» 03/26/2014, 00.00
RUSSIA - UKRAINE
Moscow Patriarchate slams Ukrainian Catholic 'Uniates' for "meddling" in politics and taking a pro-West stance
Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department for External Church Relations, slams Catholic Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv for his positions. He also says he asked the Holy See for explanations. Diplomacy is faltering over the religious divisions.
07/03/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Crimea: Church and pro-Ukraine Crimeans demonstrate for peace
The Orthodox Metropolitan of Simferopol prays for Ukraine's territorial integrity. Crimean Muslims also demonstrate. Tensions persist between pro-Russia and pro-Ukraine Crimeans. As US and EU threaten Putin with financial sanctions if he does not accept negotiations with Ukraine, fears rise in the Baltic republics.
20/09/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
Ukrainian Orthodox parishes leaving Moscow Patriarchate for Kyiv
According to reports from the Ukrainian Church-Kyiv Patriarchate, at least a dozen congregations have opted to switch with local media reporting that the shift is due to the reluctance of the clergy and faithful to accept the support of the Russian Patriarchate for the Kremlin's policies.
04/04/2014 RUSSIA - UKRAINE
For Metropolitan Hilarion, Ukraine crisis ended preparations for meeting between pope and patriarch
According to the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, the two sides were working on preparations last fall, but the actions of the Greek-Catholic Church during Maidan Square protests Maidan "have thrown us much back".
08/06/2016 10:04:00 RUSSIA - ORTHODOX
Pan-Orthodox Council, Moscow Patriarchal Synod holds emergency meeting to decide their participation
Metropolitan Hilarion: "shocked" by Constantinople’s refusal to hold an extraordinary preconciliar meeting to resolve the issues raised by the local churches. "The decisions of the Council shall be taken by unanimous consent and that is not possible if some Churches are missing".
23/02/2015 UKRAINE - RUSSIA
For Ukrainian Church, even the pope calls the conflict a civil war, something Kyiv does not acknowledge
The head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church press service appreciates the "shared position" with the Church of Rome on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He attacks the government, wondering whether it will now accuse the pope of being a subversive and ban him from the country.
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