FIRST UPTsMP PARISH IN CHERNIGOV REGION TRANSFERS INTO ORTHODOX CHURCH OF UKRAINE
RISU, 16 January 2019
In the Chernigov region, the first parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UPTsMP) transferred into the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU). This was reported by the rector of the St. Katherine's church (PTsU) in Chernigov, Fr Evgeny Orda, on his page in the Facebook network, UNIAN reports.
"The Chernigov region has joined the process of unification. The village of Olenevka of Borzna district turned to the PTsU. Well done! They made bold," the priest wrote.
As the head of the Borzna district council, Viktor Gorbashchenko, reported, yesterday residents of the village of Olenevka decided to become part of the PTsU during a village meeting.
"Actually, the question was placed on the agenda, it was discussed, and a decision was adopted. No representatives of either the PTsU or the RPTs [Russian Orthodox Church] did anything. There was no compulsion or opposition. People who consider it necessary to transfer into the bosom of the Ukrainian church acted," he said.
Gorbashchenko emphasized that the decision was voluntary and all that remained were political intrigues and the desire to maintain what you have. After all, yesterday the local priest of the former UPTsMP, Alexander Gladysh, told journalists that it was allegedly not local residents who voted for the decision to transfer into the PTsU. In his opinion, only 4 to 6 residents of Olenevka voted for transfer into the PTsU. About a thousand people live in Olenevka. The church building in Olenevka belonged to the former Nezhin diocese of the UPTsMP. (tr. by PDS, posted 16 January 2019)
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