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Statement of the Holy Synod of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate on the interference of His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople into the internal affairs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Synod of the Estonian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) expresses its profound concern over dangerous developments in the ecclesial situation in Ukraine caused by the unilateral actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople which has sent two hierarchs to Kiev for implementing a project of establishing the Ukrainian autocephalous church. On the basis of experience acquired by the Estonian Orthodox Church we state that such actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople undertaken without any agreement with the canonical authorities of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church can entail dire consequences for both Orthodoxy in Ukraine and the unity of the entire universal Church.

Even today representatives of schismatic communities in Ukraine announce their plans to deprive the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of its official name and to alienate its property in favour of a new church structure. Should these plans be implemented, Orthodoxy in Ukraine will suffer a terrible blow and millions of the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful will be discriminated and left without their church building and monasteries.

We resolutely condemn the anti-canonical actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Ukraine, wholeheartedly agree with the position of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church presented in its statement of September 14, 2018, and express our unfailing support to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine, bishops, clergy and the entire Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

We call upon clerics and all the faithful children of the Estonian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) to offer up prayers of fervent supplication for the unity and like-mindedness of the Holy Orthodox Church and for the soonest just settlement of the situation.

The OSCE is monitoring the situation with the rights of believers in Ukraine.


Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church participated in a meeting of the Strategic Vision Group "Russia - Islamic World" in Kazan.


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sends greetings to participants in the conference of “Russia – Islamic World” Group of Strategic Vision


Paschal Message from Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill addressed the blatant examples of pressure on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill hosts a regular session of the Supreme Church Council.


Patriarch Kirill met with the DECR Chairman and the Patriarchal Exarch of Western Europe


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates moleben in Donskoy Monastery at the shrine with St. Tikhon’s relics


Patriarch Kirill celebrates at the Annunciation Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin on the Feast of the Annunciation


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill celebrates All-night Vigil at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on the eve of the Feast of the Annunciation


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Metropolitan Constantine of Zaraisk


Metropolitan of All America and Canada Tikhon extends condolences for victims of terrorist attack in Krasnogorsk


Address by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the 25th anniversary of the start of NATO aggression against Yugoslavia


The Primates of the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches head the Divine Liturgy and take the funeral for the bishop of Moravica Anthony at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow


His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church


Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul


Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ


Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents


Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins


Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life


On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America


Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people


Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God


Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible


Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people


Metropolitan Hilarion: Eucharist is the wedding feast, to which Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us


Metropolitan Hilarion: Faith alone is not enough for salvation


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