Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) Kirill of Moscow appealed with a message to Pope Francis on the pressure on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine and interference of the state in the church life as the ROC reported.
Besides, the message is addressed to Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England Justin Welby, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches Olav Fykse Tveit, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger, President of France Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“Recently, the interference of the leaders of the secular Ukrainian state in the church affairs has become the brutal pressure on the episcopate and clergymen of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which allows to talk about the beginning of the large-scale persecutions,” Patriarch Kirill stated.
He claimed that “the bodies of the state power assume the number of actions, which flagrantly violate the constitutional rights” to force the episcopate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to participate in the unification assembly.
Patriarch Kirill stated that the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate are called for the questioning to the Security Service of Ukraine, detained on various pretexts, including the crossing of the border of Ukraine and searched.
Earlier Metropolite Ilarion, the bishop of Donetsk and Mariupol Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate was not allowed to cross the delimitation line through ‘Novotroitske’ checkpoint.