Uman, Ukraine, December 27, 2018
Despite the ongoing persecution and propaganda against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church that is only increasing since December 15’s “unification council,” 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 Uman.
A clergy meeting of the Uman Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was held yesterday, December 26, in St. Nicholas Cathedral in Uman under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Uman and Zvenigorod, reports the diocesan website.
During the general meeting, all the clergy unanimously expressed their support for the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Church His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine and confirmed their loyalty to the canonical Ukrainian Church.
The diocesan deans, heads of diocesan departments, and clergy of the diocese discussed the life of the diocese over the past year and practical issues of pastoral ministry and prayed for their brother clergy who died in 2018.
The same support for the canonical Church and Met. Onuphry has also been expressed by the Dioceses of Ovruch, Berdyansk, 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.
Of those, the Severodonetsk, Voznesensk, and Tulchin Dioceses reaffirmed their loyalty to the Ukrainian Church yet again following December 15’s scandalous “unification council.”
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