Filaret says creating single Ukrainian Orthodox Church is Inevitable

25.04.2011

Head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret believes that the unification of all Ukrainian orthodox churches into a single independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC-KP) is inevitable, but religious hatred should be eliminated first and people should learn to live as brothers with brothers.

“We are striving to create a single Orthodox church in Ukraine. I am sure that there will be such a church in Ukraine. Sooner or later we will unite and together we shall celebrate the risen Christ, but we shall celebrate Him in an independent church, in a local one, and not in the Russian Church. For many who think that the union will be inevitable, but under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, we state that this merger will not happen. There will be the union under a single local Orthodox Church,” the UOC-KP Patriarch said in an interview with Channel 5 on Sunday.

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