UOC intends to protect the rights of believers in Ukraine in the passport without biometrics

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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) will closely follow the developments with biometric passports of the new sample introduced in Ukraine, and will do anything so they do not become binding on the members, said on Thursday reporters the head of the Synodal information Department of the UOC Bishop of Irpen Clement.

Earlier, the Primate of the UOC Metropolitan Onufry addressed the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with a request to provide an alternative to the mandatory biometric passports. As mentioned in the relevant statements of the UOC, most of the Orthodox faithful believed that the adoption and use of electronic documents is «sinful action that was equivalent to renouncing Christ», although this is not consistent with Church teaching.

Migration service of Ukraine in response said that the paper passports of all kinds will be in effect until the completion of their action, but in obtaining new passports from the age of 14, the loss or renewing a passport, the state authorities will only issue a plastic card with electronic media.

«The Church tries to take care of all your faithful children. If the religious conscience of the people can not accept the authentication methods that are offered, the state is obliged to provide them an alternative,» — said the Bishop.

According to him, today Ukrainian politicians are only for those that disconnect and «do everything» to ensure that the conflicts have worsened. But for the UOC (MP) is important to the unity of all the faithful, said the Bishop of Irpen, can not be put outside the Church a considerable part of them.

In the UOC will be closely monitoring the situation. «Now the new passports soon, there are difficulties with their development and production, but when this question will be on the agenda, of course, will by all means defend the rights of believers», — said the head of the Synodal Department.

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