The text of the UOC Holy Synod’s address published

The Synod of the UOC resolved to consider the new church organization established at the “Council” on December 15 as a union of schismatics. Following the extraordinary meeting on December 17, 2018, the Holy Synod of the UOC adopted a number... Read more

Holy Synod of the UOC elects a new hierarch of Vinnitsa and Bar

According to the decision of the UOC Synod, vicar of Kiev Metropolitanate, Archbishop Varsonofy (Stoliar) of Borodianka, became a new ruling bishop of Vinnitsa eparchy. By the decision of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church dated December 17,... Read more

Synod expresses gratitude to UOC believers for supporting canonical Church

During the extraordinary meeting of the Holy Synod of the UOC on December 17, 2018, an appeal was made to the faithful children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The UOC Synod thanked the clergy and laity for their being steadfast... Read more

“Metropolitan” Simeon: Onufriy is a dissenter

“Metropolitan” Simeon, upon returning from the “Unification Council”, made a number of ambiguous statements at a sermon after Sunday liturgy. On December 16, in the Cathedral of Vinnitsa, at the sermon during the Sunday liturgy, “metropolitan” Simeon declared that His... Read more

Yarosh: Hunting “Moscow priests” is pleasing to God and Ukraine

Dmitry Yarosh, leader of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army and State Initiative of Yarosh organization, called for “manhunt on Moscow priests.” MP of the Verkhovna Rada, Greek Catholic Dmitry Yarosh congratulated his “Orthodox brothers and sisters” on the establishment of the Orthodox... Read more

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy: Law of God is never to be abolished

According to the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, many who are applauded today will be condemned by both God and history. The time will come, and history will put everything in its place, the Primate of the UOC, His... Read more

Bulgarian Bishop Daniil: “Unification Council” is non-canonical

Metropolitan Daniil of Vidin said that he did not consider the “Unification Council” as a canonical assembly The Archbishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Daniil of Vidin, said in an interview posted on the official resource of the Bulgarian... Read more

Details of the vote at the “Unification Council” become known

It has been reported that “Bishop” Epiphany won over Metropolitan Simeon (Shostatsky) by 20 votes. “Metropolitan” Michael, a “bishop” of the Kiev Patriarchate, withdrew his candidacy before the final vote, reports the BBC-Ukraine, citing its sources. According to the edition,... Read more

“Unification Council” elects “Metropolitan” Epiphany as head of OCU

The “Unification Council” after two rounds of voting has elected “Metropolitan” Epiphany (UOC KP) as the head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. The “Unification Council” after two rounds of voting has elected “Metropolitan” Epiphany (UOC KP) as the head... Read more

Draft statute of OCU published: without patriarch and reckon with UOC KP

The church to be created at the “unification council” will be headed not by the patriarch but by the primate with the title “Metropolitan of Kiev”. It follows from the document that the new church will be headed by the metropolitan,... Read more

Greek mass media: Filaret’s rhetoric in relation to Phanar is insulting

On the eve of the “unification council,” Filaret continues to impose his own rules, noted the Greek church media close to Phanar. Manners of communication and methods of influence of Filaret in relation to Constantinople are offensive. It was written... Read more

State Border Service: “Council” opponents will not be allowed to Ukraine

Ukraine will strengthen border control in the run-up to the “unification council,” a spokesman for the State Border Service said. Employees of the State Border Service of Ukraine will conduct additional checks at the border in order to identify individuals... Read more

Public sector employees are driven to Kiev to the “pro-Tomos” rally

In social networks, employees of public institutions were reported “to have been offered”  “to support the Tomos” in Kiev on Saturday. On December 15, a “Unification Council” takes place in Kiev, at which they are to announce the creation of a... Read more

Archbishop Longin to Pat. Bartholomew: You cause so much pain to our hearts

Archbishop Longin of Bancheny responded to Constantinople’s invitation to participate in the “Unification Council”. In a letter to Phanar, a copy of which got at the UOJ’s disposal, Archbishop Longin of Bancheny in harsh terms denounces the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew in... Read more

Pat. Kirill appeals to world leaders in connection with pressure on UOC

The ROC Primate appealed to religious and senior statesmen and heads of international organizations over Ukrainian authorities’ interference in the Church’s life.  His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent messages to the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches;... Read more

UOC Chief Lawyer: SBU forcibly takes hierarchs to Kiev for “Council”

Protopriest Alexander Bakhov reports that the SBU is forcibly taking Metropolitan Agapit (Bevtsik) to Kiev.  The Security Service branch for the Vinnitsa region is dragging Metropolitan Agapit (Bevtsik) of Mogilev-Podolsky and Shargorod to Kiev, the UOC’s chief lawyer Protopriest Alexander... Read more

Alexander Usik: If they attempt to seize Lavra, I will side with the monks

World boxing champion Alexander Usik said that in case of attempts to seize the Lavra, he would defend it. Alexander Usik, the world boxing champion in heavyweight, declared his readiness to defend the Lavra and its monks on the air... Read more

Nishchuk: A “public service for Tomos” to be created In Ukraine

The Public Service for Freedom of Conscience and Ethnic Policy will be organized in 2019, said Yevgeny Nishchuk. The work of the new civil service will be coordinated by the Ministry of Culture, said Yevgeny Nishchuk, Minister of Culture of... Read more

Met. Sofrony: If there is no independence, Ukrainians do not need Tomos

If the Church to be created in Ukraine does not have real independence, Ukrainians do not need any Tomos from the hands of Constantinople, said Metropolitan Sofrony. The Tomos, which the Patriarchate of Constantinople will grant the Church in Ukraine,... Read more

UOC protests against Phanar’s service on its canonical ground

The service of the Exarch of the Constantinople Patriarchate on the canonical ground of the UOC was performed without the blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church does not recognize the extension of Constantinople’s jurisdiction in Ukraine.... Read more

UOC priest: A hierarch going to “Council” will be turned from the church

If someone from the UOC goes to “Unification Council”, believers will no longer take him as a bishop or let him serve a divine liturgy, believes Fr. Vsevolod Rybchinsky. He who will choose to join the “unification council” will become an... Read more

UOC bishops continue returning invitations to “Council” to Phanar

Already 56 hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, who were given invitations to the “Unification Council”, sent them back to the Phanar. The UOC archbishops continue returning letters from Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople inviting them to the “Unification Council” to... Read more

Tomos hits the top Google searches of Ukrainians

In 2018, Ukrainians have massively searched Google for Tomos. On December 11, Google published the final rating of the most popular searches of Ukrainian users in 2018. In the “What is …?” section, Tomos ranks third after bitcoin and measles. Note... Read more

Met. Hilarion: Ukrainian govt’s policy is aimed at discrimination of UOC

The task of political Kiev is to break the resistance of the UOC, which does not intend to participate in the “Unification Council”, said Metropolitan Hilarion. Pat. Bartholomew, therefore, told President Petro Poroshenko to bring to this gathering as many... Read more

President’s Advisor meets with UOC KP head behind closed doors

After the meeting with Pavlenko, “Patriarch” Filaret strongly criticized the Phanar’s actions to his “bishops”. On December 8, 2018, the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Rostislav Pavlenko met with the head of the UOC KP Filaret Denisenko... Read more