The supporters of the autocephaly of the attack on the residence of the Metropolitan of the UOC

© Photo : the Kyivan Metropolitanate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Cervicolor of bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Archive photoThe supporters of the autocephaly of the attack on the residence of the Metropolitan of the UOC© Photo : the Kyivan Metropolitanate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Several dozen supporters of the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Church on Saturday in the city of Krivoy Rog Dnepropetrovsk region of Ukraine tried to storm the residence of the Metropolitan of Krivoy Rog and Nikopol Ephraim, which the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), the press service of the UOC.

«They tried to break down the doors of the building and shouted insults at the ruling Bishop of the diocese of Krivoy Rog that he does not support the idea of a «grant Thomas» Ukraine», — stated in the message of the UOC in Facebook.

It is reported that in the hands of the demonstrators were posters with slogans for autocephaly, which they hung on the gate and the fence. It is noted that the protesters tried to get into the residence of Metropolitan Ephraim, «and one of the participants of the so-called «action» tried to break down the gate.»

The UOC representatives stressed that the events were watched by representatives of the national police who do not interfere with protesters «shouting appeals that they incited religious hatred».

«As admitted by one of the protesters, who introduced himself as a member of the «Right sector» (organization banned in Russia), it is not a «religious man» but supported the idea of creating «one local Autocephalous Church.» Another participant admitted that «the topic», but — «for a free Ukraine». Third, demanded that the Archbishop gave up his position», — stated in the message.

In October the clergy of the diocese of Dnipropetrovsk expressed their unanimous support of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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.

The canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church has repeatedly reported on the harassment of priests and grabs the temples by the representatives of the non-canonical religious structures. In particular, in 2014-2016, the UOC lost 40 temples. In addition, in the database, the infamous Ukrainian site of the «Peacemaker» made the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Onuphrius, and the Governor of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Paul.

In September the monitoring mission of the UN on human rights in Ukraine published a report showing that in may-August was carried out six attacks on the temples of the canonical UOC, the criminal cases initiated only on the two of them.

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