Head of Cyprus Church to discuss OCU issue in Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece

The Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church will be constantly informed about these meetings, Archbishop Chrysostomos noted. In the coming days, Primate of the Cyprus Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus will meet with the heads of the Serbian,... Read more

Criminal case for fraud in favour of OCU opened against head of Rovno RSA

The case is initiated on the illegal registration of a new version of the statutes of 43 UOC communities. On May 16, 2019, the Main Investigation Department of the National Police of Ukraine, based on a statement by Archpriest Vasily... Read more

Phanar’s Exarch arrives in Ukraine

Archbishop Daniel of Pamphilon, who worked in Ukraine as an Exarch of Constantinople on the eve of the creation of the OCU, flew to help Epiphany. On May 14, 2019, Epiphany Dumenko visited the 79th airborne brigade in Mariupol, where... Read more

Filaret: Not a single Local Church recognizes OCU

“Honorary Patriarch” of the OCU Filaret said that the new structure is not recognized by any of the Local Orthodox Churches and he does not see ways for its recognition. On May 15, 2019, head of the UOC KP Filaret Denisenko... Read more

Head of OCU: Filaret’s ultimatum humiliates me as a primate

Epiphany Dumenko responded to Filaret’s rant: he won’t fulfill ultimatums, won’t allow authoritarian style and gave no pledges to the former UOC KP head. On May 16, 2019, the BBC News Ukraine resource published an interview with the head of the OCU, Epiphany... Read more

Epiphany convenes OCU Synod due to the conflict with Filaret

Head of the OCU Epiphany announced the session of the “synod” in view of the conflict that broke out in the newly created church structure. On May 16, 2019, in an interview with the BBC-Ukraine, the leader of the OCU, Epiphany Dumenko,... Read more

OCU “hierarch” Alexander: Had I known it, I wouldn’t’ve gone to the Council

Alexander (Drabinko) stated that if he had been aware of the backroom arrangements between Filaret, Epiphany and Poroshenko, he would not have gone to the “Council”. On May 15, 2019, the former UOC Metropolitan and now “bishop” of the OCU... Read more

Filaret publishes an official address in connection with situation in OCU

In the address, “Honorary Patriarch” Filaret described how to remedy the situation in the OCU. On May 14, 2019, “Honorary Patriarch” of the OCU Filaret Denisenko published on the official website of the Kiev Patriarchate an official address “to the... Read more

Filaret: To remedy the situation, Epiphany must obey me

In his Address, Filaret said that at the time of the creation of the OCU, there was an agreement with Epiphany that the “patriarch” should lead the structure. In connection with the situation that has emerged in the OCU, Filaret... Read more

Vatican: Creation of OCU stalls dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholics

The activity of Constantinople in Ukraine has brought the official theological dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox to a standstill. On May 13, 2019, Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, stated that “a significant rupture between... Read more

Epiphany: Union with Greek Catholics is possible

“Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine” Epiphany said that the OCU is closely cooperating with the “patriotic” UGCC. The head of the OCU Epiphany Dumenko said about the possibility of uniting in the future with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church... Read more

Filaret: The Unification Council was not ours but Constantinople’s

The “Honorary Patriarch” of the OCU Filaret said that the “Unification Council” held in Kiev on December 15, 2018, was “not ours”. The unification of Orthodoxy in Ukraine took the path of falsehood. This view was expressed by Filaret Denisenko... Read more

Filaret: I do not exlude OCU split, but we will create Kiev Patriarchate

Filaret believes that the OCU is divided. And therefore, now his “task as a patriarch is to preserve the Kiev Patriarchate, to preserve the Ukrainian Church.” Filaret Denisenko said in an interview with the “1 + 1” TV channel that... Read more

In Mnishin OCU activists beat UOC faithful and seize church

In the village of Mnishin, Rovno region, supporters of the OCU beat old UOC believers, blocked access to the church territory and held their “worship” there. As it became known, on the night of May 12, 2019, the OCU activists... Read more

Article about persecution of canonical Сhurch in Ukraine published in Spain

The social-political newspaper “El Pais”, the most widely read Spanish publication after “Marca”, published a detailed material on the persecution of the UOC. The article “The Orthodox Church: Another War in Ukraine” about the persecution of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church... Read more

Filaret: Kiev Patriarchate can be liquidated only by the one who created it

According to the Ukrainian media, “honorary patriarch” of the OCU Filaret considers the prospects for the full restoration of the Kiev Patriarchate in Ukraine. The Kiev Patriarchate is not liquidated and still exists, asserts Filaret Denisenko, who personally signed a... Read more

Epiphany thanks UGCC head for amity between their churches

The “primate” of the OCU congratulated leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics Sviatoslav Shevchuk on his birthday, noting his decent work as a head of the UGCC. “Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine” Epiphany Dumenko in his congratulations, published on... Read more

Epiphany: In Ukraine, thousands of communities are set to pass to OCU

We will fuel the desire of communities to join us, and eventually they will voluntarily make such a decision, the head of a new religious organization promised. Thousands of communities in Ukraine are determined to voluntarily join the OCU, assured... Read more

Epiphany: Several Local Churches to recognize OCU by the end of the year

The head of the OCU conducts secret negotiations with the Local Churches and is confident that some of them will recognize his structure before the end of the year. During 2019, several Local Orthodox Churches should recognize the OCU, the... Read more

Synod of BOC: Communal prayer with the Pope is unacceptable

The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Church issued a special resolution regarding the visit of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, to Bulgaria. On May 5, 2019, Pope Francis came to Bulgaria, where Catholics make up 1%... Read more

US diplomatic reps discuss “Ukrainian issue” with head of the Greek Church

During the meeting, US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens discussed the issue of the OCU. On May 6, 2019, US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback, accompanied by members of... Read more

Prosecutor General: attacks on religious buildings are acts of terrorism

Attacks on religious buildings pose the same threat to the state and society as terrorist acts, said Lutsenko. On May 6, 2019, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko called to consider any attacks on religious and cult buildings terrorist... Read more

Spokesman for UOC: The state should be equidistant from all denominations

The UOC stresses that they do not want preferences from the new government and are seeking to repeal the laws on the transfer of church communities and name-changing. On May 7, 2019, Archpriest Nikolai Danilevich, Deputy Chairman of the Department... Read more

Vladimir Zelensky meets with the head of UGCC

Shevchuk told Zelensky about the openness of the UGCC to partnership, the importance of the Ukrainian diaspora, and the need to respond to the challenges of hybrid war. On May 6, the newly elected President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met... Read more

Sviatogorsk Lavra to hold a cross procession to commemorate Victory Day

The brotherhood of the Sviatogorsk Lavra invites everyone to join the cross procession to commemorate Victory Day and the requiem church service for the fallen soldiers. On May 9, 2019, on Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War, a religious procession... Read more