"Kiev Patriarchate" attempt to seize a church in the Sumy Region, Ukraine
03 December 2009, 16:42
Adherents of "Kiev Patriarchate" attempt to seize a church in the
Sumy Region, Ukraine
Kiev, December 3, Interfax - Bishop Eulogy of Sumy and Okhtyrka
stated that adherents of the "Kiev Patriarchate" attempted to seize
the Church of Archangel Michael in the Ukrainian town Okhtyrka in the
Believers consider "such disregard of their interests" an attempt to
destabilize situation in the region "using religious factor," the
Bishop said in his telegram to the head of regional administration
Nikolay Lavrik conveyed to Interfax-Religion on Thursday.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia conducting negotiations
with Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko in July touched upon the
problem of Orthodox believers' rights in the Sumy Region where some
churches of the canonical Ukrainian Church had been seized. European
MP Tatyana Zdanoka also expressed her concerns with seizure of
churches in the region.
As was reported, adherents of the "Kiev Patriarchate" under false
pretences captured a building and property of St. Paraskeva Orthodox
Church in the Gudymy village and seized the Transfiguration Church in
the village of Beyevo on Easter eve.