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President has held a meeting with Nationwide Council of Churches and Religious Organizations
17 February 2015 19:39

The Head of State has thanked the attendees for the support of the Ukrainian statehood, sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and spirit. "I urge you to continue guardianship over the people in these difficult times, because spiritual support and kind words can be more effective than material goods. Together we can show an example of state-church partnership in the solution of difficult problems and healing wounds of our people and country," Petro Poroshenko said.

The President has reminded that prayer and support of the holy fathers helped Ukrainians a lot in the course of the Revolution of Dignity. "The word of God was heard day and night. It was guiding us and charging us with energy," he noted. Petro Poroshenko has urged to support the Ukrainian servicemen who are defending Ukraine from the aggression.

The President has also thanked the representatives of churches and religious organizations who have enough courage to serve in the Crimea. "It is very important, for it is a form of Ukrainian presence in the temporarily occupied Crimea," he stressed.

The Head of State has emphasized that all churches and religious organizations in Ukraine had equal rights. Herewith Petro Poroshenko has drawn attention to the fact that the information war of Russia was touching upon religious issues in order to split the Ukrainian society. Almost 20% of propaganda is related to religion. "I have no doubt that we will repel this informational aggression," the President noted.

In his turn, representatives of churches and religious organizations have noted that they were praying for Ukraine everyday, inter alia, in military units and the ATO area. At the same time, Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Patriarch Filaret adds that the ideas are spread that one should pray for peace and not take a weapon to defend the country. "Our Nationwide Council of Churches and Religious Organizations reminds that the Homeland must be protected, for it is a sacred duty of not only every citizen, but also every Christian," he said.

The parties have also discussed the issue of liquidation of the expert commission for the protection of public morale. The President has noted that society should have a reliable protection from the steps that ruin public morale. Still, it shouldn't be an issue of a state bureaucratic body, which has discredited itself.

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