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Patriarch Filaret requests government aid

FILARET ASKS AVAKOV "TO PROTECT U.P.Ts.K.P. FROM P.Ts.U.

RISU, 22 June 2019

 

Honorary Patriarch Filaret sent to Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov a request to protect believers and property of the Kiev patriarchate from "illegal actions of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU)."

 

A photocopy of the official appeal was published on his page in Facebook by Archpriest Nikolai Lagodich.

 

The document points out that representatives of the PTsU allegedly seized by force premises of the St. Feodosy monastery of Kiev. Because of this, Filaret asked the minister to make an evaluation of such actions and to do everything so that nobody interferes in the activity of the UPTs of the Kiev Patriarchate.

 

As RISU reported, Patriarch Filaret published an ukase that appointed a new abbot of the St. Feodosy monastery. However the church building belongs to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and has its own rector, Father Makary. The fight for the monastery led to summoning the police. (tr. by PDS, posted 22 June 2019)

 

PATRIARCH FILARET COMPLAINS TO HEAD OF UKRAINIAN M.V.D. OVER "SEIZURE" OF U.P.Ts.K.P. CHURCHES

Credo.Press, 22 June 2019

 

The patriarch of the UPTsKP that was "recreated" on 20 June, Filaret Denisenko, sent on 21 June to the Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov a request "to protect" believers of his church and its property from "raiding" on the part of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (PTsU). This is stated in a corresponding declaration, a photograph of which was published by Apostrof, citing the blog of Archpriest Nikolai Lagodich.

 

Earlier the vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the PTsU, Archbishop Evstraty, stated that in the Feodosy monastery of Kiev, monks defended the cloister from attempts by Filaret's supporters to remove the abbot. "Brothers of the Feodosy monastery of the city of Kiev defended the cloister. . . . Supporters of the 'divisive assembly' left its territory. The monastery, as before, now remains in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine under the omophorion of His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifany," he wrote on his Facebook page. (tr. by PDS, posted 22 June 2019)


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