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Articles by: Jelena Rakocevic

Ukraine’s Autocephaly: First Results and Possible Influence on Orthodox World

Ukraine’s Autocephaly: First Results and Possible Influence on Orthodox World

Nearly three months ago, on January 6, Patriarch Bartholomew signed the Tomos of Autoceplahy for the Ukrainian Orthodoxy. Though the whole process of granting autocephaly took less than a year – Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in April 2018 – the “healing of the schism” seems to be requiring much more time as the reconciliation between[Read More…]

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Overcoming of schisms goes further or The Ecumenical Patriarchate strikes back

Overcoming of schisms goes further or The Ecumenical Patriarchate strikes back

The Patriarchate of Constantinople will expand its presence in Russia through the parishes of the former Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP). There are also negotiations on the restoration of communion with representatives of the so-called Catacomb church. According to the statute adopted by the episcopate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), as well as the Tomos of[Read More…]

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A hard way to Westphalia: Ukraine on the brink of new Thirty-Year War?

A hard way to Westphalia: Ukraine on the brink of new Thirty-Year War?

  Does Petro Poroshenko see the red line drawn 370 years ago in Westphalia and will the leaders of the democratic world remind him of it again? The President of Ukraine has declared his intention to unite several largest Ukrainian Orthodox confessions into one Church. Wow… Even the first sentence was too much for me. It’s hard for a modern[Read More…]

Constantinople coming to Ukraine. Is the game worth the candle?

Constantinople coming to Ukraine. Is the game worth the candle?

Recently, the opening of the Constantinople Patriarchate’s metochions in Ukrainian cities Kyiv and Lviv has become quite a hot topic. Not long ago, Director of the Department for Religious Affairs and Nationalities of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine AndriyYurash confirmed this information in an interview to the RISU news agency and claimed opening of the missions “is an irreversible[Read More…]

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US Coup in Ukraine Has Produced Religious Persecutions

When the democratically-elected President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in the bloody US-backed coup of February 2014, turning Ukraine against Russia, one of the beneficiaries was Ukraine’s ‘anti-Russian church’: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP). This church was established in 1992 by a former Metropolitan of the Moscow Patriarchate, Filaret (Denisenko), after he failed to be elected Primate[Read More…]