April 25, 2012

Parliament of Canada Unanymously Passes Motion recognizing works of Metropolitan Sheptytsky!!!

At shortly after 3:00 p.m. today, the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada unanimously approved the following historic motion introduced by Minister Jason Kenney recognizing the deeds of Metropolitan Sheptytsky:
Whereas Metropolitan Andriy 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 denominations—Christian,  Jewish, and Muslim—are visiting Canada to acknowledge Metropolitan Sheptytsky's good works; and

Whereas Metropolitan Sheptystky acted to shelter and rescue Jews, saving over 160, including some present with us in this House today;

This House is united in expressing Canada's recognition of Andriy 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.