Delegation from Ukraine visited the National Prayer Breakfast with the U.S. President
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Washington, D.C. – The 63th National Prayer Breakfast, which was attended by about 3 thousand guests from around the world, including Ukraine, took place on February 6, 2015, the Institute for Religious Freedom reports.
Following the tradition, President of the U.S. Barack Obama delivered the speech to the participants of the event.
"Whatever our beliefs, whatever our traditions, we must seek to be instruments of peace, and bringing light where there is darkness, and sowing love where there is hatred," – said President Obama.
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He went on to explain how, although faith is constantly inspiring people to help others across the world, it is being "twisted and distorted" by some who use it as a wedge and sometimes as a weapon.
Also a traditional 10th Ukrainian Prayer Breakfast supported by the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, D.C. was held in the U.S. capital within the framework of the event.
Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret and representatives of evangelical churches, deputies of Ukraine, public figures and journalists from Ukraine, U.S. Congressmen, members of the parliaments of European countries and activists of the Ukrainian Diaspora of America participated in this event.
Everyone present prayed for peace in Ukraine, for God's protection and prosperity of the Ukrainian people, as well as for a peaceful life for all nations.
Ukraine's Ambassador to the U.S. Oleksandr Motsyk delivering his speech thanked the United States for its support of Ukraine's aspirations for freedom, democracy and religious freedom, and invited all to join in prayer for Ukraine and for its peace-loving people.
As the IRF reported, a day before a roundtable on the topic of religious persecution in the occupied territories of Ukraine took place in the building of the U.S. Congress.
© 2015 The Institute for Religious Freedom, Ukraine