Raiders, who seized the Metropolitan Chambers of the UOC Holy Trinity Church in Bogorodchany, explained their actions by the reluctance of the parish to support the SLC. The Information and Education Department of the UOC published a video in which the right-wing radicals reproach the believers that they do not pass to the “regular Church nor do they support the Local Church.” On September 28 activists from the Right Sector organization seized part of the premises at the Holy Trinity Church in the village of Bogorodchany, Ivano-Frankovsk region and beat up the believers of the UOC. Having broken in, the radicals attacked the parishioners who were inside. As a result, several people were seriously injured – two men with broken arms, one with a concussion. The rector of the temple, father Vladimir Shuvar, was kicked out into the street. Having thus expelled all parishioners, the raiders changed the door locks. The situation around the church remains tense. The Ivano-Frankovsk eparchy of the UOC called on representatives of the authorities and political organizations, especially in the current difficult and tense time, to peacefully resolve disputable issues of property and other nature, and to stop the aggression against Orthodox Ukrainians. http://spzh.news/en/news/56256-pravyj-sektor-obvinil-verujushhih-upc-chto-oni-ne-khodyat-v-normalynuju-cerkovyRead more

In light of the incident at the Holy Trinity Church in Bogorodchany, Ivano-Frankovsk eparchy called on the authorities to resolve disputes solely in the legal field. The eparhcy required not to resort to aggression and physical force against the believers of the UOC. It was written by the press service of the eparchy. Reportedly, in Bogorodchany representatives of the local authorities, with the participation of the Right Sector, led by the head of the organization Mark Belchak, seized the building of the Metropolitan Chambers at the Holy Trinity Church of the UOC. Without presenting any official documents, they broke windows and severely beat believers, including the rector of the church, Protopriest Vladimir Shuvar. One of the offenders entered the temple and tried to open it from the inside. The incident was provoked by the decision of representatives of local government to transfer the premises of the Metropolitan Chambers to a music school. The Ivano-Frankovsk eparchy of the UOC called on representatives of the authorities and political organizations, especially in the current difficult and tense time, to peacefully resolve disputable issues of property and other nature, as well as to stop the aggression against Orthodox Ukrainians. On September 28 activists from the Right Sector organization seized part of the premises at the Holy Trinity Church in the village of Bogorodchany, Ivano-Frankovsk region and beatRead more

Believers gathered under the windows of Phanar exarchs’ residence to say they are in favour of the canonical Church and against interfering in its internal affairs. “The UOC is our Holy Mother” and “The sin of the schism is not washed away by blood.” With such picket signs, UOC believers from Western Ukraine gathered on Monday for prayer under the building in the centre of the capital, where, according to sources, is the residence of the exarchs of the Constantinople Patriarchate. They present those eparchies which suffer most from inter-faith conflicts, seizures of churches and other negative implications of the schism and the arbitrariness of certain organizations and officials. According to one of the believers from the scene, this is a purely peaceful prayerful action, which should remind foreign envoys about the position of Orthodox people in Ukraine and the responsibility that legates from Istanbul take on themselves. “We gathered for a peaceful prayerful standing. We pray that the Lord will reason with the representatives of the Patriarchate of Constantinople,” said Protopriest Alexander from the church of St. Joasaph of Belgorod in Kiev. He explained that the exarchs are not in their canonical territory, and the believers are praying to find a solution that does not divide Orthodoxy. “The state wants to build its own Church, which will be underRead more

The Kiev District Administrative Court accepted the claim of the public organization “The Rule of Law” regarding the competence of the Ukrainian authorities to interfere in the activities of the Church, reports the website of the District Court of Kiev on October 1. “The plaintiff requests the court to establish the lack of competence (authority) of the head of state to interfere in the activities of the Church and religious organizations, in particular, by signing and sending a petition to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for granting the Tomos on autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, which was later supported by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with the relevant decree,” says the statement. The court decided to open proceedings on this administrative case and scheduled a preparatory session for October 13. Earlier, Petro Poroshenko said that the Tomos issue is on a par with the army, language and NATO membership. The UOC has repeatedly stated that the intrusion of politicians in church affairs is unconstitutional. http://spzh.news/en/news/56285-kijevskij-sud-rassmotrit-isk-o-vmeshatelystve-prezidenta-v-dela-cerkviRead more