Patriarch Kirill appreciated the attempts to separate the UOC from the Moscow Patriarchate

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Archival photoPatriarch Kirill appreciated the attempts to separate the UOC from the Moscow Patriarchate© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Attempts to separate the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate could lead to disaster throughout the Orthodox world, said on Friday, the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the meeting with heads and representatives of 10 local Orthodox churches.

«The attempts to tear away the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the Moscow Patriarchate could lead to disaster pan — Orthodox scale,» — said the Patriarch.

Church delegation arrived in Moscow for the celebrations on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus.

Addressing the representatives of the local churches, the Patriarch said that this anniversary the Russian Orthodox Church meets «in the atmosphere of the new tests, and this applies particularly to the situation of Orthodoxy in Ukraine.»

«Now the powers, alien to Orthodoxy, make a deliberate effort to destroy the unity of the Russian Orthodox Church. The strongest pressure is now on the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, its Primate, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onuphrius, in her episcopate, clergy and faithful. Today we see multiple captures of churches schismatics and Uniates, the threat hangs over Kiev-Pechersk and Pochaev Dormition Lavra, there is a widespread discrimination of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church», — said the Patriarch.

Ukrainian politicians, he continued, initiated «the creation of the schismatic formations of the so-called one local Church and granted it autocephaly.»

According to the Patriarch, in these difficult circumstances, the support of the fraternal local Orthodox churches is «priceless». The Patriarch asked the members of the Church of delegations to convey to the primates, the Holy Synods and all the hierarchs of the other churches on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church’s «profound appreciation».

«The Russian Orthodox Church, based on the immutable canons of the Holy and irrefutable documentary evidence, will never give up their Dnieper baptismal font, from the tradition coming from the Holy Prince Vladimir», — said the Patriarch.

He reminded that the Russian Church «Kiev is not an ordinary town» and «the mother of Russian cities, the place of the baptism of Russia and the birth of Russian Orthodoxy.» «For our Church in Kiev is the same Shrine to which all Orthodox Christians are Constantinople or Jerusalem, or Kosovo and Metohija for the Serbian Orthodox Church», — said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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