On December 7, during the final meeting of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 2018, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, the chancellor of the UOC, reported on the life of the Church over the previous year.
The Holy Trinity Church in the city of Rzhischev in the Kiev Province of Ukraine, of the Belotserkov Diocese of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church was set ablaze yesterday morning, December 9, leaving the doors completely burned and the iconography damaged.
A distinctive feature of Samtavro is, above all, that it was precisely here that Christianity became the state religion, that is, the spiritual foundation of social and political life was laid here, based on Orthodoxy.
His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of Pochaev, the abbot of the Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra, one of the most sacred sites in Ukraine, has appealed to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to protect the Lavra and the entire canonical Church from the increasing pressure from the state.
Once the so-called “United Local Church” in Ukraine is created by Constantinople, the Ukrainian government could completely take the Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra away from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and give it to the new structure at its request, according to Igor Derevinsky, a lawyer for the Kremenets-Pochaev State Historical-Architectural Reserve said on Friday.
The Archdiocesan Council of the Archdiocese of the Russian Churches in Western Europe of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has released a statement explaining that the Archdiocesan General Assembly will soon meet to respond to Constantinople’s sudden decision to dissolve the Archdiocese.
Just one day after His Eminence Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, the abbot of the Kiev Caves Lavra, spoke about the pressure against him and many other hierarchs and clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, saying, “I wouldn’t be surprised if there were searches and harassments,” the Ukrainian Security Service has begun doing exactly that.
His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, the abbot of the Kiev Caves Lavra gave a briefing at the monastery yesterday in which he addressed the current situation with the inventory being taken at the monastery and about the state’s attitude towards the Church in general.
Further, it is announced that the Russian parishes will be integrated into the dioceses of the Patriarchate of Constantinople already present in their countries while their particular liturgical and spiritual traditions will be preserved.
A special commission of the Ministry of Culture has begun taking inventory of and checking the existing Church valuables and sacred objects that were transferred to the Kiev Caves Lavra since 1988, when the monastery was reopened after being closed since 1961.