Contents tagged with Ukrainian Church

  • Ukrainian Church accuses Russia of interfering in its 'church affairs'

    The sacred synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) has accused Russia of attempting to interfere in its process of acquiring autocephaly – recognition from the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople.

    “We are aware of numerous facts of political and state interference by Russia and the pro-Kremlin political forces in Ukraine with the aim of obstructing the recognition process,” says a post published on the UOC KP website.

    According to the Ukrainian church, …

  • Former Ukrainian Presidents Kravchuk, Kuchma and Yushchenko issue joint statement on independence of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church

    Former Ukrainian Presidents Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko believe that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) being granted autocephaly (independence) is an anticipated historic event which is important for the reinforcement of Ukraine’s independence.The former presidents expressed this in a joint address to the citizens of Ukraine which was read by Kravchuk at a press conference.

    “We believe that the Constantinople Mother Church’s granting of autocephaly will play an …

  • Poroshenko: Constantinople begins procedures to allow creation of independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church

    The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (in Constantinople) has received a request from Ukrainian President Poroshenko to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to issue a Tomos of Autocephaly (document of independence) to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. The motion is supported by a Verkhovna Rada decree and appeals from other hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.  The decision has been made to begin the procedures necessary to grant the Ukrainian Orthodox Church autocephaly, …