"Hello. This is Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski. I’m the Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of the Holy Family of London.
Today I’m speaking to you again, asking and thanking you all for your prayers for peace in Ukraine, as echoed by Pope Francis and also Patriarch Sviatoslav, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the world.
We are seeing the escalation of a war that has been waged for the last eight years in Ukraine, and we need prayers, we need calm and we need support.
I know that the Ukrainian community here in Great Britain is very appreciative of that solidarity. And as we communicate this solidarity to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, who are, of course, very concerned and worried at this time, it’s much appreciated.
So I ask you to continue to hold Ukraine in your prayers so that no more families have to mourn the loss of their sons and daughters in this war, both from the Ukrainian side and, of course, from the Russian side as well.
Thank you again, and may God bless all of you."
Reproduced from The Catholic Church Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
On this sad day for our Ukrainian and Russian brothers and sisters - and for the whole world, our colleague, Teri recalls travelling to Ukraine in 2011 to conduct palliative care training for Ministry of Health workers and training for faith-based drug rehabilitation workers in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Romania and Moldova.
These are some of the gifts given to her by the lovely people she worked with.