Archbishop John Wilson spoke to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales after preaching at the Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in London on Sunday 27th February 2022.
"The Gospel today in the Ukrainian liturgy is the gospel of the Last Judgment. Whatever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do it to me, said the Lord Jesus. We must hear these words. They must cut into our heart.
"They're not just words for Christians, they're words for any decent person, that what we're doing to others, we're doing to Christ. We are misusing the gifts that we have to build up for peace by destroying through war. And so this must cease.
"This is the message of Christ, this is the message of every right-thinking person - every right-thinking nation. We must say no to war, we must say yes to peace and we must pray. We can feel powerless when we look on. We can give material support. We need to do that individually and as nations and governments, but as believers, as disciples of Christ. We must pray. We must pray that hearts that are full of war are broken, broken open to embrace peace.
With thanks to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
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Following a powerful statement from Archbishop John Wilson last Friday, in which he described the invasion of Ukraine as an "an outrage before God", Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski invited him to preach at the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Holy Family, London on Sunday 27th February 2022. The Cathedral was exceptionally full as Ukrainians joined in heartfelt prayer for loved ones, many of whom who are still in the country.