Santa Claus cardinal in Ukraine serves as conscience of the nation

KIEV — When millions of pro-democracy Ukrainians launched what they called the “Revolution of Dignity” in November 2013, which led to the fall of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych and resulted in about 100 deaths in just 48 hours, the country’s Greek Catholic Church gave its blessing.

In the background was 81-year-old Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, the former leader of the Greek Catholic Church and, despite being a lion in winter, still a critical voice of conscience in Ukrainian life.

Months after the revolution, a fragile cease-fire between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces could unravel at any moment. Even more lives may be at risk this winter as the country scrambles to make up for lost Russian gas, and those living in regions of the country still at war struggle to defend their homes against the cold.

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