Ukrainian Ambassador was summoned to the Pope because of the «Church laws»

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Ambassador of Ukraine to the Vatican was summoned to the Pope in connection with resonant draft laws, directed against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), said the cleric of the UOC-MP, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich.

«The Vatican is concerned about the possibility of taking 4128 and 4511 (laws against UOC MP. — Approx. ed.). Caused the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Vatican. The Vatican fully agree with the position expressed by the Roman Catholic Bishop Stanislav Shyrokoradiuk on this subject,» — he wrote in Facebook.

Earlier, the Bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine Stanislav shyrokoradiuk criticized these laws.

On the eve of the Rada planned to discuss two projects on the status of religious organizations. One of them stipulates that organizations, senior centers are in the state recognized Ukraine «aggressor country» will be able to appoint metropolitans and bishops only by agreement with the government. The second can give the right to members to change the jurisdiction of the religious communities, the centers of which are in Ukraine and behind its limits. The UOC-MP consider the documents of repressive and fear that they will legitimize the seizure of the temples.

The Parliament did not have time Thursday to consider bills.

Earlier, the Kremlin called unacceptable any actions that violate the interests of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

The country has the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which is a self-governing Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox structure — the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. While the UOC-MP has repeatedly reported on cases of harassment of priests and seizures of the Orthodox churches representatives of the UOC-KP. In 2014-2016, the UOC-MP has lost 40 temples.

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