Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said he is satisfied with his visit to Ukraine, Interfax-Ukriane reported.
"I said that I wanted to pray together with godly Ukrainian people and today, winding up my visit [to Ukraine] I can say that this prayer was answered. I felt your hearts with my heart, I saw your faces, I felt the depth of your faith, which is being preserved by godly Ukrainian people," the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said addressing the believers from the porch of the Assumption Cathedral in Volodymyr-Volynsky on Tuesday.
The patriarch told the Orthodox believers that he wanted to support them in preserving their faith and called on them to retain the spiritual unity. The spiritual area of the Kyiv Rus, which was once united, is currently divided by borders of sovereign states, Patriarch Kirill said.
"And the Orthodox church respects people's choice, and in each of these states it is striving for the welfare of people, reconciliation, conflict settlement. At the same time, the church is retaining its unity as the mother of all nationalities and ethnic groups living in the Kyiv Rus," the patriarch said.
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