Photo: press service of the Lviv diocese of the UOC (MP)
In the Ukrainian Lviv unknown hung in the temple of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) posters with the President of the Council of Ministers of the USSR Joseph Stalin. Information about this appeared on the website of the diocese of Lviv.
As noted, the incident occurred in the night from 20 to 21 October. Under a picture of Stalin on the posters also made the inscription “Stalin’s Patriarchate is now the canonical name of the Moscow Orthodox Church.”
The clergy expressed their concern and added that in February this year, the Church was damaged in an arson attack and is now recovering, while the perpetrators of the crime was never found.
“I appeal to those who have Mature such criminal plans, and please stop creating sectarian strife in this important moment in Church history of Ukraine. (..) We ask the parishioners of St. Vladimir Church to keep calm, pray and put the situation in God’s Providence, in Almighty God’s hand,” — said in the diocese.
In early October, the Ecumenical (Constantinople) Patriarchate proceeded with the granting of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. On 11 October, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate lifted the anathema from the heads of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC).
In this regard, the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) 15 Oct severed Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, October 20, declared the Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew a schismatic according to Church canons. October 19, the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad (ROCA) supported the position of the Russian Orthodox Church and declared the decision of Constantinople to be invalid.
In September 1943, after a meeting of the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church with Stalin in Moscow was the first since 1918, the Council of bishops of the Russian Church. Cathedral unanimously elected Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna Sergius Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia.
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