Patriarch Kirill believes that new sovereign states should not ruin the Church's unity

Minsk, September 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that political divisions should not result in automatic redistribution of the Church's unity.

"If the Church's unity is destroyed following the establishment of sovereign states, then we are doing a wrong thing which is displeasing to God," Patriarch Kirill said Friday addressing believers from the doorsteps of All Saints' Cathedral currently under construction in Minsk.

Patriarch Kirill urged believers to remember that the Church's unity is the "greatest value which exceeds many human values," and he thanked Byelorussia's authorities headed by Alexander Lukashenko "for similar understanding of the importance of our spiritual unity" and their openness to discuss a set of issues addressed at the meeting.

"Such discussions are exceptionally valuable. They help us to understand many things, and most important, we understand what separates us," Patriarch said.

According to him, currently, "original Russia is divided into sovereign states according to popular will, and, presumably, according to the disposition of God."

Patriarch Kirill, however, identifies himself as "the patriarch of people who came out of the Kiev baptistery."

During his pastoral visit to Byelorussia, Patriarch Kirill would like, first, "to pay tribute to great courage of Byelorussian people" and, second, to "see again those precious facets of our unity which we should cherish, protect and keep clean of any dust and dirt, so that this precious stone repeatedly faceted by history, which is the manifestation of our common life, would shine under the sun and display beauty to the whole world."



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