The Russian Orthodox Church sees no reason to send to Kiev a separate delegation to the celebration in honor of the Holy Prince Vladimir, because the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is part of the Moscow Patriarchate, said on Thursday at a round table in MIA "Russia today" Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Archpriest Nikolai Balashov.
"We make up one Church and do not see much sense to send a special delegation from the Russian capital. By the grace of God, despite all the experiences that we've had to overcome political checks and continuing in the East of Ukraine military operation, the Russian Church retains its unity, " said Balashov.
according to him, unity is one of the most important meanings of the upcoming holiday, because Prince Vladimir - uniting Ukraine and the Russian Federation." Celebrating his birthday here in the capital of Russia, We never forget that the baptism of Russia, which the Prince went down in history took place in Kiev on the banks of the Dnieper, " - emphasized to the Commissioner of the ROC.
As before said the Deputy head of the Department for external Church relations of the UOC Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, to participate in holiday services and events in Kiev will arrive delegations from six local Slavic Orthodox churches, including Polish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Czech lands and Slovakia and Romanian." Prince Vladimir was the illuminator of Kievan Rus, the Slavic outstanding statesman, and the history of our country is closely linked with the history of our neighbors, " - said in the appeal of the Danilevich, published on the Internet representation of the UOC.