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Whether big or small, each of the order’s houses or convents has been turned into a point of refuge for the neediest:
So far, thousands of people have found refuge and some respite there on their way to other countries in western Europe.
The war is “not a conflict between our two peoples.” People living in Russia have no access to complete information, “therefore, many of them support the Russian government.”
The classrooms in this school have been converted to dormitories which can take up to 100 people. They have been living here for several days and one of the things they are most grateful for is not having to be afraid of falling asleep.
“There is brotherly solidarity here, people help each other out. When someone is down, sad, and afraid, somebody else isn’t doing so badly and helps out.”
“On March 6 it became clear that the frontline was drawing closer to the place where we were, the explosions became increasingly louder, and with shorter intervals.”
“I would like to share with you my joy over the initiative of Pope Francis to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
In the precious and historical monastery of the Exaltation of the Cross, in Buchach, the Basilian priests have also provided refuge for internally displaced people. For centuries, this institution, some 50 miles outside Kyiv, has been at the center of the life of the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine.
This school is one of the places where the Ukrainian Greek Catholic archdiocese has been housing the newly arrived refugees. Sofia’s father stayed behind in Brovary to defend his house and his country. Despite the danger, he feels a little more at peace knowing that his family is safe.
“The diocesan curia team with priests, nuns and lay persons has delivered water, food, and medication to different places, where it was needed and possible to reach. The diocesan staff also helps in evacuating people from dangerous places,”