Patriarch Kiriil told that hinders the unity of Orthodoxy

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Archival photoPatriarch Kiriil told that hinders the unity of Orthodoxy© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The unity of the world Orthodoxy is trying to undermine «secular forces», the possible splits contributes to the overall difficult international political situation, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the meeting with 10 delegations of local Orthodox churches.

«Today, secular forces are trying to undermine the unity of the world Orthodoxy, influencing the individual bishops, using the objective difficulties in life of local churches. Not conducive to peace in the Church and the modern very complex international political situation», — said the Patriarch.

However, he added, in Church history, there were more hard times, but «works and deeds of our ancestors a treasure of Orthodox unity was preserved to our days».

«We have a responsibility before God to allow the treasure to preserve and pass on to our descendants», — said the Primate.

The meeting was attended by the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodore II, as well as representatives of Antioch, Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Cypriot, Albanian, and Polish churches, Church of the Czech lands and Slovakia. Church delegation arrived in Moscow for the celebrations on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia, the main of which will take place on Saturday in many cities.

The celebrations have begun in Kiev. As reported in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in the procession in honor of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Russia on Friday in Kiev was attended by about 250 thousand faithful from all the dioceses of the UOC and pilgrims from abroad, despite the obstacles scale was created for the faithful of the Ukrainian officials and carriers.