2015-08-24 17:11:00

Patriarch Kirill hopes for interaction between Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Ukrainian authorities in interests of society

Moscow, August 24, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has congratulated Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko on Independence Day.

In his address, which was published on the website of the Moscow Patriarchate on Monday, the patriarch pointed out the special role played by the Orthodox Church in the life of Ukraine and expressed hopes for "good interaction between public bodies and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the interests of the stability of the Ukrainian society."

The patriarch said the church continues to call on people who have different views and aspirations "to accord mutual forgiveness and joint work for the good of the common motherland."