Published full text of the letter to Philaret of the Russian Orthodox Church

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotobanka of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Patriarch Filaret during a prayer service in the framework of the procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kiev. 28 July 2016Published full text of the letter to Philaret of the Russian Orthodox Church© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank

Published a letter from the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Filaret to Patriarch Cyril and bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church. Full text published the press Secretary of the Church Eustratius Zorya.

Earlier, the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church adopted a resolution which referred to the request of Filaret restore «prayer and Eucharistic fellowship.» The Cathedral has considered the letter step towards overcoming Church division in Ukraine and has established a Commission for negotiations with the Kyiv Patriarchate.

Archbishop yevstratii said that the Epistle was written at the request of the Moscow Patriarchate.

It notes that Filaret wants to «end the division and strife between Orthodox Christians». He called on Patriarch Kirill and the bishops of the ROC to end the confrontation and to cancel the decision of banning (Church disciplinary punishment) and separation.

Filaret expressed the hope that the ROC will continue to take steps «necessary for the good of Orthodoxy.» The leader of the UOC-KP added that «grief and strife marred» relations between the Orthodox in the two countries.

«And I, as your brother and fellow servant, I’m sorry all that have sinned in word, deed, and all my senses, and from the heart sincerely forgive everyone,» he continued.

Letter dated November 16, ends with the words «with love in Christ — your brother Philaret». It is his signature.

Ukraine operates the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, and unrecognized by the world Orthodox, UOC-KP and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

In 1992, Metropolitan Filaret (Denisenko) required for the UOC autocephaly status of the local Church, involving its administrative independence. Without the agreement, he created and legally registered so-called Kiev Patriarchate.

In 1997, the ROC Filaret excommunicated from the Church and anathematized.