Monday, July 19, 2010

Patriarch Kirill praises changes in Ukraine since election

Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has said he expects to see the positive changes that have occurred in Ukraine with his own eyes during his forthcoming visit to Ukraine. "I suppose that the quality of life of Ukrainian society has obviously changed, [but] perhaps this is just an outside point of view. So, I would like to see and feel [for myself] the current situation in Ukraine," Patriarch Kirill told Ukrainian TV channels during an interview on his forthcoming visit July 20-28. He said the development of Ukraine over last months had been rather positive. Patriarch Kirill also added that "it is already obvious" that "the political situation in Ukraine is stabilizing, its economic rates – equalized, and relations with the world and close neighbors are being developed, in particular with Russia, Europe and the United States." "I also would like to say that Ukraine is very close to my heart for many reasons. But the main reason is the power of faith, the power of religious feeling, [and the] purity and naturalness of this feeling. Let God preserve this faith and wonderful spiritual tradition of the Kyiv Rus," Patriarch Kirill added. Read more: