“I hope the Ukrainian statesmen will be as wise, modest, ascetic, and highly spiritual as Filaret is” – Iryna Podoliak

Speaking about the creation of a single Ukrainian Orthodox church, MP Iryna Podoliak from the Samopomich Union faction notes,

“What happened on Saturday is, without exaggeration, a great unification of the Ukrainian people and a great work of Filaret. We have our own Orthodox Church of Ukraine within our canonical territory, within our state. I hope that in some five, six or ten years we will all speak the same language in this unified spiritual field. By this time, the state has done what it was supposed to do, the church has done what it was supposed to do, and now it is important that the transition of people from the Russian to the Ukrainian local church takes place in a civilized and safe manner — this is what depends on the state, and nothing more. And I I hope the Ukrainian statesmen will be as wise, modest, ascetic, and highly spiritual as Patriarch Filaret. He has been through many things in connection with his church career, he has done everything he could do and brought the Ukrainian people to this point.”

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