Terrorists “DNR” and “LNR”, who plead guilty and repents, should be forgiven. This was stated by the Patriarch of Kyiv and all Ukraine Filaret.
“Those militants who plead guilty and want to improve — they need to forgive. And who committed the crime and does not repent, do not deserve any forgiveness. God also does not forgive such”, — explained the Patriarch.
He remembered the time when the Lord God forgave one of the thieves who was crucified with Jesus Christ on the cross. Then, dying on the cross, one of them turned to Jesus and repented. “Verily I say unto thee: today shalt thou be with me in Paradise!” told him then Jesus.
“You can forgive the penitent. Who does not repent, and God forgives. For example — the two thieves on the crosses. One thing that God has forgiven, and the other is not forgiven. Both thieves. Why not just second. One repented and the other is not. In the war”, — said Filaret.
As he wrote, “the FACTS,” earlier, the Patriarch said that autocephaly, which Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will provide the Orthodox Church in Ukraine will make the Ukrainian Church independent of all ecclesiastical centres.
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