NSDC head calls the shutdown of opposition TV channel “God’s punishment”

When asked about the reason for the disconnection from the broadcasting of the opposition “Pershy Nezalezhny” Danilov joked: “Maybe this is God’s punishment?” NSDC Secretary Aleksey Danilov, commenting on the disconnection of the opposition TV channel “Pershy Nezalezhny” from the... Read more

UOC-KP states they do not recognize Phanar’s primacy in Orthodoxy

The European Dean’s Office of the UOC-KP believes that the dominant status of the Patriarchate of Constantinople is virtual, it has no real powers. The Patriarchate of Constantinople has never been the dominant Church in the Orthodox world and the... Read more

Metropolitan Hilarion explains why Phanar head has no flock in Ukraine

Most of the Orthodox in Ukraine are the flock of the UOC, and the Phanar granted the Tomos to the OCU, so it, too, cannot be its flock, the head of the MP DECR believes. Where can the flock of Patriarch... Read more

Lviv “hierarch” of OCU about his diocese: 2 monks and 3 monasteries

Dimitry Rudyuk said that the OCU is facing a crisis of both “monastic” and “priestly” vocation. On February 26, 2021, “Metropolitan” Dimitry Rudyuk of Lviv and Sokal of OCU spoke about how many “monks” and “monasteries” are under the jurisdiction... Read more

UOC: When officials answer 12,500 times, they’ll understand something

Fr. Nikolai is sure that mass appeals of believers to the authorities will not go to waste. Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC, said in his telegram channel that despite the... Read more

Union of Orthodox Lawyers: President ignored the appeal of believers

The UOL stressed that the formal and bureaucratic attitude of the President’s Office to requests and hopes of ordinary people causes indignation and bewilderment. On February 22, 2021, the head of the Department for Citizens’ Appeals of the Office of... Read more

Perevaly community building a new temple to replace seized one by OCU

In the village of Perevaly, the UOC community, whose temple was seized by OCU supporters in 2019, begins the construction of a new temple. The Holy Dormition community of the UOC in the village of Perevaly of the Turiisk district,... Read more

Persecuted girl from UOC about bullying at school: “I cried every day”

Christina Veluschak from Zadubrivka at the UOC congress spoke about the raider attack on the temple and the persecution at school with the tacit consent of the director. At the congress of the persecuted communities of the UOC “Faithful”, which... Read more

“ES” MP accuses “Faithful” congress of an attempt on state security

Poroshenko Party deputy called the persecution of the UOC “non-existent” and was outraged by the lack of a response from SBU to the congress of persecuted communities. The congress of representatives of the communities of the seized churches of the... Read more

Parishioner from Berestye: We still have confrontation in the village

Ulyana Taborovets said that two years after the seizure of the church in the village of Berestye, people are still at enmity with each other. On February 22, at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, at the Congress of the persecuted communities “Faithful”,... Read more

UOC spokesman: Servant of the People will lose power due to anti-church law

“Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain? The Lord ridicules them,” with these words from the Psalter Fr. Nikolai commented on the new law against the UOC. Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, Deputy Head of the Department for... Read more

OCU “priest” in Dulibi threatens parishioners with “black prayer”

In the village of Duliby, Ternopil region, the parishioners of the OCU go to the Uniates because of the misbehaviour of their “priest”. Members of the OCU parish in the village of Duliby, Ternopil region, complained to the church authorities... Read more

Met. Varsonofy: OCU succeeded much less than it had anticipated

The OCU failed to consider the factor of a believer who will never betray the Church, where he was baptized and where he receives grace, the Vinnytsia metropolitan said. Metropolitan Varsonofy of Vinnytsia and Bar in an interview with the telegram... Read more

UOC spokesman – about OCU clergy after their return to canonical Church

Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich believes the clergy who have left for the OCU can return to the UOC to provide pastoral care to the west-oriented Ukrainian-speaking flock. The Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC, Archpriest Nikolai... Read more

Jerusalem Patriarch hopes for continuation of Amman meeting

Patriarch Theophilos said he expected “brighter days” to come, which will allow the Primates of the Orthodox Churches to gather for a new meeting. On the anniversary of the meeting, which took place on February 26, 2020 in the Jordanian capital... Read more

Authorities urge Filaret followers to dialogue with OCU

Elena Bogdan, head of the State Service for Ethnic Policy and Freedom of Conscience, said she would be grateful to the Kyiv Patriarchate for dialogue with the OCU. On February 24, 2021, the head of the State Service for Ethnic... Read more

“Servants of People” propose to close religious organizations “for treason”

The MP’s bill from the “Servant of the People” contains a mechanism for the liquidation of churches “for collaboration”. Parliamentarians from the Servant of the People Party introduced a bill #5143, which provides for criminal liability for religious organizations for... Read more

Expert: Poroshenko’s bill caused by lack of support for OCU among people

The bill on the liquidation of religious organizations is directed against the UOC, which Poroshenko cannot seize with the help of the OCU, says Andrei Zolotarev. Petro Poroshenko and his party “European Solidarity” have prepared bill No. 5101, which allows... Read more

OCU cleric: Vaccine with cells from an aborted child is quite ethical

Andrei Dudchenko believes the abortion of the child who served as the source for the vaccine “was legal”, so there is no reason to refuse the AstraZeneca vaccination. The secretary of the Synodal Theological and Liturgical Commission of the OCU,... Read more

UOC community of Zadubrivka: Raiders shouted “Kill them!” but we withstood

The parishioners of the persecuted UOC community in Zadubrivka have been guarding the church from OCU raiders for the third year. On February 22, 2021, at the Congress of the persecuted communities of the UOC “Faithful”, which took place in... Read more

Address of UOC Chancellor to Congress of persecuted communities published

Metropolitan Anthony spoke about the specific steps that the UOC is taking to protect the persecuted communities. On February 22, 2021, at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, the UOC Chancellor, Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, addressed the participants of the Congress... Read more

Ptycha community: After 6 years of persecution we remain faithful to UOC

The parishioners of the persecuted UOC community in Ptycha detailed the seizure of the church 6 years ago and asked to return the temple to the legal community. On February 22, 2021, at the Congress of the persecuted communities “Faithful”, which... Read more

UOC spokesperson: Thanks to centrist position, our Church unites country

Unlike the OCU and the UGCC, whose ideology is pro-nationalist, the UOC stands for universalism and centrism, said Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich. The Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the UOC, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, in the “Right... Read more

Expert: Authorities must give top-down order to stop persecution of UOC

Elena Dyachenko believes that by revising the laws against the UOC adopted under Poroshenko, the authorities will give the top-down order to end the persecution. The top-down command of the authorities to stop the persecution of the UOC should be... Read more

UOC spokesman: Believers are ready to take to streets to defend the Church

The UOC is holding back parishioners from mass street protests, but people are determined to take a decisive action to protect their Church, Father Nikolai said. Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the... Read more