Moscow, January 7, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said he is confident that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will overcome the hardships that it is facing now.
"Looking forward, I would like to say that the future [of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church] will certainly be good. Because the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is on the side of the light and the truth, God's truth. And everything that is opposing the Ukrainian Orthodox Church today is on the side of the darkness," the patriarch told the Rossiya-1 (VGTRK) TV channel in an interview on the occasion of Christmas.
The head of the Russian Church used the example of the assembly in Kiev, where the new church under the leadership of the Patriarchate of Constantinople had been established on December 15, to illustrate his words.
"So, the so-called unifying assembly took place in Ukraine. According to the puppeteers and the president of Ukraine, this assembly should have united everyone and established the Orthodox Church common for the entire Ukraine. But what happened? Simply two schismatic groups have united. And the Orthodox Church remained true to itself, a blessed, spiritual organism," Patriarch Kirill said.