Cypriot hierarch: Ukrainian issue must be solved urgently, crisis worsening

The bestowal of autocephaly to the OCU has poisoned inter-Orthodox relations, the crisis is rapidly deteriorating and threatens a new schism, says Cypriot hierarch. Orthodoxy at the universal level is represented by unity, which has cracked, said Metropolitan Nikephoros of... Read more

UOC: Ignoring UN’s request, authorities neglect international law

The UOC believes the state’s silence in response to the UN’s request on discrimination against the Church negatively affects the country’s international ratings. In accordance with international law and resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council, the State of Ukraine... Read more

Сoncern over persecution of UOJ journalists expressed in UN report

UN human rights defenders expressed grave concern over the harassment of journalists publishing information on violations of the rights of the UOC believers. In a communication from the UN Special Rapporteurs Group to the state bodies of Ukraine, facts of intimidation and... Read more

Ukraine’s power gives no answer to UN request on offences of the UOC rights

The UOC Representation to European International Organizations regards this as an attempt to conceal the real situation with violation of the believers’ rights. The UN Special Rapporteurs Group, which on September 30, 2018 addressed the authorized state bodies of Ukraine... Read more

Greek media: Phanar sows violence and split in Ukraine instead unity

The celebration of Orthodoxy Triumph by the Ecumenical Patriarchate was overshadowed by the signals it began to receive based on results of the UN conference. In the annual report of the UNHCR, special attention was paid to violations of the rights... Read more

Сandidate for president Alexander Vilkul expresses support for UOC

Ukrainian Orthodoxy is experiencing the hardest times of turmoil and schism, but our holy Orthodox faith will survive, says presidential candidate Alexander Vilkul. On March 17, 2019, during the celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy Week at the Holy Dormition... Read more

In Volyn town, activists want to arrange vote for temple “by registration”

In Kamen-Kashirsky, activists intend to arrange a “secret vote” for the transfer to the OCU, with an accurate list of streets whose residents have the right to vote. In the town of Kamen-Kashirsky of the Volyn region, activists intend to... Read more

Filaret: It is normal that govt. organizes transfer of communities to OCU

Whoever the president is, his task is to preserve the independence of the state. To do this, he needs to rely on the Church, and, therefore, to take care of it. The state is on the side of the Church... Read more

Filaret: Personally, I am not satisfied with the Statute of OCU

Filaret believes the OCU should adopt and use its own Statute, rather than the Phanar’s. He finds it important to change the number of permanent members of the Synod. The current Statute of the OCU has certain drawbacks and, therefore,... Read more

SBU investigator to Archpriest Victor’s flock: now pray for him

During the interrogation, the cleric was served a notice of suspicion. The head of the Department for Settlement of Interfaith Conflicts at the Rovno Eparchy of the UOC Archpriest Viktor Zemlianoy was released after 2.5 hours of interrogation at the... Read more

SBU summons for questioning a priest of Rovno Eparchy of UOC

Archpriest Victor was served a summons on March 12, now he is currently being interrogated. On March 13, 2019, the deputy head of the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Rovno region Bogdan Tuz summoned for questioning... Read more

National Bank mints gold coins dedicated to Tomos

The NBU has minted gold, silver and simple coins dedicated to the Tomos. The National Bank of Ukraine included coins to celebrate the Tomos in the series “Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine”, reports the press service of the NBU on Facebook.... Read more

Phanar pledges to establish a liaison of OCU with Local Churches

Phanar’s obligations to establish contacts between OCU and Local Churches are specified in the Agreement on Cooperation between Ukraine and Ecumenical Patriarchate. Constantinople has committed itself to promote “active cooperation and dialogue with leaders and authorized representatives of all centers of... Read more

Schema-archim. Amphilochius about Baranovka: Beaten, strangled, trampled

Rector of the Holy Protection Church in vlg. Olkha spoke about the details of the temple storming in Baranovka. During the storming of the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Baranovka village, Zhitomir region,... Read more

Another overseas parish of UOC KP bows out of Phanar’s jurisdiction

The OCU “priest” has already informed Epiphany about the decision of the parish entrusted to him. The German deanery of the UOC KP in the city of Cologne decided to reject the transition to the jurisdiction of the Constantinople Patriarchate,... Read more

Contrary to Tomos: UOC KP parishes in US declare their affiliation with OCU

Parishes of the Kiev Patriarchate in Bridgeport and Clifton are averse to the jurisdiction of Phanar. On March 3, 2019, during the annual report-election parish meeting, the community of the Holy Trinity Parish of the Kiev Patriarchate in the city... Read more

St. Nicholas Church community in vlg. Prislop confirms its loyalty to UOC

The parishioners of the old St. Nicholas Church of the UOC in vlg. Prislop of the Mezhgorye district in the Transcarpathian region confirmed loyalty to the UOC. The decision to testify to the allegiance to the canonical Church under the... Read more

Epiphany: There is such a saying – “The Spirit breathes where He wills”

The head of the OCU commented on the decision of the Synod of the Phanar to reinstate Filaret using a quote from the Gospel of John, which he called a proverb. The head of the OCU Epiphany stated that he... Read more

Alexander Usik tells KDAiS students about his faith calling

Answering the questions of KDAiS students, the boxer spoke about the temptations he faces in his profession and the history of his life. On March 9, 2019, in the Holy Dormition Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, a meeting of students of the Kiev... Read more

Phanar responds to Albanian Church on “Ukrainian issue”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has responded to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania concerning the autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine. In his response, Ecumenical Patriarch claims that he has studied in depth the letter of Archbishop Anastasios... Read more

Activists block access to a temple to Abp. Varsonofy and UOC community

In vlg. Bokhoniki, representatives of the territorial community blocked the passage to the temple to the UOC community led by Abp. Varsonofy of Vinnitsa and Bar. Archbishop Varsonofy (Stoliar) of Vinnitsa and Bar posted on his Facebook page a video demonstrating... Read more

OCU supporters seize the Holy Protection Church in the village of Kovpyta

The representatives of the OCU, without waiting for the court decision, broke into the Holy Protection Church of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. On Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the village of Kovpyta, Chernigov region, an unauthorized seizure of the UOC... Read more

Spokesman for UOC: Out of 47 Georgian bishops, only 7 want to recognize OCU

All Georgian theologians who congratulated Epiphany on the enthronement are representatives of the opposition who study in the West, the DECR deputy head said. The Georgian Orthodox Church has not made its decision yet on the recognition of the OCU.... Read more

UOC hierarch meets with UN Special Rapporteur

Bishop Victor took part in the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. On March 8, 2019, during a visit to the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the head of the UOC... Read more

Confrontation of OCU activists with parishioners ends in Berezhnitsa

The head of the village council sealed the temple at 03:00 am, supporters of the new church structure stopped the assault. On March 8, 2019, the assault by OCU activists of the temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the... Read more