Moscow Patriarchy

  • 17 December 2018, 10:35 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    New Ukrainian primate’s name commemorated in Constantinople

    For the first time in history the name of the primate of the church in Ukraine was heard today in Constantinople together with the names of the other patriarchs and archbishops, ORTHODOXIA.INFO reports.

  • 15 December 2018, 21:16 | Moscow Patriarchy | 

    ROC calls canonically void the unification council in Kyiv

    The Russian Orthodox Church considers canonically void the unification council which elected the head of a new Ukrainian Church, independent of Moscow. This was stated by the deputy chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Nikolai Balashov, according to Interfax.

  • 14 December 2018, 11:14 | Moscow Patriarchy | 

    Patriarch Kirill complained to the whole world, including Pope and UN about persecution of UOC-MP in Ukraine

    Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill complained to the Pope of Rome Francis, heads of international organizations, religious and state figures that Ukraine allegedly cracks down on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. This is reported by the Department of External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • 24 November 2018, 08:53 | Church-state relations | 

    ROC comments on the decision of the anti-raider commission regarding the Pochayiv Lavra

    The decision of the commission of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine to strip the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate of the right to use the set of buildings of the Holy Assumption Pochayiv Lavra marks the beginning of massive pressure on the UOC. Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of Foreign Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church archpriest Nikolai Balashov said this in an interview with Interfax.

  • 19 November 2018, 13:20 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    ROC legates actively work with Local Churches on Ukrainian issue

    Head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad, Archbishop Antony (Sevriuk) of Vienna and Budapest visited Slovakia and the Czech Republic on November 14-15. Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokalamsk, Chairman of the DECR, arrived in Cairo (Egypt), and on November 17th he visited the residence of the Patriarchate of Antioch in Syria.

  • 16 November 2018, 16:01 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Polish Orthodox Church sides with Moscow Patriarchate

    The Synod of the Polish Orthodox Church, held on November 14, 2018 in Warsaw under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland, did not support the decision of Constantinople regarding Ukraine.

  • 5 November 2018, 14:12 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Patriarch Bartholomew urges ROC to accept loss of Ukraine

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew urged the Russian Orthodox Church to accept and recognize the right of Ukrainians to autocephaly.

  • 31 October 2018, 14:05 | Moscow Patriarchy | 

    Putin threatens with grave consequences for attempts to break up ROC

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian Orthodox Church is doing a lot to strengthen the cultural and humanitarian ties of Russia with compatriots from around the world, and now many are trying to “break these ties.”

  • 31 October 2018, 10:58 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Patriarch Kirill: Constantinople attempts to destroy ROC

    Patriarch Kirill explains the actions of Constantinople in Ukraine by the global order to destroy the “island of freedom”, which is the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • 24 October 2018, 11:30 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Constantinople, Jerusalem strengthen ties in response to Moscow decision

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has met with Ukrainian children whose parents died in Donbas, Ukraine's Consul General in Istanbul Oleksandr Gaman has reported on Twitter.

  • 23 October 2018, 10:15 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Russian Orthodox Church wants Constantinople to apologize for split

    The Russian Orthodox Church agrees to dialogue with the Patriarchate of Constantinople if the latter realizes the “mistakenness” of its actions in Ukraine, and apologizes.

  • 19 October 2018, 11:37 | Religion and policy | 

    MP Tymchuk: Putin ordered to deploy the disguised GRU task force in the most important UOC monasteries

    Vladimir Putin ordered the leadership of the Russian law enforcement forces to “guarantee the security of the Metropolitans of the Moscow Patriarchate” whatever the circumstances. To do this, they plan to deploy the disguised GRU (the main military foreign-intelligence service of the Russian Federation) task force in the most important monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).

  • 19 October 2018, 10:50 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    ROC to sever relations with Patriarchate of Jerusalem, if Filaret’s adherents are allowed to worship in the Holy Land

    The Russian Orthodox Church may suspend services in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher if the Patriarchate of Jerusalem supports Constantinople in its decision to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

  • 18 October 2018, 14:08 | Interchurch relations | 

    ROC Metropolitan arrives in the Vatican to talk about schism in Ukraine

    On October 17-18, Chair of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) is on a visit to the Vatican. Patriarch Kirill’s representative said that he “cannot refrain from talking about schism in Ukraine”. This is reported by citing the KAI.

  • 16 October 2018, 12:55 | Church-state relations | 

    Poroshenko about breakup of relations between Moscow and Constantinople: We are on the right path

    President Petro Poroshenko believes that Ukraine has made the right choice by asking the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

  • 15 October 2018, 21:24 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Synod of Moscow Patriarchate follows Kremlin’s isolationist policy

    "The Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate follows the Kremlin’s isolationist policy in response to the legitimate decisions of the international community,” Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya), the spokesman of Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, responded on his Facebook page to the decision of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to break the Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

  • 15 October 2018, 19:52 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Synod of ROC breaks Eucharistic communion with Ecumenical Patriarchate

    At the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, held on October 15, 2018 in Minsk, its participants adopted the Statement of the Holy Synod, the website of the Russian Orthodox Church reports.

  • 15 October 2018, 16:15 | Religion and policy | 

    ROC representative suggests to excommunicate Poroshenko

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, could be excommunicated from the Church for his words about the annexation of the Kyiv Metropolis by the Russian Orthodox Church and for other sins. Such a proposal in an interview with was made by Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.

  • 14 October 2018, 10:18 | Religion and policy | 

    Russian Security Council discusses the situation of Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on Friday evening with permanent members of the Russian Security Council on domestic and foreign policy, discussing the situation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, reports Interfax-religion.

  • 12 October 2018, 10:18 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    UOC (MP) threatens to punish Bartholomew with anathema

    The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) considers the decision of Constantinople to lift anathema from Patriarch Filaret of the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate and to proclaim him and the Primate of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Patriarch Makariy, as canonical leaders to be “absolutely illegitimate”.