Berdyansk, Ukraine, November 30, 2018
Despite the ongoing persecution and propaganda against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, its dioceses are remaining faithful to it. A number of dioceses have already openly expressed their support for the Church’s canonical status as a self-governing autonomous body and for their primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and now another has joined them—the Diocese of Berdyansk.
The clergy of the Berdyansk Diocese gathered in their annual general meeting yesterday at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ in Berdyansk under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Ephraim of Berdyansk and Primorsk.
In addition to the parish clergy, the abbots and abbesses of the diocese’s monasteries also participated.
After discussing diocesan matters, Abp. Ephraim informed the clergy about the events transpiring recently that effect the entirety of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He noted that there have been many divisions in Church history and the only healing measure is always repentance.
After the discussion, Vladyka Ephraim and the clergy expressed their loyalty to the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and its primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, with each priest placing his signature under the resolution of the Bishops’ Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from November 13, in which they reaffirmed the decision of the Russian Holy Synod to break communion with Constantinople and the sufficiency of their autonomous status.
The same support for the canonical Church and Met. Onuphry has also been expressed by the Dioceses of Nikolaev, Nizhyn, Nova Kakhova, Izium, Crimea, Chernigov and Novgorod-Siversk, Kirovograd, Zhytomyr, Lugansk, Mukachevo, Alexandria, Zaporozhye, Kharkov, Voznesensk, Tulchin, Rivne, Kherson, Severodonetsk, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk, Krivoy Rog, Kamenka, Zaporozhye, and Poltava, and the clergy of the city of Vinnitsa and of the Bar Deanery of the Vinnitsa Diocese.
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