Bill No. 5309 is the abuse of the Constitution of Ukraine, noted the Chairperson of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Synodal Commission “Church and Culture”.

December 22, 2018. Commenting anti-church bill No 5309, Hegumeness Serafima, abbess of the Holy Archangel Michael Convent of Odessa, Chairman of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)  Synodal Commission “Church and Culture” said on the program “Evening on Dumska” that nobody will be able to drive the Ukrainian Orthodox Church into the ghetto .

“As for changing our name, our title. I want to remind you that there have been cases in history when names were forcibly changed. It was in the Nazi concentration camps when a number was put on the person’s arm, which was his/her name. <…> Nothing can make us change our name and our identity. We are the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and millions of people think so. Nobody will be able to drive us into any ghetto,” noted Hegumeness Serafima.

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