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Filaret asks Ukraine's Interior Minister to protect Ukraine's Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate

The Head of the Church fears cases of raiding Ukraine's Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate
09:31, 24 June 2019

Honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Filaret
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Filaret, the leader of Ukraine's Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate turned to Arsen Avakov, the Interior Minister asking him to protect the Church from possible raiding by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. 

A copy of the respective address was published by archpriest Mykola Lahodych. 

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In the address, Filaret mentioned the allegedly captured buildings of the Church in Kyiv - namely, St. Feodosiya's monastery and Uspensky shrine. 

The Ecumenical Patriarchate granted Ukraine Tomos on the autocephaly in October 2018; the signature ceremony took place in Istanbul in January 2019. Tomos, as the document, was brought to Ukraine soon after that. Filaret was the only churchman who did not support Tomos at the council that took place in Kyiv in December 2018. However, it appeared that he had agreed to sign the decision to disband the Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate.

Related: Ukrainian Orthodox Church makes Filaret a patriarch for life

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