2017-11-30 10:14:00

Patriarch Kirill concerned about attempts to legalize religious discrimination in Ukraine

Moscow, November 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said in his report at the Bishops' Council in Moscow he is concerned about the observance of religious freedom in Ukraine.

"Attempts by some political forces to interfere in the internal life of the Church, prevent registration of its communities, and legalize religious discrimination cause special concerns," he said.

In this regard, Metropolitan Onufry (the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate), the bishops, the clergy and all children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church "really need special prayers," the patriarch said.

"The events that occurred in the past few years confirm that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church remains the only force capable of uniting Ukrainian society. The brave, balanced position of its hierarchs, which prevents the church from being involved in the conflict on any of its sides, is yielding its good fruit," Patriarch Kirill said.

"The efforts of the Church to release prisoners are yielding their fruit, considerable humanitarian assistance is being provided to Donbass civilians hurt by the fighting," he said.

The peacekeeping work done by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church shows its love for Ukraine and its true patriotism, the patriarch said.