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This is a solid victory for Ukraine.
This is a horrible defeat for Russia.
Today, Russia finally lost the war to keep the Ukrainian Orthodox Church unlawfully attached to the Russian Orthodox Church. Earlier today, in Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarch signed the decree granting independence. A great many reports detailing the event. Tomorrow a formal handover ceremony.
Russia engages its proxies to play its theatre of OC disunity. ROC branch office in Ukraine may be in serious trouble due to breaches of monastery leases.
UATV English Published on Jan 5, 2019 The official document was signed by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
AFP news agency Published on Jan 5, 2019 The Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople signs the formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attended the ceremony in Istanbul. IMAGES
The whole Orthodox Church, located within the borders of independent Ukraine, is now canonically autocephalous, independent and self-governing. This is stated in the full text of Tomos, published on the page of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Facebook. The document states that the affairs of the VPC should be managed “freely and in the Holy Spirit, and without hindrance, without any other external influence.” The internal church administration, according to Tomos, is “considered, judged and determined solely” by the head of the HCV and the Holy Synod. Full text of tomos Bartholomew, to God, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch “We went up to the mountains of Sionsk … і to the Church of the Firstborn” (Heb. 12: 22–23), the blessed midst of the people of the Apostle Pavlo, to speak of usnar; And, yes, the Church, the mountain, that is, and the stationary, the untrusted, and the not cool. 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The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has signed a decree of independence for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople has signed a decree granting autocephaly, or independence, to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, ending more than 330 years of Russian religious control in Ukraine. The ceremony on January 5 in Istanbul, which is considered the spiritual headquarters of Orthodox Christianity, was attended by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The decree, or “tomos,” will now be handed over to the head of the new Ukrainian church, Metropolitan Epifaniy, on January 6, completing the two-day spiritual ceremony. “It is a great honor for me to visit Istanbul, where a long-awaited event will take place tomorrow,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook, referring to the official handover of the decree. Poroshenko predicted that the move will open a “new era in Orthodox history.” “We pray for peace and unity,” he added. Bartholomew announced the decision to recognize Ukraine’s request for an autocephalous church in October. In December, Ukrainian Orthodox leaders agreed on the creation of a new national Orthodox church and elected the 39-year-old Epifaniy to head that church. Russia long opposed such efforts by the Ukrainians for an independent church, which intensified after Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and began supporting separatists shortly thereafter in Ukraine’s eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The announcement by Bartholomew, who is considered the leader of the 300-million-strong worldwide Orthodox community, came amid deepening tension over efforts by Ukrainian Orthodox churches to formally break away from Russia’s orbit. It also prompted the Russian Orthodox Church to announce days later that it was ending its relationship with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in protest.
The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from Russia which Ukrainian leaders see as vital to the country’s security.
ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed the “Tomos” in Istanbul in front of clerics and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, forming the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It forces Ukrainian clerics to pick sides between the Moscow-backed Ukrainian churches and the new church as fighting persists in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed rebels.
The head of the Orthodox Church signs a decree at an Istanbul ceremony attended by Ukraine’s leader.
Newly elected head receives decree of autocephaly in elaborate ceremony in Istanbul
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has signed a decree of independence for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has signed the Tomos of autocephaly for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) at St. George’s Cathedral in Istanbul. The ceremony was broadcast live by Ukrainian television channels on Saturday. Advisor to the Ukrainian president Rostyslav Pavlenko, staying in Istanbul, said that soon the tomos will be officially translated into Ukrainian. “It has happened! The tomos on the autocephaly (independence) of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was signed by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the presence of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Primate of the OCU Metropolitan Epiphanius (Epifaniy), and the large Ukrainian delegation,” Pavlenko wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday. The tomos was read in Greek from the pulpit. “The official translation is very soon… Tomorrow is handing,” Pavlenko said. The solemn signing of the tomos was attended by the Ukrainian delegation consisting of President Poroshenko and his wife Maryna, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy, Third President of Ukraine Viktor Yushchenko, First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv, Deputy Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov, Minister of Defense Stepan Poltorak and others. Before the signing of the document, the head of the OCU, Metropolitan Epiphanius, Metropolitan Oleksandr (Drabynko) and Metropolitan Simeon (Shostatsky) transferred to the OCU from the UOC of Moscow Patriarchate, and Metropolitan of Lutsk and Volynsky Mykhailo (Zinkevych) from the UOC of Kyiv Patriarchate took part in the collective prayer. The tomos will be delivered to Metropolitan Epiphanius (Epifaniy) on January 6.
At the ceremony held in Istanbul on Saturday, January 5, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed the tomos of autocephaly, that is, canonical independence, of the newly-created Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Before signing, the priests held a prayer in the Patriarchal Church of St. George. At the ceremony held in Istanbul on Saturday, January 5, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed the tomos of autocephaly, that is, canonical independence, of the newly-created Orthodox Church of Ukraine. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy, former President Viktor Yushchenko, and other guests attended the ceremony. Before signing, the priests held a prayer in the Patriarchal Church of St. George. After that, OCU Metropolitan Epifaniy and Petro Poroshenko held a meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch. It was after this meeting that the signing ceremony took place. Thus, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine became the 15th local Orthodox church.
The ceremony of signing the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was held in Istanbul, 112 Ukraine broadcasted the event. The Ukrainian delegation led by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and primate of the UOC Metropolitan Epifaniy were at the ceremony of the signing. Related: Bartholomew calls Orthodox middle-rank leaders to admit Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church A prayer service was held prior to the signing the Tomos, the service lasted 20 minutes. Tomorrow, January 6, a divine liturgy will take place in St. George’s Cathedral, after which the Tomos will be passed to Metropolitan Epifaniy.
05 January 2019 Before signing, the priests held a prayer in the Patriarchal Church of St. George. At the ceremony held in Istanbul on Saturday, January 5, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed the tomos of autocephaly, that is, canonical independence, of the newly-created Orthodox Church of Ukraine. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy,…
In Istanbul, at the residence of the Constantinople Patriarchate, a ceremony is signed by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Tomas for Ukraine. Tomos is a decree that defines the status of the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine. He recognizes and proclaims its independence. At the ceremony in Istanbul there are the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy, Metropolitan Epiphanius Chief of the Local Church, former President Viktor Yushchenko and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak. With the signing of tomos for Ukraine, the procedure for obtaining church independence is formally completed. Following the signing by the Patriarch of Constantinople of a church decree, on January 6 he will hand over the tomorrow of Metropolitan Epifaniyu. And tomorrow January 7 tomos will be brought to St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, where everyone will be able to see him. Earlier there were three Orthodox churches in Ukraine: the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate, the UOC-KP Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church. The last two officially did not recognize any Orthodox Church, and the UOC-MP was subordinated to Moscow. However, by 1686, Ukraine had independence from Moscow, and its Kyiv metropolitan was recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, of which it was part. Currently, Petro Poroshenko claims that gaining independence for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is an integral part of national identity and national security. And Minister for Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said that “almost nobody expected this to happen.” December 15 at the Unity Council in Kiev created the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Metropolitan of the Pereiaslav and Bila Tserkva Epiphanius , representative of the UOC-KP, was elected as the primate of the Ukrainian local Orthodox Church. READ ALSO Head of the new Orthodox Church in Ukraine elected Epiphanius : who is he READ ALSO Your own lord: who and when gave tomos to the churches, and who wrote him to Ukraine The local church is an association of all Orthodox believers, which is created by the territorial principle. The local church stands in opposition to the universal, becomes independent and self-governing in the territory of a certain state, and usually agrees with the political and administrative division and state borders.
Paul Grod on Twitter: “The Tomos granting the Orthodox Church of Ukraine autocephaly has been signed by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. It will be bestowed on Metropolitan Epiphanius tomorrow.”
Hromadske.UA on Twitter: “Patriarch Bartholomew and Ukrainian metropolitan Epiphanius came to the Church of St. George for the signature of TOMSU for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine https://hromadske.ua/posts/pidpisannya-tomosu-dlya-pravoslavnoyi-cerkvi-ukrayini-nazhivo …”
Tetyana on Twitter: “#Tomos for #Ukraine. The signing ceremony of tomos by the Ecumenical Patriarch right now in Istanbul. This will be the most discussed topic in Ukraine for the coming days. And tomorrow is Orthodox #Christmas. Present for all Ukrainians after generations waited for it.… https://t.co/p3cDiSt9ED”
Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, recognizes the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Istanbul, a move that would raise further tensions with neighboring Russia
ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed the “Tomos” in Istanbul in front of clerics and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, forming the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Moscow warns disputes over church property could cause bloodshed
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has assured that the Church of Constantinople will always support the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). “Today, with God’s help, we are restoring millions of believers of your land in church unity, who suddenly and not by their own will and reason were out of canonicity and unity… the Church of Constantinople returned them not as a stepmother, but as a mother,” he said on Saturday in Istanbul after the ceremony of signing the tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The patriarch said that the Church of Constantinople has a long way and on this road it never showed itself to be a stepmother towards anyone and always generously gave everything to the last. According to the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Church of Constantinople will always support Ukraine. “The Church of Constantinople will always stand by your side… praying and working for your good,” he said. Patriarch Bartholomew expressed the hope that the newly established Orthodox Church of Ukraine would be sustainable. According to the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epiphanius (Epifaniy), the path to signing the tomos was difficult. “The road to today’s blessed day was difficult. The way of truth was really difficult and sorrowful,” he said.
President Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of signing the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul. The solemn ceremony took place in the Patriarchal Church of St. George. President Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of signing the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul. The solemn ceremony took place in the Patriarchal Church of St. George. After the ceremony, the Head of State appealed to the attendees: “Your All-Holiness, Your Beatitude, Your Eminence, Ladies and Gentlemen. Dear Ukrainians who are watching us today in Ukraine and around the world, who have been waiting for this event for thousands of years. Thank God! For without God’s will this event would have been impossible”.
“Your Beatitude, after the golden ink of His All-Holiness signed the text of the Tomos, tomorrow, after giving the Tomos, based on the decisions of the Unity Council of December 15, you will become the leader of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine recognized by the world Orthodoxy. The Church, which shows love and ensures the unity of the state,” President Petro Poroshenko addressed Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy immediately after the ceremony of signing the Tomos by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. “I beg you and pray for the church to continue to unite Ukraine with love and prayer,” Petro Poroshenko added. The Head of State congratulated the Primate of the OCU on “the huge mission that many generations of Ukrainians have been waiting for, and which has fallen on your shoulders”. “Again, I emphasize that we will act solely with love and faith. Reading the preface of the book by His All-Holiness, I found interesting words: “The war in the name of religion is a war against religion”. I share your words, Your All-Holiness. And I want to say that it is by love and prayer that Ukraine is being united now. This is a great day. I am grateful to everyone involved,” the President said.
President Petro Poroshenko awarded Ecumenical Patriarch, Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome His All-Holiness Bartholomew with the Order of Merit of the First Degree. President Petro Poroshenko awarded Ecumenical Patriarch, Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome His All-Holiness Bartholomew with the Order of Merit of the First Degree. Petro Poroshenko presented the award for the exceptional personal contribution of His All-Holiness to the development of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the rise of the authority of Orthodoxy in the world, the long-standing activity in asserting the ideals of spirituality, mercy and interfaith harmony. The Ecumenical Patriarch, in turn, handed over to the Head of the Ukrainian State a memorable medal – the cross of Panagia Pammakaristos.
President Petro Poroshenko invited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to visit Ukraine. “Your All-Holiness, many thanks to you. I want to emphasize, we are waiting for you in Ukraine. And we look forward to welcome you,” Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarch after the solemn ceremony of signing the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine by His All-Holiness.
The Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) will continue uniting the country, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said. “I beg you and pray that the Church will continue uniting Ukraine with love and prayer,” Poroshenko said on Saturday in Istanbul after the ceremony of signing of the tomos on the autocephaly of the OCU by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. He recalled that in Ukraine, an independent church had been waiting for centuries. “Among the 15 stars, among the 15 Orthodox churches, a Ukrainian star has appeared. In St. George’s Cathedral we heard a prayer in the Ukrainian language. It was a long way for us to this,” Poroshenko said. The president called the signing of the tomos on the autocephaly a historical event and expressed the hope that this day will go down in history forever.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has invited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to visit Ukraine. “I want to say: we are waiting for you in Ukraine and we are looking forward to your visit,” Poroshenko said on Saturday in Istanbul after the ceremony of signing the tomos on the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) by Patriarch Bartholomew. “Thank God! Without God’s will, this event would not have been possible – the signing of the tomos for Ukraine. I thank his All Holiness Bartholomew for faith, love for Ukraine and our people, courage to begin the process of granting the autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the completion of which we are celebrating these days,” the president of Ukraine said.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew shall officially sign Tomos, the formal decree of autocephaly, tomorrow, on January 5, 2019. After the formal signing of the Tomos of Autocephaly for Ukraine, a divine liturgy shall take place, to be followed by the handing the Tomos to Epifaniy, the Metropolitan of Ukrainian Orthodox Church. 10:30, January 5: live broadcast of the prayer service and signing of the Tomos is to start on Ukrainian public TV channels. 8:30, January 6: Ukrainian public TV shall broadcast the ceremony of handing Tomos in Istanbul and divine liturgy after the ceremony. The procedure of granting Tomos, a document of autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, will take place at St. George’s Cathedral at the Phanar, Istanbul on Christmas eve.
The ecumenical patriarch’s letter to the patriarchs and archbishops of the autocephalous Orthodox churches — No from Poland, reservations from Antioch. TO VIMA | Maria Antoniadou “The realization of all [our] efforts is expected on January 6, day of the Epiphany, on which we intend to grant the Tomos of autocephaly and concelebrate with the primate of the autocephalous Orthodox church [of Ukraine],” states Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in his letter to the patriarchs and archbishops of the autocephalous Orthodox churches as they welcome in the new year. Just as Ukrainian representatives have begun arriving at the Phanar, hierarchs of the local Orthodox churches are studying the details of the letter in order to in turn proceed with recognizing the new church. The patriarch notes: “We inform You [of the situation in Ukraine] expressing our brotherly trust in Your Beatitude and knowing very well the will and expressed desire of Ukraine… [as well as] the responsibility the church of Constantinople bears in solving all ecclesiastical issues… You will agree with these efforts… and will recognize the Ukrainian church as an autocephalous church… commemorating the name of the metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine during the diptychs, immediately after the name of His Beatitude the archbishop of Czechia and Slovakia.” Having gone through everything that has transpired these last few months as well as his side’s efforts, Patriarch Bartholomew calls upon the primates to proceed with recognition, stressing that “Should we choose to ignore our brethren who are experiencing moments of agony in Ukraine, we will not have any justification [to give] on the Day of Judgment before the fearsome, single, and just throne of the Judge of the souls and hearts of all people, our just Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has called on patriarchs and archbishops of autocephalous Orthodox churches worldwide to support the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. The Ecumenical Patriarch noted that if “we choose to ignore our brethren who are experiencing moments of agony in Ukraine, we will not have any justification [to give] on the Day of Judgment.” Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has called on patriarchs and archbishops of autocephalous Orthodox churches worldwide to support the granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. “The realization of all [our] efforts is expected on January 6, day of the Epiphany, on which we intend to grant the Tomos of autocephaly and concelebrate with the primate of the autocephalous Orthodox church [of Ukraine],” Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew stated in his letter to the patriarchs and archbishops of the autocephalous Orthodox churches, published on Orthodoxia.info. Bartholomew has added that, just as Ukrainian representatives have begun arriving at the Phanar, hierarchs of the local Orthodox churches are studying the details of the letter in order to in turn proceed with recognizing the new church. Patriarch Bartholomew has called upon the primates to proceed with recognition, stressing that “Should we choose to ignore our brethren who are experiencing moments of agony in Ukraine, we will not have any justification [to give] on the Day of Judgment before the fearsome, single, and just throne of the Judge of the souls and hearts of all people, our just Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” As UNIAN reported earlier, the Unification Council of members of the Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Kyiv on December 15 elected Metropolitan bishop of Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva from the then Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (also known as Epiphanius I) as head of the new local Orthodox church in Ukraine. On January 6 in Istanbul, he, as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, is to receive the tomos of autocephaly from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wrote a letter calling the patriarchs and archbishops of autocephalous Orthodox churches to support the provision of autocephaly to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The letter was published by Orthodoxia.info. ‘The realization of all [our] efforts is expected on January 6, on the Day of Epiphany, when we are intended to deliver Tomos of autocephaly and concelebrate it with the primate of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church [of Ukraine],’ reads the message. It is noted that the representatives of the Ukrainian clergy are already arriving Phanar, and the hierarchs of the local Orthodox churches can study the details of the letter in order to begin to recognize the new church.
On Christmas Day, January 7, Epifaniy, a newly-elected Metropolitan of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, will hold a liturgy in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv where a tomos of autocephaly will be shown to the public, according to the Metropolitan’s press service. The liturgy will start at 10:00 Kyiv time on January 7. On Christmas Day, January 7, Epifaniy, a newly-elected Metropolitan of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine, will hold a liturgy in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv where a tomos of autocephaly will be shown to the public, according to the Metropolitan’s press service. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, MPs, Cabinet members, as well as representatives of Ukraine’s cultural circles, chaplains, and volunteers will take part in the general prayer. It is noted that the service will begin at 10:00. The statement notes that on this day, the Ukrainians will rejoice not only over the birth of Christ but also the revival and establishment of a single local Ukrainian Orthodox church.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has flown out to Istanbul where the head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will be handed the tomos of autocephaly on January 6.
Amid mounting tensions with the Russian Orthodox Church, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate is preparing to formally grant independence to the Church of Ukraine from Moscow in an Epiphany Day ceremony.
Paul Goble Staunton, January 4 – When the Orthodox Church of Ukraine receives the tomos of autocephaly from the Universal Patriarch two days from now, the religious balance in Ukraine will swing away from Moscow to Kyiv, with the ROC MP losing many of its current positions and the UOC becoming a sign of Ukraine’s increasing independence from Moscow. But a development two weeks ago, little noticed then but a matter of concern in Russia now, may give the new OCU even more clout and power not only within Ukraine but vis-à-vis Moscow in the Orthodox world. And that is this: the head of the 4.5 million Uniates suggested his church, which is Orthodox in practice but subordinate to Rome, should ally with the OCU. On December 18, the head of the Greek Catholic church as the Uniates are known officially sent a letter to incoming OCU head Metropolitan Yepifaniy proposing that the two churches work closely together and thus begin “together the path to unity and truth” (news.ugcc.ua/documents/blazhennіshiy_svyatoslav_privіtav_blazhennіshogo_epіfanіya_84815.html).“Although today we are not in complete eucharistic community, we are called upon to jointly overcome the obstacles which stand on the path to unity,” Uniate Archbishop Svyatoslav said. Noting their common roots, he said that he was “extending his hand in the name of our Church to You and to all Orthodox brothers.” The archbishop added that in his view, “the future of Ukraine depends on Church unity.” Ukrainian outlets not surprisingly are thrilled by this given that the Uniates are concentrated in the western portions of Ukraine and tend to be more nationalistic than many of the Orthodox in the east (znaj.ua/ru/society/200125-greko-katoliki-zrobili-pcu-unikalnu-propoziciya-epifaniyu-ne-mozhna-pomilitisya).But for precisely that reason, Russian commentators are worried about this possibility, with Yevgeny Chernyshov of the Nakaune news agency professing in an article today to see this as the work of the Vatican and very much directed against the Russian Orthodox Church and Moscow’s interests (nakanune.ru/news/2019/01/04/22529269/). Whether anything will come of this remains to be seen, but if the Uniates do unite with the UOC, that will make the latter not only overwhelmingly the largest church in Ukraine but one with links to Rome as well as Constantinople, both of which will make the new church vastly more important and vastly more of a threat to Russia than it would otherwise be.
Paul Goble Staunton, January 4 – To hear Moscow propagandists talk, you would think that the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine in combination with the Ukrainian government would use Gestapo-type tactics to suppress all congregations there now affiliated with the Moscow Patriarchate through the UOC MP. But Metropolitan Yepifaniy of Kyiv, the head of the new OCU, says that is absurd and that the UOC MP will continue to exist in Ukraine because “many believers want it to” and that he has nothing against that outcome (dw.com/uk/митрополит-епіфаній-розуміємо-що-в-україні-й-надалі-існуватиме-російська-православна-церква/a-46951507). “We understand that in Ukraine the Russian Orthodox Church will in the future continue to exist and that many want to remain there. We do not have anything against this. A hierarch or priest with his flock must decide for themselves. If they decide they want to voluntarily join the newly formed OCU … we will accept them in our structure of a single OCU.” The doors of the OCU “are open for all Orthodox in Ukraine.” Each must make a choice, and if one speaks of any OCU strategy about those beyond its ranks, it “must be formed on the evangelical principle of love, peace, mutual understanding and fraternal mutual respect,” Metropolitan Yepifaniy says. Many parishes and some hierarchs of the UOC MP have already shifted to the OCU, and the church leader hopes there will be more. One reason for that shift is the new Ukrainian law which requires the UOC MP to identify itself openly as the Russian Orthodox Church, one whose headquarters are not in Ukraine but in Moscow.
The rename of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate has to be done within the set by the law terms, regardless the litigation over its appeal, reports Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Andriy Parubiy claimed this talking to the reporters in Istanbul, 112 Ukraine reports. Related: Bartholomew calls Orthodox middle-rank leaders to admit Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church ‘The law (on renaming UOC MP) has entered into force, the law exists. Surely, provokers may file complaints, may try to appeal via court, but the law has been passed. Litigation can be long. This in no way affects the decision and the force of law. All actions regarding renaming should be carried out within the deadlines specified in the law. I emphasize once again, no matter how long the litigation lasts,’ he noted. At the same time, Parubiy stressed that the number of the parishes of the UOC MP, which decided to go to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, has exceeded 40. Related: Transition to Orthodox Church of Ukraine begins in Cherkasy region According to the speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, the number will be increasing in the future. This will be possible after a legal settlement of the issue of such a transition. As we reported earlier, the ceremony of signing the Tomos of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was held in Istanbul.
After the service, Patriarch Bartholomew received at his residence the Ukrainian president and Metropolitan Epiphany
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Metropolitan Sawa, the leader of the Polish Orthodox Church, sent a letter to Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew, saying that the Polish church does not recognize the structure, recently set up in Ukraine, consisting of schismatics.
Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and all Poland has sent a letter to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople informing him that the Polish Orthodox Church (POC) does not recognize the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), the canonical UOC website reports. In the letter, the head of the POC reminds Patriarch Bartholomew that, according to church laws, “divisive church groups” can only be returned to the Church’s bosom through their own repentance. Similarly, the ban on serving, such as that placed on former Kyiv Patriarch Filaret, can only be withdrawn by the entity who imposed it. The Polish metropolitan observed that he does not see any repentance from Filaret or his followers. “And this is where the problem lies. This is why they cannot be recognized by the current pastors who can perform the sacraments. The so-called ‘Metropolitan’ Epifaniy, and in fact the secular person, has been harmed,” Sawa said. The UOC’s external church relations department commented on the letter, observing that Metropolitan Sawa refers to the Primate of the UOC using his full title, that is, he calls him His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine. “This means that the primate of the POC continues to recognize His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and all Ukraine as the sole canonical head of the UOC, despite the fact that Patriarch Bartholomew said in one of his previous letters that our His Beatitude loses the ability to bear the title of Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine after the holding of the so-called ‘Unifying Assembly’,” the UOC commented. Unifying Assembly was held on December 15, 2018. During the assembly, Metropolitan Epifaniy was elected as head of the new, united autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
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Around 100 priests of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) rallied in Vinnytsya on 4 January, according to UA:Vinnytsya. They first held a rally outside the regional state administration, holding banners calling for an “end to persecution of the UOC MP”, and then walked along central Vinnytsya. The priests represented the eparchies of Tulchyn, Mohyliv-Podilskyy and Vinnytsya. Metropolitan of Vinnytsya and Bar Simeon (Shostatskyy) was one of the two archbishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to join the newly-established single Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Therefore, there is an active transition of parishes from the UOC MP to the UOC in the region.
KYIV. Jan 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) — Serhiy Krolevets, former director of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historic and Cultural Reserve, has not ruled out the possibility that the state of Ukraine may terminate lease agreements with the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) in case of damage to the object under a lease. “There is the owner of the property. Today it is the state of Ukraine. There is a tenant of the property… [In the lease agreement] there is always a clause that in case of damage caused to the object under lease the agreement may be terminated at the demand of either party,” Krolevets told a press conference at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on January 4. He said that members of NGOs have registered a lot of violations in the territory of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. In particular, he said that 16 new buildings have been built on premises of the reserve. In her turn, lawyer Maryna Solovyova said there is a need to make amendments to the Ukrainian legislation that would not only increase but introduce criminal responsibility for damaging the monuments of the world and national cultural heritage. As reported earlier, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine said that the Kyiv-Pechersk and Holy Assumption Pochayiv Lavras [monasteries] are the property of the state of Ukraine and have been leased for 50 years to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. However, if it turns out that there had been violations during the transfer of the monastery, the state represented by the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers may revise that lease agreement.
KYIV. Jan 4 (Interfax-Ukraine) — MP Ihor Lutsenko of the Batkivschyna faction supposes that a commission set up by the Ukrainian Culture Ministry to conduct an inspection of the relics kept at the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historic and Cultural Reserve has not reported on the results on the audit because it found cases of hallows being replaced with fake items. “The problem is that most likely everything has already been taken out of there… They took out all the hallows [holy remains of dead monks],” Lutsenko told a press conference at the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency on January 4. He said he believes that this is the reason for the results of the work of the Culture Ministry’s commission not having been made public yet. In connection with this, the MP thinks it necessary to analyze how the audit was carried out. “Have they done a DNA testing? Are those authentic hallows or just moldings? Where did all of it go? This, most probably, will be stupefying facts, and this is the reason why nobody is allowed in there,” Lutsenko said. Lutsenko hopes that in January, the Anti-Corruption Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, of which he happens to be a member, will invite representatives of the Ministry of Culture to report on the commission’s work so that “they would report on what they have done and say what they are going to do next.” “The created inventory commission should have already reported back, but this is a narrow-sector commission. Let’s ask the Ministry of Culture to include members of NGOs and people’s deputies into it. Let’s work together to conduct an inventory,” he said. In his turn, Serhiy Krolevets, former director of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historic and Cultural Reserve, said that the state of Ukraine had handed the hallows over to the church and at present it is not their owner. In connection with this, he said he believes that objects of cultural heritage must be returned under the control of the state. “The state of Ukraine is not the owner of the hallows. The state of Ukraine handed all of it to the church by its goodwill. This is the problem now that we gave out everything ourselves. We must restore the control of the state over the objects of cultural heritage in reality, including the use of the law,” Krolevets said. As reported earlier, a special commission made up of employees of the Ministry of Culture and the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historic and Cultural Reserve was set up by the Ministry of Culture to carry out an inspection of relics given to the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra 30 years ago. The commission’s job is to make an audit of the existing ecclesiastical antiquities and holy items that have been handed over to the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra since 1998 when the monastery there resumed operation. The objects of the National Kyiv-Pechersk Historic and Cultural Reserve belong to the state of Ukraine; however, they are under a 50-year-long lease by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.
Initiating the creation of an autocephalous church in Ukraine, Kyiv has once again provoked a deterioration in relations with Moscow, writes the Kremlin propagandist Ukraina.ru. The publication claims this was the message that OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger conveyed in his interview to the German Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper. Ukraina.ru’s distorted version of Greminger’s interview was reprinted by PolitNavigator, Pravslavie I Mir, Rusvesna, DonPress, Donetsk24and NewsFront. website screenshot Pravslavie I Mir According to Russian media, Greminger considers the creation of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church a “hotbed of tension” that could escalate the war in Donbas. While Greminger did mention the new Ukrainian church, he did so in a completely different context. Answering a question about the seizure by Russia of three Ukrainian ships and crew members in the Kerch Strait a month ago, Greminger replied that these Russian actions are some of the aspects of current relations along with such other issues as the autocephalous Ukrainian Church, the problem of Russian-occupied Crimea, illegal elections in the Donetsk and Luhansk occupied territories, new Ukrainian legislation on language and education as well as the fighting on the demarcation line between Ukraine and the occupied territories.
Paul Goble Staunton, January 4 – The Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has never been comfortable with the celebration of New Year’s, viewing that event as a way to overshadow Christmas, but this year, calls to ban New Year’s celebrations have intensified as church leaders have reacted to a film about it that they say undermines Christian family values. Metropolitan Mark of Ryazan has denounced Irony of Fate for its portrayal in a positive way of people who are not informed by Christianity and traditional family values; and he has linked that film to the New Year’s celebration and called for the holiday to be banned outright (riafan.ru/1137670-etot-prazdnik-omerzitelen-v-rpc-predlozhili-vmeste-s-ironiei-sudby-otmenit-novyi-god). That hierarch’s position might have been dismissed as the comments of a marginal figure, but it was picked up by Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Patriarchate’s department for relations with society and of the Social Chamber of the Russian Federation as well. He said bluntly that “the Church thinks just as Metropolitan Mark does.” “The new year’s non-culture initially was born as a counterweight to Christmas and Christianity. Up to now all that it professes is a denigration of Godliness. Distractions, wood, empty spending of time, a cult of pop ‘stars,’ – all this is alien to Christianity. And it’s anti-spiritual ‘mentality’ is particularly so,” Chaplin continues. The archpriest says that “it is not accidental that already in the early 1980s, we young Christians refused to watch the ‘new year’s’ box or take part in this false ‘holiday.’ Real Christians do the same even today.” We have the right to declare what we think of this holliday, he insists. And Chaplin concludes: “When real believers come to power, this ‘little holiday’ will be canceled” once and for all. For many years, the Russian media at this time of year has made fun of Islamic objections to celebrating new year’s in January, arguing that the Faithful should follow the Islamic calendar which dates to Muhammed’s time. This year, they haven’t, perhaps because it would call even more attention to the view of Mark and Chaplin.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Ukrainian customs officers have seized copies of an address by Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill that was to be read out in Ukrainian churches next Monday when Orthodox Christians mark Christmas, the spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church said.
Ukrainian border officials have reportedly detained a shipment of a Christmas message from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church following the creation of a new Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow. Ukraine marked a historic split from Russia in December when it chose the head of a new national Orthodox church. Russia bitterly opposes the split, comparing it to the 1054 Great Schism that divided western and eastern Christianity. Vladimir Legoida, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman, said Thursday that Ukrainian border officials had seized a shipment of Patriarch Kirill’s Christmas message over alleged violations with “customs formalities.”