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Ukrainian Church leaders direct priests to stay out of political campaigns

Catholic World News - April 11, 2014

As Ukraine prepares for national elections on May 25, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has directed priests to distance themselves from partisan politics.

A new document, “Instructions on the Behavior of the Clergy during Political Election Campaigns,” states that “a priest is strictly prohibited from being part of a political party, from distributing in church or in the churchyard campaign materials of candidates, parties, or political blocs, from campaigning for someone, and from openly expressing their political views in private conversations with believers,” according to the Religious Information Service of Ukraine.

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