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Patriarch laments treatment of Russian Orthodox in Ukraine

July 30, 2009

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has offered strong criticism of the treatment of the Russian Orthodox Christians in Ukraine. Referring to Lvov (Lviv)-- the seat of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church until its transfer to Kiev in 2005-- Patriarch Kirill said, “Is it right that Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate doesn't have a proper cathedral in Lvov? Is it right that it's impossible to build a church, as land is not allotted … In this regard local authorities bear great responsibility.”

Asked to comment on relations with the Catholic Church, the patriarch said, “As you know, the theological dialogue is developing. We hope that we will be able to clear out many questions in frames of this dialogue-- though only God knows when this dialogue will result in real positive changes in relations between Churches of East and West.”


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