In Kiev accused Moscow of arson of St. Andrew’s Church

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Press Secretary of the Ukrainian non-canonical Church structures Eustratius Zorya said that on the morning of Thursday the unknown threw a Molotov cocktail at the door of St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev. In his words, involved «henchmen of Moscow», but no evidence of this in Kiev is not provided.

«Half an hour ago, threw Molotov cocktails at the door of the stylobate (the house Foundation) St. Andrew’s Church. The fire did not happen, no harm done, nobody got hurt. But we see that the minions of Moscow’s attempt to intimidate the representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch. However, wisely told his Holiness Bartholomew in the eyes of the Muscovites, the Ecumenical Patriarchate does not threaten anyone and do not perceive threats,» wrote dawn on his page on Facebook on Thursday.

Earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law on St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev, according to which the temple is passed to the permanent use of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

St. Andrew’s Church in Kiev — the Orthodox Church in honour of St. Andrew, built in the Baroque style by the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754, on St. Andrew’s hill. It is located on the right Bank of the Dnieper, above the historical part of Ukrainian capital — Hem. Until 2015 St. Andrew’s Church was subordinated to the Ukrainian non-canonical structure. Then the lease ended and the building started to reconstruct. Now the Church finds in the state.

The authorities in Kiev and non-canonical Church structure in Ukraine hope till the end of the year to receive the Tomos of autocephaly from Constantinople, but Tomos can get only the Primate of the «United» Church, it needs to select on the «unification Council» of the Orthodox churches in Ukraine, which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

Because of the decision of Constantinople to begin providing non-canonical autocephaly churches in Ukraine, which the Russian Orthodox Church is called the schism, the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October announced the severance of communication with the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the ROC, including Ukraine and Belarus.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has called canonically void, and saw politics in the abolition of Constantinople by the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Hilarion said that Constantinople lost its right to be called the coordinating centre of Orthodoxy. In the Russian Orthodox Church hope that Constantinople will change the decision to give the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church, and before that he will be in schism.

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