28 November 2005, 11:52
Greek Catholic chapel on the construction site of 'patriarchal cathedral'
burnt down in Kiev on the eve of 'Orange Revolution'
Moscow, November 28, Interfax - Kievan Greek Catholics have lost their
'patriarchal church'. The chapel was burnt that has been used as such since
the residence of the head of Ukrainian uniats, who calls himself patriarch,
was transferred from Lvov to Kiev.
Law enforcement are following two lead: ignition of electrical wiring and
arson, Edinoe Otechestvo web-site reports.
The chapel caught fire at 05.00 a.m. on November 19. It took the wooden
construction an hour to burn down to the ground. Firefighters unit did
manage to save any single ecclesiastical object. Icons, church banners and
vestments were burnt.
The Greek Catholics celebrated divine service on Sunday morning in a cabin
nearby. Church utensils found on the site of fire were moved here. The
results of the investigation are expected to be released soon.
There are four Greek Catholic communities in Kiev at present. The
'patriarchal cathedral' of the Resurrection of Christ is planned to be
built not far from the burnt chapel in two years.
Earlier the Orthodox protested against transferring Lubomir Huzar's see
from Lvov to Kiev.