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Estonia tells its top Russian Orthodox clergyman to leave the country

Reuters Estonia has told the head of its branch of the Russian Orthodox Church to leave the country, calling him a threat to national security, Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Thursday. Valeri Reshetnikov, who heads the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate as Metropolitan Eugene, was refused an extension of his residence permit […]

Russian Patriarch reminds Africans of advantages in following Kremlin’s lead

Patriarch Kirill speaks during the Russia-Africa Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 27th July, 2023.

RNS Meeting with African leaders late last month, Russian Patriarch Kirill boasted of the continued expansion of the Russian Orthodox Church in their countries, paralleling the strategy of the leaders’ host, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to expand Kremlin influence across the continent. The Moscow Patriarchate said it had almost doubled its size in Africa since […]

Russian Orthodox head appeals against eviction of church from Kyiv

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia conducts the Orthodox Christmas service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia, January 7, 2023.

Reuters Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, on Saturday asked Pope Francis and other religious leaders to persuade Ukraine to stop a crackdown against a historically Russian-aligned wing of the church. Kyiv on Friday ordered the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to leave a monastery complex where it is based, the latest move against a […]

Ukraine reclaims Kyiv cathedral amid church dispute

Ukraine Kyiv Pechersk Lavra monastic complex

Kyiv, UkraineAP The Ukrainian Government has taken the main cathedral of the revered historic monastery from the church previously affiliated with Moscow’s patriarchate and allowed its Ukrainian rival to use it for Orthodox Christmas services. The move comes as the long-running tensions between the two churches exacerbated amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. A bird flies over […]

Ukraine searches monastic complex, prompts anger in Moscow

Ukraine Monastery of Caves1

Kyiv, Ukraine AP Ukraine’s counter-intelligence service, police officers and the country’s National Guard on Tuesday searched one of the most famous Orthodox Christian sites in the capital, Kyiv, after a priest spoke favourably about Russia – Ukraine’s invader – during a service. The search of the Pechersk Lavra monastic complex was highly unusual. Its cathedral, […]

Ukraine’s Lviv symbolically votes to ban formerly Moscow-affiliated church

Turkey Istanbul Orthodox Church of Ukraine Metropolitan Epifaniy and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Kyiv, UkraineReuters The local council in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Thursday became the first to ban a branch of the Orthodox church that was until last month directly affiliated with Moscow. According to Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi, the unanimous council vote to prohibit the activity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – with […]

Kyiv parish ravaged by occupation makes painful split from Moscow

Ukraine Irpin Saint Nicholas church1

Irpin, UkraineReuters For years a vocal minority at Saint Nicholas’ parish in the middle-class Kyiv commuter town of Irpin resisted calls to split from their spiritual fathers in Moscow.  A millennium of sacred ties between Russia and Ukraine, they argued, should be above politics.  But after three weeks of Russian military occupation that left the […]