The meeting of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) held on Tuesday under the leadership of Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onuphrius, told that want to maintain peace and tranquility in the country and will Not allow myself to be drawn into a confrontation on religious grounds, notified on the Internet representation of the UOC-MP.
now in Ukraine there are several churches of the Orthodox rite is recognized by all the local Orthodox churches of the UOC-MP, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and schismatic UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC). In the UOC-MP many times reported instances of harassment of priests and seizures of the Orthodox churches representatives of the UOC-KP.
"Today, Our goal as Christians is to keep peace and tranquility in our country. Let us not succumb to provocations and will Not let himself be drawn into a confrontation on religious grounds. We resolutely oppose all attempts to undermine the country from within ", - reported in the appeal of the participants of the Synod.
The priests stressed that in the country some local authorities " allow a violation of applicable national law and the enforcement agencies do Not always become on the protection of the legitimate rights of religious communities, clergy and faithful ", which in recent time come under attack (often from divisive structures), and sometimes the attempts on their lives." We hope for a fair and impartial trial of all such conflicts ", said the UOC.
"in the current difficult situation for our Church is extremely important the support from the world of Orthodoxy and of the whole world brotherhood. For this reason, the Department for external Church relations of the UOC makes monitoring violations of the rights of believers, and reports these cases to the local Orthodox Church and international human rights organizations ", - said the Participants of the meeting of the Synod.