Mass media: Filaret is set to hold a local council of the UOC KP

“Honorary Patriarch” Filaret Denisenko outlined the main task – to preserve the Kiev Patriarchate independent from Moscow and Phanar. And no matter to what extent. At a meeting with the rectors of Kiev churches, which took place at Filaret’s residence... Read more

Athonites ask pilgrims from Ukraine to confirm their affiliation with UOC

The abbots of Athos monasteries have asked His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry to issue UOC pilgrims certificates confirming their affiliation with the canonical Church. The UOJ publishes a circular of the Kiev Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, according to which... Read more

Yurash: Kiev Patriarchate and UOC KP are different structures

“All statements made on behalf of the UOC KP are illegitimate,” said Andrei Yurash, Head of the Department for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Culture  The head of the Department for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Culture of... Read more

Expert: We will work to have the world pay attention to persecution of UOC

With the resignation of Petro Poroshenko from the post of President of Ukraine, religious conflicts and attempts at church raiding did not stop, Melnichuk noted. “We will monitor the violation of the rights of believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church... Read more

Bukovina authorities want to deprive UOC believers of parental rights

The Zastavnа district authorities demanded that parishioners do not take their children to the church. In case of disobedience, they can be deprived of parental rights. On May 31, 2019, the head of the Zastavna District State Administration Yuri Kitar... Read more

Filaret declines comment on the “clergy” meeting in Kiev to mass media

The website of the UOC KP only reports that “patriarch” Filaret met with the rectors of the Kiev city temples and discussed current issues of church life with them. On Monday, May 3, 2019, the “honorary patriarch” Filaret Denisenko convened the... Read more

Bishop Nathanael: They persecute their neighbor but claim to be Christians

The principles that guide invaders of the temples of the canonical Church are even difficult to be called human, let alone Christian. One thing is a declaration of the rights of believers, and another is real life, in which the... Read more

OCU “hierarch”: Now you grab Filaret’s temple – next day they’ll grab yours

“Metropolitan” Joasaph Shibaev of Belgorod called on the representatives of the OCU “not to lay themselves open to ridicule before the whole world”. One cannot expect recognition of the Church, in which lawlessness is made law, wrote “hierarch” of the... Read more

Kruty believers disrupt provocation of UOC KP supporters and radicals

For the second time, the Kruty community said a decisive “no!” to the provocation of representatives of the UOC KP and VO “Svoboda” and confirmed the loyalty to the UOC. On June 1, 2019, in the village of Kruty of the Nezhin... Read more

In Tovtry, OCU supporters from a security company block UOC church

In the village of Tovtry, members of the OCU from the security company “Tiger” did not let the UOC community into the seized temple, forcing them to pray outdoors. On June 2, 2019, young people of athletic build from the... Read more

Mass media: Patriarch Bartholomew might be dethroned because of Ukraine

The representative of the Antioch Patriarchate declared that a Pan-Orthodox Council could be convened without participation of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The Antiochian Church seeks a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian church crisis, but Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople “makes a mistake”... Read more

OCU threatens Filaret with dismissal

“Metropolitan” Anthony Makhota reminded “honorary patriarch” Filaret Denisenko that he could be retired. The “hierarch” of the OCU, Anthony Makhota, commenting on the conflict around banning of Alexander Trofimliuk’s “from prieshood”, reminded Filaret that he could lose his position because... Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew: Autocephaly of OCU is inspired by the Gospel

Phanar’s decision to grant Ukraine autocephaly was ecclesiologically correct and free from any political or diplomatic pressure. There are no more splits in Ukraine, because all believers were restored in communion with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, Patriarch... Read more

Govorun: Without state pressure, “Unification Council” could hardly happen

For Poroshenko’s team, it was important to hold the “Council” to get the Tomos for a new church structure, without particularly worrying about its quality. Without pressure from the state and personally President Petro Poroshenko, the “Unification Council” would hardly... Read more

Filaret accuses head of OCU Epiphany of violating the bishop’s oath

Epiphany Dumenko sets a bad example for the “hierarchs” of the OCU, “Patriarch” Filaret believes. In response to the Decree of the head of the OCU dated May 29, 2019, by which Epiphany Dumenko cancelled the Decree of the “honorary... Read more

Legoyda: Phanar cannot resolve the situation around Orthodoxy in Ukraine

The ROC representative noted that the Phanar cannot unilaterally solve the current problem around the Orthodox Church in Ukraine due to its anti-canonical decisions. The Patriarch of Constantinople cannot resolve the current problem around the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Vladimir... Read more

“OCU hierarch”: Epiphany neglects church canons and episcopal oath

“Metropolitan” Joasaph said that the head of OCU had no right to expropriate the Intercession temple from Filaret and criticized Epiphany for disregarding canon law. The “hierarch” of the OCU, Joasaph Shibaev, commented on Epiphany’s decree on the removal of the... Read more

UOC KP accuses Yurash of state incursion into affairs of the Church

The UOC KP believes that the calls of Andrei Yurash to convene an extraordinary “Synod” of the OCU due to the recent actions of Filaret are not within his competence. On May 29, 2019, the press center of the “Kiev... Read more

CoE Commissioner for Human Rights is to visit Ukraine

Mijatović announced her decision to monitor the violation of the rights of the UOC believers. On May 27, 2019, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović said that she intends to visit Ukraine in the near future... Read more

Filaret clears Kiev temples of OCU from Epiphany’s followers

Filaret takes control of the Pokrovsky (Intercession) Church and the St.Theodosius Monastery, from which Eustraty Zoria is being evicted. Filaret sent Boris Tabachek, a cleric of St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, to take control of the Pokrovsky Church, where Alexander Trofimliuk was... Read more

Patriarch Kirill raises the issue of persecution of UOC in European Council

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church visited the Council of Europe and discussed with its staff a religious conflict in Ukraine. On May 27, 2019, in Strasbourg, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus met with the... Read more

Filaret and Epiphany demand observance of church canons from each other

Epiphany confiscated the Pokrovsky (Intercession) parish of Kiev from Filaret, which gave rise to accusing the head of the OCU of the non-observance of canons. The confrontation between Filaret and Epiphanius is growing. On May 29, they published two Decrees accusing... Read more

UOC Chancellor: It’s 27 years since Kharkov Council but Filaret is the same

The time elapsed since the time of the Bishops’ Council in Kharkov confirms: the bishops of the UOC made the only correct decision then. The schismatics, as before, try to get themselves regular bonuses in the form of various privileges,... Read more

“Hierarch” of OCU speaks against Epifanios’ inclusion into “episcopate”

“Metropolitan” Joasaph Shibaev expressed his protest against the inclusion of the Greek Epifanios in the “episcopate” of the OCU and accused its head of dictatorship. The hierarch of the OCU, Joasaph Shibaev, spoke out with harsh criticism of the head... Read more

Pat. Bartholomew: We restored the canonicity of the entire Ukrainian nation

The Patriarchate of Constantinople restored the canonicity of the people that was outside the Church for no dogmatic reason, the head of the Phanar said. We consider it a great blessing from God that the Ecumenical Patriarchate managed to restore... Read more