The monks of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in the event of eviction from the monastery will be able to move to Belarus. This was announced on July 4 by the synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church (BOC).
“The Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church testifies that in the event of forcible eviction of monastics from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, they can find a place for further monastic deeds in the monastic cloisters of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. We call on all the children of the Belarusian Orthodox Church to intensify their prayers for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) and its children,” the message says.
The synod noted that they perceive with sorrow the news about the events taking place in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. They condemned the actions of the Ukrainian authorities in relation to the UOC, the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, its governor and brethren, clergy and laity.
“Despite the protests of tens of thousands of believing citizens and condemnation from the international community, the Ukrainian authorities continue their treacherous encroachments on the great shrine of all Orthodox believers, leaving their godless attempts to destroy the cradle of the Orthodox faith of the East Slavic peoples,” the BOC reported. For three sorrows: what shrines of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra can be sent to Europe The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service warned about the plans of the Ukrainian authorities to take Christian relics out of the country
On July 1, it became known that Kiev decided to stop the access of the monks of the UOC to the buildings of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. This follows from a letter from the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, which was published by the lawyer of the Lavra, Archpriest Nikita Chekman.
The UOC stated that the demand of the administration of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra reserve to the monks to vacate the buildings on its territory is illegal, since there is no court decision on this issue, and the actions of the Kiev authorities are already being appealed in court.
In 2022, the Ukrainian authorities stepped up their actions against the UOC. They searched the homes of bishops and priests, churches and monasteries, including the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, in order to find traces of “anti-Ukrainian activities.” So, in December 2022, the SBU opened 50 criminal cases against the priests of the UOC.Share: