Archbishop Heße: “Church stands by the side of the refugees”.

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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

Kirche - Hamburg: Stefan Heße, Erzbischof von Hamburg, spricht während der Abschiedsfeier für die Karmelitinnen in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. Foto: Jonas Walzberg/dpa
Stefan Heße, Archbishop of Hamburg, speaks during the farewell ceremony for the Carmelite nuns in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. Photo: Jonas Walzberg/dpa (Photo: dpa)

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 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.

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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.

source: sueddeutsche

Salih Demir

Salih Demir lives in Germany. He is interested in politics and economy. Germany editor of -ancient idea- fikrikadim.com

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