The assassination that shook the world: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dies
- Statement from Mark Zuckerberg: We listened to you!
- Restarting Life After Divorce in the Elderly
The main focus of the trip was the meeting with Ukrainian war displaced persons as well as with people who are active in the church’s refugee aid on a full-time and voluntary basis. In several refugee shelters in southeastern Poland and western Ukraine, the Special Envoy met with people seeking protection. “The many forms of support provided by the Catholic Church in Germany receive great recognition in Ukraine. I am pleased that the aid is reaching here and alleviating people’s distress,” Archbishop Heße noted.
In addition to the churches’ commitment to the refugees, the political situation was also discussed. “With all the burdens and challenges: The will of Ukrainians to defend the independence of their country is unbroken. As part of the European family, Ukrainians are fighting for freedom and self-determination. The churches stand together for the restoration of a just peace order in Ukraine,” the archbishop said.