Kremlin opposes possible autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Filaret and Petro Poroshenko

Patriarch Filaret explained that those Ukrainian dioceses that do not join the united Ukrainian Orthodox Church "will not have the right to be called the "Ukrainian Church".

It also made a decision to "accept and review the petitions of appeal of Filaret Denisenko, Makariy Maletych and their followers, who found themselves in schism not for dogmatic reasons, in accordance with the canonical prerogatives of the Patriarch of Constantinople to receive such petitions by hierarchs and other clergy from all of the Autocephalous Churches". "And, of course, we would not want any steps taken that lead to a deep split in the Orthodox world".

Since the late 1600s, the church in Ukraine has been formally under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church. "I guarantee that the Ukrainian state will respect the choice of those who decide to stay in church structures retaining unity with the Russian Orthodox Church".

"The Patriarchate of Constantinople has crossed a red line", a spokesman for Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, Alexander Volkov, said in televised remarks. "And they will have the right to exist, along with equal rights with the Ukrainian church".

Ukraine now has three Orthodox communities - those that stay under Moscow's control and two schismatic churches.

Ukraine and Russian Federation have been at loggerheads since 2014 when Kiev street protests urging Ukrainian integration with Europe prompted the ousting of pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych.

"This is a victory of good over evil, light over darkness", Poroshenko said in televised remarks, adding that Ukraine has been waiting for this "historic event" for more than 330 years.

"The creation of a local Ukrainian church has been one of Poroshenko's main slogans going into the 2019 presidential election", said Volodymyr Fesenko, an analyst at Ukraine's Penta think-tank.

Related News:



Most liked

Soyuz Space Vehicle Designed to Safely Return Crew in Any Conditions - ASI
Hague and Ovchinin would have joined the station's current crew, which includes American astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor. The Russian space agency also sent 70 rocket engines back to production lines in 2016 to replace broken parts.

6 extremely surreal moments from Kanye West's meeting with President Trump
Trump and West previously appeared together shortly after Trump's 2016 election in the lobby of Trump Tower in NY . West also argued that Mr Trump deserved more respect, saying, "If he don't look good, we don't look good".

Christine Blasey Ford nominated for UNC 'Distinguished Alumna' award
Especially for those of us who are survivors of sexual assault or who know others who are survivors (which means all of us), Dr. Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday evening after the Senate narrowly confirmed him , 50-48, with only one Democrat voting yes.

Gareth Bale unlikely to face Ireland, says Ryan Giggs
Paco Alcacer scored twice, with Sergio Ramos and Marc Bartra also scoring for the visitors, and Sam Vokes heading in for Wales .

International Monetary Fund to seek 'absolute transparency' of Pakistan's debts in bailout talks
Trump has levied or threatened tariffs on goods from economies around the world, notably China, but also on traditional allies such as the European Union.

'Awful' plan to reject gay students, teachers
Church schools in Australia may soon be legally allowed to reject gay and transgender students to protect "religious freedom" . Protection of religious belief already exists in nearly every jurisdiction, except NSW and South Australia.

International Monetary Fund downgrades outlook for U.S., China as result of trade war
USA stimulus also adds to the "already-unsustainable" debt and deficit that will undercut future growth, the report warns. It said that the composition of spending and revenues should be growth friendly and protect the most vulnerable.

USA and Turkey reach deal to free detained American pastor
Those familiar with the deal told NBC that "it includes a commitment by the U.S.to ease economic pressure on Turkey". However, Vice-President Mike Pence would only say "we remain hopeful" ahead of a scheduled court appearance.

Cyclone weakens; nine dead in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha
The IMD advised total suspension of fishing operations and shifting of coastal hutment dwellers to safe places. The weather system was expected to curve to the northeast and weaken gradually, India's weather bureau said.

"I Love This Guy": Rapper Kanye West Hugs Donald Trump
Some of his notable quotes during the controversial visit included some that were of the nonsensical variety, USA Today reported. West was not the only musician at the White House on Thursday. "Trump is on his hero's journey right now", West said.

Hands on with Google's Home Hub: The smart speaker for everything
But Google probably had a single-cam experience in mind for the Pixel 3 years ago, when it started designing the Pixel 3 camera. Keep in mind though, that both of those devices have larger screens than the 7-inch display on the Google Home Hub .

What Alex Cora Expects From Rick Porcello In Game 4 Against Yankees
Adding to the humiliation, the Red Sox got to revel in a second champagne celebration at Yankee Stadium in less than three weeks. In possibly his final start of a 10-year run with the Yankees, Sabathia allowed three runs on five hits in three innings.

Croatia v England: Gareth Southgate on 'strange' experience at HNK Rijeka Stadium
We've obviously got a different team from the team that played in the semi-final and it's a good challenge for us. Dalic added: "I would agree with Luka though there is always a level of respect between the teams".

Astronauts Make Emergency Landing in Failed Russian Space Launch
Footage from inside the rocket show the two men being shaken at the moment the fault occured, their arms and legs flailing. Russian space agency Roscosmos has released photographs of both astronauts being checked over after their abrupt landing.

Tanushree Dutta lodges FIR against Nana Patekar and three others in Mumbai
Dutta also added in her complaint that she could not understand the contents of the FIR, as it was written in Marathi. Satpute said Tanushree has been provided police security at the residential building where her home is.