Deputy Patriarch of UOC-KP: Moscow Wants to Humiliate Ukraine During the Celebration of the Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus

19 July 2013, 14:16 | Religious ceremonies and pilgrimage | 1 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

38582.gif.jpgThe program for the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Rus-Ukraine has been made ​​so that the events in Kyiv will be secondary to those in Moscow, Epiphany (Dumenko), Deputy Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate and Metropolitan of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky and Boryspil, said in an interview with Ukrayina Moloda.

The metropolitan said that by imposing its program for the anniversary celebration, Moscow is putting pressure on the Ukrainian church and state.

“Russian focus on the celebration is not being directed toward Kyiv, where the baptism took place, but toward Moscow, which at that time did not exist. The Russian Orthodox Church invites the Primates of the Orthodox Churches to the white-stone [Moscow]. The program is designed so that the celebrations in Kyiv are secondary to those in Moscow,” he said.

“Our main national event we will be the celebrations in the Ukrayina Palace, but neither Patriarch Kirill nor other foreign visitors from the Orthodox world will be present. At that time, they will be at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Patriarch Kirill, kind of like a master to his slaves, will come to us in the evening. He wants to show that he plays a key and leading role. He wants to demonstrate to the world: You see, we are the only ones that are canonically recognized, and all the others are ‘dissenters’ who can not participate in the general celebration,” said the governor.

According to him, Moscow is trying to use this celebration for its own geopolitical interests.

“But it is impossible to distort historical truth. We testify that Volodymyr the Great was the Prince of Kyiv and baptized Rus in Kyiv. Moscow at that time didn’t even exist as a settlement! I hope that all are wise enough not to let Moscow humiliate Ukraine during its own celebration,” said the metropolitan.

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  • Ігор Мицько | 19 July 2013, 16:33
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    Там де тепер столиця російської республіки була "гнила вода", мордовською - маасква. Не було тоді і Новгарада, сло'вяни тоді ще не окупували угро-фінські землі.

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  • Linda Knox | 27 June 2016, 15:32

    That’s your only complaint that Catholics were not singled out? You must have a limited understanding about the importance of the Encyclical and a lot of free time on your hands. Perhaps you should

  • pavloosh | 27 June 2016, 14:23

    "In particular, she addresses an appeal to governments in that region to protect the Christian populations – Orthodox, Ancient Eastern and other Christians – who have survived in the cradle of

  • Georgio | 26 June 2016, 17:05

    Враховуючи те, що на останньому архієрейському соборі УПЦКП було допущено можливість існування в рамках автономії, такий сценарій має місце. Поживемо побачимо.

  • Игил | 24 June 2016, 22:01

    Не дає!

  • Ігор Мицько | 24 June 2016, 13:51

    Чи це дає можливість легалізації канонічности УПЦ КП.

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