Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav greeted President of the Catholic Scouts of Europe in Ukraine, Mr. Volodymyr Ivanov, and the entire Federation of Scouts of Europe on holding their Federal Council in Ukraine on October 5-6, 2019.The Federal Council is the supreme governing body of the Federation and aims to consolidate and spread the Scout movement throughout Ukraine and Eastern Europe as a whole.
This event will be held in Ukraine for the first time and will be attended by the Federal Bureau as well as representatives of all Scout associations of the world: regional presidents, national secretaries and national chaplains.
The Head of the Church thanked the Catholic Scouts of Europe for their invitation to participate in the Federal Council and expressed regret that he could not be physically present.
“I sincerely congratulate all our guests on our Ukrainian land: the local presidents, national secretaries and chaplains, all who came to attend this honorable meeting. I wish you that the time in Ukraine be fruitful for you to have good meetings, make new acquaintances, look for solutions that will contribute to the development of Catholic scouting,”the Primate wished in the letter.
His Beatitude Sviatoslav noted this European movement has taken root in our country and is well received by young people.
“Try to leave this world a little better than you found it,” the Head of the Church recalled these simple yet profound words left behind by Robert Biden Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement, which never lose their relevance. Only people who are passionate about doing good can change this world for the better.
“I rejoice in your presence and thank God for your loyalty to the Scout Oath. In my opinion, it is important to remind you of the specific task that righteous father Jacques Sevan added to the methodology of Scout education – to work with the Church and in the Church to spread the Kingdom of God,” said the Primate.
“Keeping an example of your predecessors in mind, don’t be afraid to set high goals. Do not be afraid of challenges – remember that our Lord Jesus Christ is with you, to Whom you have given the word of oath. “Wish great things!” urged our confessor of faith and servant of God Patriarch Josyf Slipyj, showing on a personal example that a person who is faithful to Christian values is able to withstand unbelievable suffering and emerge victorious in difficult trials,” said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.