ROC commented on the words Poroshenko about the biggest Orthodox country

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria Vladimir Vigilyansky. Archival photoROC commented on the words Poroshenko about the biggest Orthodox country© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The number of believers «per capita» Ukraine is really can be more, than in any other country in Europe, but only thanks to the parishioners of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, said RIA Novosti former head of the Patriarchal press service, the Chairman of information Commission of the Diocesan Council of Moscow, Archpriest Vladimir Vigilyansky.

He commented on the words of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at the meeting with Ukrainian community in new York called Ukraine «the biggest Orthodox country in Europe,» adding that the Church there «should be one – Ukrainian».

«Indeed, the Orthodox community in Ukraine is very large, and if you correlate the number of inhabitants and the number of parishioners, perhaps, the largest per capita, much more than Russia. But the number of churches and parishioners, of course, more in Russia, which also belongs to Europe,» — said Vigilyansky.

He noted that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has 12.5 thousand temples, a large number of priests and bishops. According to the priest, if you collect all the divisive and self-styled Church groups in the Ukraine, who call themselves Orthodox, according to the number of the faithful and parishes of the UOC will still be far ahead.

«Very flattering that the President says of his flock, and hope that the majority of the Orthodox population, which is a parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will not allow to prevail schismatic Church, which is going to give autocephaly. And it will be the biggest tragedy for Ukraine, the biggest. Nothing more can not think of how to punish this country. This punishment now do the Ukrainian authorities,» — said Vigilyansky.

The President of Ukraine is trying to achieve recognition of non-canonical religious structures and of establishing a local Autocephalous Church in Ukraine. Earlier, the Patriarchate of Constantinople «in preparation for the granting of autocephaly» was appointed its Exarch in Kyiv. In addition, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated that it intends to provide Ukraine Autocephalous. In the UOC called such actions by invading the canonical territory of other local churches and called on Patriarch Bartholomew to stop meddling and «exarchs» of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to leave Kiev.

The Russian Orthodox Church, in turn, went to the actual «break diplomatic relations» with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Synod of the Russian Church announced a cease commemoration of Patriarch Bartholomew during the Patriarch’s divine services. In addition, a decision was made to exit from the structures, which is chaired by the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church with Constantinople was in this crisis only once in all its more than thousand-year history.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad, the Holy Synod of the UOC has suspended the service with the bishops of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.ROC commented on the words Poroshenko about the biggest Orthodox country© RIA Novosti / Vitaly Policypro Autocephalous