Patriarch Kirill’s spokesman regrets incident at Kyiv airport – Interfax


26 July 2012, 18:55

Patriarch Kirill's spokesman regrets incident at Kyiv airport

Kyiv, July 26, Interfax - A spokesman for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed his regret at an incident committed by a member of the feminist organization FEMEN during the Patriarch's welcoming ceremony at the Kyiv airport on Thursday.

"It is very deplorable that people should be trying to mar Patriarch Kirill's beginning visit to Ukraine by such escapades," Deacon Alexander Volkov, the head of the patriarchal press service, said in commenting on the incident.

A woman belonging to FEMEN approached the patriarch topless while he was talking to journalists at the airport and shouted 'Go Away!' before security apprehended her.

Father Alexander said the Church has frequently faced attacks and animosity, which "shows how many people understand that Patriarch Kirill's visit to Ukraine is a huge and significant event."

"Such incidents cannot overshadow the primate's visit by any means but can only manifest a deep spiritual crisis in certain categories of society," he added.


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The mission of the "FEMEN" movement is to create the most favourable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support and social responsibility, helping to reveal the talents of each member of the movement.

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