Contents tagged with Ukrainian Orthodoxy

  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church conducts first liturgy as independent church

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the world’s orthodox churches to recognize their “Ukrainian sister”.

    On January 7, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) conducted its first service in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv after receiving its tomos of autocephaly (independence). The service began with the Orthodox Christmas liturgy.

    According to the president’s official website, the tomos of Autocephaly was solemnly set in place before the royal brothers of the cathedral.

    His …

  • Polish Orthodox Church refuses to recognize Ukrainian Orthodox Church

    Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and all Poland has sent a letter to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople informing him that the Polish Orthodox Church (POC) does not recognize the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), the canonical UOC website reports.

    In the letter, the head of the POC reminds Patriarch Bartholomew that, according to church laws, “divisive church groups” can only be returned to the Church’s bosom through their own repentance. Similarly, the ban on serving, such as that placed on …

  • Security Service of Ukraine accuses Russia of trying to provoke a conflict between Ukrainian churches

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) believes that Russia is trying to provoke conflict between Ukrainian Orthodox churches, as stated at a briefing by Deputy Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko.

    “The representatives of Russian special services considered the prospect of developing confrontation within the Ukrainian Orthodoxy. The Russia’s future efforts would aim at provoking an escalation of conflict there in the near future. The Russians plan to exploit the …