Although it has passed several bills aimed against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church in recent months, the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has not shown support for a bill that would ban the Church from undertaking military chaplaincy work.
According to the Serbian newspaper Politika, the Bishops’ Council of the Serbian Church, currently in session, discussed the Church crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday, as well as the views expressed by Bp. Maxim.
The services were held with the blessing of His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia. The organizational work was undertaken by the Society of Chokhonetsev of Georgia, founded by the Georgian Patriarchate with the purpose of strengthening the institution of the traditional family.
The Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, including every hierarch of the Church, which is currently in session, decided yesterday to resume negotiations on the resolution of the status of the schismatic “Macedonian Orthodox Church” and conversations with its representatives.
Abp. Barsanuphius celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the clergy of his diocese at the grave of His Eminence Metropolitan Makary (Svistun), who ruled the Vinnitsa Diocese from 1992 to 2007 and was buried next to the cathedral.
According to the former metropolitan, the conflict embroiling the OCU now actually began on day one at the “unification council.” All of the gathered bishops waited for Philaret and his “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) bishops who waivered on whether or not to dissolve the KP, as Constantinople required.
However, “Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko now also believes that Moscow is working with the bishops of the schismatic church itself in order to prevent the recreation of the “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) that he led from 1995 until last December when the KP joined the “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” to create the still schismatic OCU.
“Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko of the “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) considered the “Honorary Patriarch” of the new “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU) published an official appeal “to the entire Ukrainian Orthodox flock” on the KP website yesterday regarding the mounting tensions in the new schismatic church and his desire to revive the KP.
Following his meeting with the primates of the ancient Antiochian, Alexandrian, and Jerusalem Churches one month ago, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus has announced that he will also visit the primates of the Greek, Serbian, and Bulgarian Churches in the coming days to discuss the Ukrainian issue.
The beginning of a new church was laid in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, on Sunday, as part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Diocese of Astana and Alma-Ata, as His Eminence Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan consecrated the foundation stone for the future Church of All Saints Who Have Shone Forth in Kazakhstan.
The schismatics broke the door and carried the Church utensils used to celebrate the Divine Liturgy out of the room where Fr. Nazary and the faithful have worshiped since their church building was seized in March. The police did not interfere with the thugs’ activities.
The woman who consigned the reliquary to the auction house had been unable to trace its journey to Germany, but Paphitis learned that it had been stole, like many other art treasures and cultural artifacts, following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.