The faithful of the canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine have begun adding their signature to an address to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod of Constantinople, speaking out in defense of their mother Church which is under attack in Ukraine.
The anarchists further likened themselves to Christ casting the “Pharisees and hucksters” out of the Temple. They specifically identified the “liberation” of the Kiev Caves Lavra from the Russian Orthodox Church as their immediate goal.
In a new interview with RIA-Novosti, His Eminence Metropoitan Amfilohije of Montenegro of the Serbian Orthodox Church addressed the issue of the current situation in Syria, calling the attack launched by the U.S., U.K., and France a shame for the NATO nations.
I am sure that such feelings and experiences are shared by a great many believers. Year after year, spiritually accompanying the Myrrh-bearing Women, we successively experience fear, astonishment, and awe at the view of the stone miraculously rolled away from the entrance to the Savior’s tomb by an invisible power.
At a recent meeting with a Ukrainian delegation in Jerusalem, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of the Holy City expressed his belief that His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev is the only one who can cope with the difficult situation the Ukrainian people find themselves in now.
On the night that the holy Orthodox Church prayerfully remembers Christ’s betrayal by Judas and His Crucifixion amidst two thieves, unknown vandals attacked the Church of the Crucified Lord, setting fire to a parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev.
The Russian Church representative visited Iraq at the end of March, where he met with authorities of the republic and of the Kurdish autonomy, as well as with representatives of various religious movements.
Following the Divine Liturgy at Moscow’s Novospassky Monastery on Holy Saturday, His Grace Bishop Savva of Voskresensk, the abbot of the monastery, will bless Paschal kulichi gathered in a joint drive by the Moscow Patriarchate’s directorate for work with believing servicemen and the All-Russian veteran organization “Combat Brotherhood.”
Nationalistic Ukrainian radicals are calling on the Ukrainian state to take the Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra away from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The call to the Cabinet of Ministers came today during an “anti-oligarchic” march in Kiev.
Just in time for Holy Week and Pascha, the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) has reportedly launched an investigation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), for supposed “support of the militia” and “anti-Ukrainian activities.”
His Holiness’ statement comes amidst a highly tense situation in Kosovo following the sudden arrest and deportation of Marko Đurić, the director of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija, as well as journalists and unarmed citizens.
Believers from the many parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate that have been seized by schismatics and nationalists will lead a procession along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem on Holy Friday, praying for peace in their homeland.