The Ministry of culture of Ukraine for the first time in 30 years validates the shrines of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra

© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace in fotomasterskie Cathedral of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in Kiev. Archival photoThe Ministry of culture of Ukraine for the first time in 30 years validates the shrines of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra© RIA Novosti / Stringreplace the image Bank

In Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, a special Commission of the Ministry of culture of Ukraine checks religious values and icons, is reported in the outreach Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The Commission includes employees of the Ministry and the national Museum of «Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra». «The purpose of the Commission is to check the existing Church property and shrines, which were referred to the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra since 1988 — since the monastery after the revival», — stated in the message.

It is noted that the test for the first time in 30 years. The Commission is working «under the supervision of the monks, the guards of the caves and members of the Spiritual Council of the monastery».

Kiev-Pechersk Lavra – one of the first since the founding of monasteries of Kievan Rus and one of the largest Christian centers of the Holy sites of Ukraine.

The question of Church property in Ukraine escalated amid Church opposition. So, last week the Ukrainian government has deprived of the UOC the right to use the complex of buildings of the Pochayiv Holy Dormition monastery and brought it into the Kremenets-Pochayiv reserve. In the Russian Orthodox Church declared that these actions demonstrate the intimidation by the authorities of believers in Ukraine.

In addition, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has repeatedly reported on the harassment of priests and grabs the temples by the representatives of the non-canonical religious structures. Only for 2014-2016 she lost 40 temples. Besides, the head of the UOC Metropolitan Onufrii and the Governor of Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Metropolitan Vyshgorod and Chernobyl Paul entered into the database of the infamous website «the Peacemaker.»

Kyiv authorities expect that before the end of the year of Constantinople will issue a Tomos of autocephaly of a «United Ukrainian Church», which doesn’t even exist. The Primate of the new Church is scheduled to vote on the «unification Council», which date is not appointed yet. This canonical UOC said that is not going to participate in this event.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople announced the beginning of the process of granting autocephaly of the non-canonical Church in Ukraine in mid-October. In particular, he abolished the act of 1686 on the transfer of the Kyiv Metropolitanate to the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, and took a anarchy with the Ukrainian schismatics Filaret Denisenko and Macarius of Miletich. In the ROC these actions are called split and severed Eucharistic communion with Constantinople on the canonical territory, including Ukraine and Belarus. Later communication with Constantinople broke and the UOC.

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