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Russia Loses the War of the Churches (39)


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The predicted and expected Russian campaign of urban terrorism repackaged as “religious divisions” may have just commenced.  St Andrew’s Church, just transferred to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, was attacked by two thugs with a bag of Molotov cocktails and a cleric who approached them was attacked with pepper spray and assaulted. This kind of mischief may sell as propaganda to zombified Russians, but nobody is buying it in Ukraine, and police are actively searching for the perpetrators – if Russian SOP was applied, both would be local petty criminals hired for the task.

The political shenanigans of the ROC Kyiv branch office are still producing media traffic. The Russians are losing this game badly.


Kyiv police launch investigation into Molotov cocktail attack on St Andrew’s Church, criminals facing up to 10 years in prison

The Kyiv police have launched two investigations into the March 15 morning incident when unidentified persons threw Molotov cocktails at the doors of the foundation building of St Andrew’s Church in Kyiv, which is now under renovation. The Kyiv police have launched two investigations into the March 15 morning incident when unidentified persons threw Molotov cocktails at the doors of the foundation building of St Andrew’s Church in Kyiv, which is now under renovation. The police said the criminals will be facing up to 10 years in prison for those crimes. Also, the police said they had found a backpack near the church, which most likely belongs to the thugs. Andriy Kryschenko, chief of the Kyiv Police, said during a live talk at 112.Ukraina TV Channel that, according to the latest reports, “no fewer than four persons” were involved in the commitment of the crime. Also, he said that the police discovered a few more cocktail bombs inside the backpack.

Unidentified persons commit arson attack on Kyiv-based St. Andrew’s Church. PHOTOS

15.11.18 11:32 – Unidentified persons commit arson attack on Kyiv-based St. Andrew’s Church. PHOTOS St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv came under failed arson attack in the early hours of Thursday, Nov. 15. View news.

Kyiv St. Andrew’s Church comes under attempted arson attack | UNIAN

St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv was targeted in a foiled arson attack in the early hours of Thursday, Nov 15. The perpetrators assaulted a priest, the report says. St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv was targeted in a foiled arson attack in the early hours of Thursday, Nov 15. “This morning, at about 07:20, two unidentified persons tried to set fire to St. Andrew’s Church, namely they threw bottles with an inflammatory mixture. It did not work out – [the mixture] did not set off. After their fiasco, the young men fled toward Peyzazhna Alley,” the Kyiv Operative online community wrote on Facebook. Press-secretary for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Yevstratiy Zorya, confirmed the incident, adding that no damage was inflicted to church property. However, he added that a priest “was injured as a result of the perpetrators’ actions” as the latter assaulted and pepper-sprayed him. “We’re seeing that Moscow’s henchmen are trying through such ‘transparent hints’ to ‘scare off’ representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to whom St. Andrew’s church is being transferred to set up a representation headquarters,” Zorya said. The search for culprits is under way, the National Police say. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on October 18 passed presidential bill No. 9208 on transferring Kyiv-based St. Andrew’s Church to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for permanent use. On November 3, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I thanked Poroshenko for the transfer of the church’s building to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Ukrainian president on November 7 signed the bill into law to enact the transfer of St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople for permanent use.

U.S. Embassy concerned about attack on St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv – 15.11.2018 17:00 — Ukrinform News

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has expressed concern about an attack on St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv and stated support for the right of all religious groups to practice their beliefs without persecution or attack. “We are very concerned by reports of an attack on St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv today. We support the right of all religious groups to practice their beliefs free from persecution, interference, or attack,” the embassy reported on its Twitter account. Early on Thursday, November 15, two unidentified young men tried to set fire to one of the entrances to St. Andrew’s Church in Kyiv by throwing Molotov cocktails at the building.

Jonah Fisher on Twitter: “One of Kiev’s most famous churches attacked (though it seems to have failed). Ukraine orthodox church says there’s a Russian connection. Ukraine orthodox church about to be granted independence from Russian branch. https://t.co/1BLZEV8e4y”

Kyiv Patriarchate says official date for Unification Council yet to be announced | UNIAN

The date for the Unification Council is yet to be announced officially, Archbishop and press secretary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Yevstratiy Zorya, says. Amid the ongoing preparation process, if for some reason the Council does not meet on the unconfirmed date some sources announced, Russian propagandists will immediately create a wave of public frustration, the spokesman warns.

Kyiv Patriarchate says arrangements for church unification assembly still underway, date not yet confirmed

15.11.18 12:38 – Kyiv Patriarchate says arrangements for church unification assembly still underway, date not yet confirmed Media reports that the date for holding a unification assembly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine has allegedly been chosen are just rumors. View news.

Be cautious with news in view of upcoming unification assembly of Orthodox Church in Ukraine

Rostyslav Pavlenko, an advisor to the president of Ukraine and director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, has called not to be tricked by information attacks in the media dealing with the arrangements for a unification assembly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. Rostyslav Pavlenko, an advisor to the president of Ukraine and director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, has called not to be tricked by information attacks in the media dealing with the arrangements for a unification assembly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. “I am again calling on you to be watchful with the news in the media. Since there are a lot of people involved in the arrangements for the Assembly, and there are lots more who are willing to demonstrate their awareness, and more often their creativity and fantasy, an extremely nutrient-rich soil has evolved for fake news and provocations,” Pavlenko wrote on Facebook on November 15. Pavlenko said those people make him refute and comment such information, to say the least, instead of working together to find mutually acceptable solutions. “And they can breed suspicion, mistrust, and strife when there is a need for tolerating, being able to listen and trust, and working together,” the presidential advisor said. He said, “anonymous sources either don’t have comprehensive information or do stove piping on purpose.” “Don’t you trust them. Work with the official data even though they are not as sensational as the data from ‘the sources’,” Pavlenko said. He voiced his belief that the Ukrainian Orthodox Christianity will soon gain its independence. “Since the very start of our fight for the tomos, we have asked you to be patient, trust, and support. This is what has happened, and now there is only one step left to our goal. Let’s not give the aggressor and its proxies a chance to impede this step,” Pavlenko wrote.

Unification council to gather on Nov 22 to announce creation of independent church in Ukraine | UNIAN

A unification council is scheduled to gather on November 22 to announce the creation of a local independent Orthodox church in Ukraine. Kovalenko forecasts all local churches will maintain relations with both Moscow and Constantinople. A unification council is scheduled to gather on November 22 to announce the creation of a local independent Orthodox church in Ukraine. “We are in transition. The Moscow Patriarchate has made its mind both in general and in Ukraine. It is worth waiting. They promise to hold a unification council on November 22,” former press secretary of the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archpriest Georgy Kovalenko told Radio Liberty’s Ukrainian service. “According to the church’s rules and traditions, any decision of the hierarchy should be accepted or not accepted, including by the clergy and members of the church,” Kovalenko said. Read alsoDetails revealed of Poroshenko’s meeting with Moscow Patriarchate’s hierarchs He says he is confident that all local churches will try to do everything so that this conflict does not grow to the global level, therefore, they will maintain relations with both Moscow and Constantinople, simultaneously trying to resolve their own issues rather than blocking or helping those involved in the process. Following the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople October 11, it was announced that the procedure of granting Ukraine autocephaly would continue. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that the process of creating an autocephalous (independent) church is being finalized, all conditions have been created for preparing for a local council, so that the tomos, a document granting autocephaly to the local Orthodox church in Ukraine, could be provided in accordance with the canons of the church. The Russian-backed clergy said their church would not take part in the creation of the local autocephalous church in Ukraine. They also declared they were going to sever Eucharistic communion with Constantinople. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate under Patriarch Filaret is leading a drive to establish a national church independent of the Russian Orthodox Church in the face of strong opposition from Moscow. The Ukrainian church split from its Russian parent following the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, but Filaret has stepped up his drive for an independent national church since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the outbreak of a Kremlin-backed separatist insurgency in the eastern Donbas region.

Bishops’ council may take place on November 22, – archpriest Kovalenko – 112.international

The bishops’ council may be held on November 22, – archpriest Kovalenko

Ukrainian archbishops complain about Moscow pressure – LB.ua news portal

Archbishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) complained about unprecedented pressure by Moscow at a meeting with President Petro Poroshenko, according to his spokesman Svyatoslav Tseholko. The pressure is being exerted on the UOC MP archbishops supportive of Ukraine’s drive for an independent church. “The Russian scenario was foiled yesterday. Representatives of a group of UOC MP archbishops, who support our address to the Ecumenical Patriarch on autocephaly, met the president of Ukraine in the Ukrainian House,” Tseholko said on Facebook. The president briefed them on his talks with Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew and the Ecumenical Seat’s readiness to facilitate a unification assembly. The president promised to protect the right of priests and believers to free choice of church jurisdiction. He added that the Ecumenical Patriarch guarantees canonical protection to autocephaly supporters in Ukraine. Late on Tuesday, Poroshenko met several UOC MP archbishops behind closed doors.

Poroshenko assures hierarchs of UOC (MP) that the state will protect their right to free choice of church jurisdiction

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a meeting in the Ukrainian House on Tuesday assured a group of hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) that the state would protect the right of clergy and laity to free choice of church jurisdiction, presidential spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko has said.

Moscow-run Ukrainian Orthodox Church refuses to meet Poroshenko outside Lavra – LB.ua news portal

Moscow-run Ukrainian Orthodox Church refuses to meet Poroshenko outside Lavra. The president invited Onufriy and archbishops to the Ukrainian House. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

UOC (MP) Episcopal Council ready to meet with Ukrainian President, but in church territory

The Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) declares its readiness to hold a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, but only on the church territory.

Media report Poroshenko meets with part of hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate | KyivPost

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in the Ukrainian House on Nov. 13 evening held a private meeting with part of the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. Advisor to the president of Ukraine, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies Rostyslav Pavlenko in the interview with the Priamy TV channel on Nov. 13 evening did not mention the number of UOC (MP) hierarchs who attended the meeting, but noted that “there were those who plan to participate in the council for the creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.” “At the meeting, the hierarchs also talked about the pressure exerted on them [from the leaders of the UOC-MP],” he said. Pavlenko did not name a possible date of the council, but noted that “there is not much time left for it.”

Poroshenko ready for dialogue on creating Ukrainian local church

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is ready for a dialogue in the “Ukrainian House” with the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) on the creation of the Ukrainian Local Orthodox Church, as was suggested earlier, the presidential administration’s press service told the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Russian-backed Ukrainian church rejects unification

The Russian-controlled branch of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine said Tuesday that it would not participate in the establishment of a unified church there as Kiev seeks to cut spiritual ties with Moscow. In a historic decision last month, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual leader

Moscow-run Ukrainian Orthodox Church defies Constantinople – LB.ua news portal

Moscow-run Ukrainian Orthodox Church defies Constantinople. It will not join efforts to form the independent Ukrainian Church. Political – LB.ua news portal. Latest from Ukraine and the world today

Moscow Patriarchy in Ukraine refuses to take part in Unification Council | KyivPost

The Bishop Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchy declared that it will not participate in the upcoming Unification Council. The council will choose the Kyiv Patriarch, who will receive the Tomos from the Constantinople Orthodox Church, granting the newly established Ukrainian church autocephaly, or independence. The Moscow branch held a Bishop Council, on Nov. 13, in the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra. The Moscow council issued a 13-point statement, in which it declared itself the only legal Orthodox Church in Ukraine. The bishops declared illegal any actions that take place without the Russian Orthodox Church. According to Moscow branch’s Council of Bishops, “the process of the so-called Tomos on autocephaly is artificial, imposed from the outside, does not reflect the church position, will not bring real church unity and will deepen the division and will intensify conflicts among the people of Ukraine.”

“Russian scenario” of UOC-MP’s demarche disrupted – Poroshenko’s press secretary | UNIAN

Ukrainian Presidential Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko says representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), who support the creation of a single church in Ukraine, have disrupted the “Russian scenario,” by meeting with President Petro Poroshenko. Hierarchs of the UOC-MP, who support the creation of a single local church, report insane pressure exerted on them on the part of Moscow.

UAWire – Ecumenical Patriarchate: Holy Synod to grant Ukrainian Church autocephaly

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will grant the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly (independence), Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said in an address on the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor (man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed millions of Ukrainians). “This great responsibility of the mother church, the holy and great Church of Christ, surely has no borders. And so, just as we grant autocephaly to all local churches, the Holy Synod has decided to grant autocephaly to the long-suffering Orthodox Church in Ukraine, so that it can accede to the fullness of orthodoxy in unity and inner peace. Only the first throne of orthodoxy, the Constantinople Church, has this great responsibility according to the Holy Canons,” the address states. The message was published on the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate explained their mission in the process of granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church its autocephaly. “We are getting involved because it is our duty – exclusively on the basis of reliable church, world and exclusively from national criteria – for the sake of the truth and traditions of the church, the protection of the canonical order and identity of orthodoxy, always to build up the body of Christ, and not for ourselves and not to show to the forces or authorities of the world,” the address continues. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said that if the First Throne of Orthodoxy were to remain indifferent about this matter, “we would remain without justification before God and history”.

TASS: Society & Culture – Ukrainian Orthodox Church rejects idea of joint autocephalous church – Council of Bishops

Ukrainian Orthodox Church rejects idea of joint autocephalous church – Council of Bishops

TASS: Society & Culture – Ukrainian church says its clerical life should not be debated on secular platforms

Pressing issues relating to church life should be discussed at religious rather than secular platforms, says the chairman of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Synodal Information Department

TASS: Society & Culture – Only three Ukrainian Orthodox hierarchs attend meeting with president — media

Only three Ukrainian Orthodox hierarchs attend meeting with president — media

Religious Conflict In Ukraine Provoked Externally – Ukrainian Orthodox Church – UrduPoint

The process of providing autocephaly to the non-canonical Ukrainian church and the subsequent conflict were imposed from the outside, the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) said in a statement on Tuesday. MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 13th November, 2018) The process of providing autocephaly to the non-canonical Ukrainian church and the subsequent conflict were imposed from the outside, the Council of Bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Bishops’ Council emphasizes that the process of providing a so-called tomos about autocephaly is artificial, imposed from the outside, does not reflect the internal ecclesiastical necessity, will not bring real church unity and will deepen the division, and will intensify conflicts among the people of Ukraine. We consider it impossible for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church episcopate, clergy and laypeople to take part in these processes,” the council stated.

 

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