Poroshenko: we will not Have a state Church

Порошенко: У нас не будет государственной церкви

Petro Poroshenko spoke before a prayer service in Kiev

State your mission in the religious question has been made and to intervene in the Affairs of the Church will not, said the President.

President Petro Poroshenko said that Ukraine was not, and there is no state Church, and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church will not invite forced. He said this Sunday, October 14, speaking before the prayer service at St. Sophia square in Kiev.

“We have not been, and never will be a state Church. And sanctified by the Tomos of the Orthodox Church, too, no one will be forcibly invite. Again, it is a question of free choice for every believer. I guarantee that the government will respect the choice of those who decide to remain in the Church structure that will preserve the unity with the Russian Orthodox Church”, – said Poroshenko.

He added that the government will protect the rights of those priests and laity of the UOC Moscow Patriarchate, who voluntarily decide to get out of Moscow, together with other Orthodox to create a Unified Ukrainian local Orthodox Church.

“The total development of an independent Church can be an occasion for strife, for conflict, for violence. I said, as soon as where you will see people who will be encouraged to take the power of Lavra, a monastery or a temple, you know, that Moscow agents. We will not allow the Kremlin to foment a religious war in Ukraine”, – said Poroshenko.

The President stressed that the overall state its mission in a religious question has been made, then the case of the Church, where the state will not interfere.

“We received the good news from Constantinople. Or more internal matters in which the secular authorities not to interfere and she will not do” – said Poroshenko.

We will remind, on October 14 at the Sophia square in Kiev was held a prayer service for Ukraine and the Autocephalous Church.

As reported today in Ukraine celebrate day of the defender. In Kiev and other cities of Ukraine planned a number of festive events.

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