KRAKOW. UOC DECR staff member takes part in discussion of ways to preserve Christian identity in the European Community

On October 27-28, 2017, an International conference with the theme “Where is Europe heading towards?” was held in Krakow (Poland). The event was attended by representatives from the Christian Churches of Europe, members of the European Parliament as well as from the Government of the Republic of Poland.

With the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) was represented at the event by UOC Department for External Church Relations (UOC DECR) staff member Archpriest Vitaliy Polishchuk.

The main theme of discussions at the international forum was the role of Churches in adhering to traditional Christian values as a guarantee for maintaining unity and security on the European continent.

The participants of the discussion were unanimous in the understanding that modern European identity was based on the undeniable Christian values which the founders of international institutions had actually leaned upon, and who had the calling to help avert the large-scale bloodthirsty wars and hostilities on our continent of the future.

According to most of the speakers, one of the most important tasks of the present is the preservation of Christian ideals within the principles of international relations in Europe, which in turn will allow the preservation of the immutable memory of the dignity of every single individual without exception, together with inherent right to life, which the Lord endowed, including the very right to be born.

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