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Patriarch Filaret asks Zelensky to protect Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate

According to Primate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Ministry of Justice has begun the process of liquidation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate
15:30, 31 July 2019

Primate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret
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Primate of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret appealed to the Ministry of Justice and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky to prolong registration and protect the rights of the church. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate.

Filaret wrote a letter to the Ministry of Justice, informing that neither the leaders of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine nor the liquidation commission created by it had anything to do with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“We got information that the Justice Ministry intended to cancel registration Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate and deprive Kyiv Patriarchy of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the status of a legal entity based on the decision of liquidation commission created by the leadership of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” Filaret said.  

Filaret also wrote a letter to the president of Ukraine asking to protect the rights of the church and interests of the Ukrainian people.

According to the Primate, he and his church were deceived with the “anti-national participation” of the former president Poroshenko, when Ukraine received Tomos.

Related: Ecumenical Patriarchate may withdraw Tomos only upon Ukrainian church’s initiative

“Unfortunately, nobody except Poroshenko and Metropolitan Epiphany saw the text of Tomos before January 6, 2019. Seeing such an unwanted dependency, I and those loyal to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate have immediately started to fight against the oppressive agreement and left Orthodox Church of Ukraine, having held Local Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate,” Filaret stated.

As it was reported earlier, Synod of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) did not exclude honorary patriarch Filaret from the Episcopate of the church. However, it banned him from the ruling of Kyiv eparchy, the OCU stated at the Synod session.

Earlier, Filaret conceded a split in the newly formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine and stated that he had the authority to convene a council.

Related: Honorary Patriarch Filaret rejects Tomos, calls local church council to restore Kyiv patriarchate

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