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"Kiev Patriarchate" attempt to seize a church in the Sumy Region, Ukraine

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=6704 03 December 2009, 16:42 Adherents of Kiev Patriarchate attempt to seize a church in the Sumy Region,
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      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
      Sumy Region.

      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.
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