Sumy, Ukraine, January 16, 2019
Yesterday, January 15, unknown perpetrators vandalized the wall around the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral in Sumy, a state architectural monument, with provocative graffiti written in red paint, reports the press service of the Sumy Diocese.
As an architectural monument, the walling around the church should be protected by law, but as the press service notes: “This did not stop the intruders who incite hostility on religious grounds, spreading unfounded allegations.”
“Once again,” the report reads, “the Orthodox citizens of Sumy were pinpointed as an ‘object of aggression.’”
In late October, the three dioceses of the Sumy Province declared their loyalty to the canonical Church and its primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine: Sumy, Romny, and Konotop.
Yesterday, OrthoChristian reported on a number of cases of persecution against the canonical Ukrainian Church since the tomos of autocephaly was given by Patriarch Bartholomew on January 6.
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