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The ancient church, the humble priest. Abbots Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church Filaret and prefer not to be modest and ride a "Mercedes" and "Lexus", the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics and the rabbis do without the car business class.
The simplicity of the new Pope Francis became the top topic of the world and Ukrainian media. Pontiff, recall, refused to go in the popemobile along the road from the Sistine Chapel and sat in the side aisle on the bus with the Cardinals. When asked about this primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Filaret, adding, if he wants to change seats from the "Mercedes" in the minibus, he replied that he did not approve of such actions.
"This is the work on display, and the need to be humble in life to God, not to the people", - he said. The press service of the UOC-KP then clarified that the primate not understand it, they say, was not referring to Francis, and to answer questions about his private minibuses and cars. The newspaper "Today" learned to ride than the fathers of different denominations in Ukraine.
Most often Filaret can be seen coming out of six hundredth of "Mercedes" with the number "777". This machine, worth 200 thousand euros (2, 1 million USD), presented to him, as they say in the diocese, an unknown benefactor in 2007. And this is not the only vehicle of the patriarch. "In the garage there are several executive cars. Even the cargo and utility, there is a bus Iveco.
All they serve Patriarchate, they are all official. Patriarch of private life is not as such. He lives in the same place and works, - in the residence on the street Pushkinskaya in Kiev, in a two-room, one bathroom - office, the second - living. Patriarch does not go anywhere on vacation, it only takes a medical prophylaxis in the sanatorium near Kiev. And during a visit to Brussels, he was flying in economy class, along with the other passengers, "- he told us the press secretary UOC-KP Yevstratii Zorya.
The head of the UOC-MP Vladimir has six hundredth "Mercedes" and "Lexus" (about 1, 5 million USD each). For them, it seems, used the same number with the letters M and B. "Metropolitan Volodymyr gave the machine on which he rides, - he explained to us the head of the press service of the UOC-MP Vasily Anisimov. - In general, all priests live modestly.
But if it turns out that the priest has unreasonably expensive car or so furnished house, the church may call it modesty, so as not to tempt people with his behavior. But no one will ask the priest to give, for example, from expensive cars, if he gave it and the machine really helps in his mission. The main thing is that it helped the parishioners carried the word of God. "
Rabbis and "Germans»
"Stories about modesty Francis served as something sensational. In fact this is a normal behavior of the religious leader. The problem - in a society that lives the spirit of consumerism and so closely monitors those who enjoy the benefits of what ", - said the head of the Information Department of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Igor Yatsiv. He said that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Svyatoslav Shevchuk, Primate enjoys car "Volkswagen Passat". "The car belongs to the church, manages the brother monk," - said Yatsiv. In the showrooms of car is sold for $ 30-40 million (USD 245-320 million).
One of the two chief rabbis of Ukraine and Kiev Yaakov Bleich, as told to "Today" in his entourage, enjoys a Japanese car. "Mark, I do not remember exactly, but it seems that it is" Toyota. " He himself does not lead, it does have a driver ", - said our interlocutor. And here is another Chief Rabbi - Moshe Asman - enjoys minibus Chevrolet Express (fully loaded it costs 800-900 thousand USD), which he presented to the president of the Ukrainian Jewish Congress Vadim Rabinovich. "I felt ashamed that he drives a chaise transport. And most of it has no other car "- said Vadim Z. us.
On the "Volkswagen" drives and chairman of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Tamim. He himself told us that this is his personal transportation, but to elaborate what this machine, declined. Packed victim bothersome laity
The new pontiff of the Catholic Church continues to surprise his flock, giving her an example of biblical virtues. His words that he knowingly chose the name Francis defender disadvantaged and would like to "poor church for the poor", he has backed up several actions. So, after his election, the new pope refused laid his personal limousine and left the bus with the rest of the Cardinals.
The press immediately noted that prior to his ascension to the throne of St. Peter, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio led a very modest life. He lived in a small apartment at the cathedral, preparing himself, the driver refused, often traveled by public transport. And it is the ecclesiastical hierarchy of the whole country! Few in the world shepherds of this level, not mired in the love of money. Perhaps you can recall only the Serbian Patriarch Pavle, who also went by bus, easily walked the streets himself to wash clothes and repaired their old shoes. By the way, the deceased patriarch really remember and revere as a saint - can not be said about other departed to another world Archbishop.
Serbian Patriarch Pavle traveled by trolley
And he walked in the streets without protection
Of course, the bus ride to Rome and then Francis I could not. But it will not depend on his personal desires. As rightly noted Chornovil known politician, even the most senior person forced to obey orders his security.
"There are many Islamic groups who would love to make an act of violence against the head of the Catholic Church. In the future, the security service of the Vatican, which is powerful enough, it will put forward specific requirements. So he still have to travel to meet people in a closed popemobile "- says ex-MP.
However, it is not that, if Dad sits in his popemobile, but the fact that the new head of the Catholic Church put the cornerstone of its policy modesty. One can argue about whether it is genuine or feigned. But it should be explicitly recognized that it promotes the image of the Catholic Church.
The poor people in Latin America (which is half of Catholics all over the world) see these priests, pastors who share with them the material burdens - and trust them, as the own father (and even more). A well-to-Catholics of Europe perceive the behavior of Francis I as the democratization of the Church, the rejection of bombast and affectation, return to the original sources of Christianity socially equitable.
Welcomes the initiative pontiff and representatives of other Christian denominations. Archpriest Andrey Tkachev said that the church is associated with his servants - so they have a huge responsibility to behave so as not to drop it and not allow the prestige of the occasion to criticize.
"Strives he draw attention to the positive side of the Catholic church of his personality, in particular, or is he just lives - it's a separate issue, but what is it in this case goes well, it is certainly" - said Father Andrew.
I do not understand the pontiff only its Eastern European kollega.Glava Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret hastened to criticize the behavior of Francis I.
"I do not approve of such actions. Because this work show, and you need to be humble before God in life, not in front of people, "- said Filaret, commenting on the refusal of the Pope's personal car. Ukrainian patriarch even attempted to justify its position the words of the Lord, but only for some reason, dragged to the verse from Matthew (6: 1) his own aphorism: "Do not show your humility before the people, and be humble inside." But nothing like that in the Bible there, but in the same Gospel of Matthew has these words: "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth."