Ukrainian Orthodox leader backs truce, asks prayers, decries conflicts among Christians
February 13, 2015
Metropolitan Onufra of Kiev, the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church aligned with the Moscow patriarchate, has called for fasting and prayer as a cease-fire begins in Ukraine on February 15.
Metropolitan Onufra decried the violence that has shaken Ukraine, and appealed for “all those who call themselves Christians to immediately stop killing each other.” He said that pre-Lenten festivities should be replaced by prayers for peace.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church- Moscow patriarchate has avoided taking a partisan stand during the months of conflict in Ukraine, while the Russian Orthodox Church has supported Moscow and blamed the crisis on the Byzantine-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church.
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