On May 11th, 2019 there was a meeting with Kiko in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, where he encouraged the brothers of the countries that once belonged to the former Soviet Union, such as Russia itself, Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia and Estonia among many more. As it could not be otherwise, we decided to go on behalf of the Communities of Estonia with the families in mission in Tartu and Tallinn.
This pilgrimage lasted three days, from May10th to May 12th. On the first day, we visited some of Kiev’s tourist attractions, such as the St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Michael’s Church and the Freedom Square.
On Saturday morning we went to the Monastery of the Caves, where we had the opportunity to go down to the catacombs, which remain to this day and see a 21-meter-high iconostasis. At four o’clock in the afternoon we began to listen to the words of Kiko, Father Mario and Ascensión Romero (the international team of the Neocatechumenal Way) at the National Palace of Arts in Kiev, and as mentioned before, they were words of encouragement for a group of Christian evangelizers in an ex-communist, atheist and individualist world. The spirit spread was so great that about 130 young people and many families “rose” to make themselves available to the will of God. Following the meeting, we attended the Sunday Eucharist in the Catholic Church of San Alejandro.
On Sunday, we evangelized in the squares, together with some communities of Kiev. In this occasion, our seminarian Giosuè Schirru gave his experience publicly. Afterwards, some families welcomed us to spend the night, since we returned to Estonia the next morning.
It has been one more experience that strengthens our faith, thanks to the words given by the international itinerant team and thanks to the demonstration of communion that exists between Christians, whether from Poland, Russia, Spain or another country in the world. In the end, we must take into account that our homeland is the same, that our homeland is heaven.