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Patriarch Kirill, in his sermon at the Zachatievsky Convent, said that Ukrainians should not be considered enemies. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
According to the patriarch, the Ukrainian people “are in danger” — they are “trying to reformat” them in order to “make a state, contrary to Russia, hostile to Russia, out of a part of the holy united Russia.”
The patriarch added that now “it is very important that there is no feeling in the hearts that there is an enemy.” He urged to pray for the strengthening of “fraternal feelings of the peoples of Holy Russia”, so that “the unity of the Church, which is the guarantee of peace in the vastness of Russia, becomes even stronger.”
The patriarch also noted that Orthodox Christians in Ukraine continue to pray for “an end to internecine strife and the establishment of peace in the expanses of historical Russia.”
After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Patriarch Kirill said that Ukrainians and Russians are one people, that the conflict provoked external forces to weaken Russia and that “the suppression and extermination of people” is taking place in the Donbass.
Due to the position of Patriarch Kirill, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church declared its independence from the Russian Orthodox Church at the end of May. In September, the Saeima of Latvia supported the initiative of the President of the country, Egils Levits, to grant the Latvian Orthodox Church independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.
What’s Happening to the Orthodox Church
- “Tectonic shifts are coming in world Orthodoxy” The “imperial turn” of Patriarch Kirill and his sermons about Ukraine are splitting the Russian Orthodox Church. And it will only get worse