Any violence on religious grounds must be harshly condemned, – hierarch of the UOC

Christianity continues to be the most persecuted religion in the world. The number of Christians killed in a year in all countries of the world is comparable to the number of those killed during the fighting. With all this, the world community is either silent or expresses “concern.” But, more often than not, he does not take any specific measures. Bishop Baryshevsky Victor (Kotsaba), Head of the Representation of the UOC to European International Organizations, wrote about this in his Telegram channel, .

“Any violence on religious grounds should be severely condemned, and all criminals should be brought to criminal responsibility. And it does not matter at all what countries we are talking about. It doesn’t matter what forms this violence takes – you need to respond to it. Because otherwise, sooner or later, verbal threats turn into beatings and massacres.

For example, a few days ago in the Vinnitsa region, a group of representatives of the OCU, during an attempt to seize the temple of the UOC, promised the believers of our Church that they would be “slaughtered like pigs.” Such statements should not be perceived as a “verbal turnover”, since if left unpunished, they may well result in concrete actions.

Therefore, we, as citizens of Ukraine, have the right to demand from the authorities the protection of our rights and freedoms, as well as an appropriate, legal response to such statements,” wrote the hierarch.

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