“Unknown Persons” Once Again Desecrated a Temple of the Moscow Patriarchate in Lvov

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



In February, 2018 the temple of St. Prince Vladimir was subjected to an arson by unknown persons, and the criminals haven’t been caught. And in October unknown persons committed yet another crime.

Representatives of the diocesan press service of Lvov expressed concern about an incident that occurred in the night of October 21st.

Unknown persons, as was reported on the diocese website, pasted up posters featuring Stalin’s portrait and also leaflets with the inscription “Stalin’s Patriarchate”.

Representatives of the press service also noted that president Poroshenko guaranteed religious freedom and that the forceful appropriation of property won’t happen. In addition, it is also noted that the Constantinople patriarch Bartholomew urged not to use force and not to appropriate church property.

“Unfortunately, we don’t see either Christ’s love for others, nor the desire for peace in the actions of the unknown persons who profaned the Svyato-Vladimirsky temple,” wrote representatives of the Lvov diocese in the statement.

In an appeal to those who nourish the idea about capturing property and intimidating parishioners, representatives of the Lvov diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church [Moscow Patriarchate – ed] asked to stop kindling interfaith hostility:

“This, we appeal to those who nourish such criminal ideas, and we ask to stop kindling interfaith hostility”.

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