Orthodox Church of Moldova expresses its concern with the religious situation in Ukraine and urged the Ukrainian President to the execution of the constitutional duty to preserve the freedom and religious peace in the country, informs a portal “Orthodox life”. This is stated in an open letter to Metropolitan of Chisinau and all Moldova Vladimir, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
The reason for writing the letter was the decision of the Ministry of justice of Ukraine on cancellation of state registration of right to use the Ukrainian Orthodox Church buildings of Pochayiv Lavra.
The document notes that “the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, which is so like to visit the believers of the Republic of Moldova is for the entire Orthodox world the true bulwark of our faith, protected for many years with a special piety, despite all the hardships and misfortunes”.
“And in the years of testing, and in the period of religious revival, that the Holy Pochaev Lavra has become a real school of spiritually-moral education, which formed the Orthodox consciousness of our believers,” – said in an open letter.
The document also stresses that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the control of his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry, the only canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine, “which preserves and transmits unchanged the absolute Truth to future generations.” The deep crisis into which it plunged with a view to spreading religious hatred among the population of Ukraine, is of particular excitement of the Orthodox Moldavians.
“In the context of all the above, we encourage the Ukrainian leadership to fulfill its constitutional role of guarantor of freedom and religious peace in the country, and we, in turn, worsen our prayers to merciful God that He has given us all the peace and unity of the faith, according to the call of the Holy Apostle Paul: “Try to preserve the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3),” – said in an open letter.