Friday, July 31, 2009

Patriarch Kirill outraged with oppressions against Orthodox believers in Western Ukraine

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has lamented that authorities of the Western Ukraine don't let Orthodox believers build churches there.

"Is it right that Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate doesn't have a proper cathedral in Lvov! Is it right that it's impossible to build a church (in the Western Ukraine - IF) as land is not allotted!" The Patriarch said in his interview to the Vesti TV.

According to him, "it's not right at all. It can only increase hostility."

"Thus, I believe these questions need regulation. In this regard local authorities bear great responsibility. So that all communities living here feel themselves comfortable," the Russian Church Primate said.

Answering the question about relations between Orthodox and Greek-Catholics in Ukraine, Patriarch Kirill noted that this issue should be considered in the context of relations between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.

"As you know, the theological dialogue is developing. We hope that we will be able to clear out many questions in frames of this dialogue. Though only God knows when this dialogue will result in real positive changes in relations between Churches of East and West," he said.

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