Am Montag, dem 13. Januar, findet in Kiew, im Pressezentrum „Ukrayinski novyny (Ukrainische Nachrichten)“ eine Pressekonferenz Seiner Seligkeit Sviatoslavs (Shevchuk), des Oberhaupts der UGKK, statt. Sie beginnt um 10.00 Uhr.
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Ministry of Culture threatened to terminate the registration of the UGCC because of the priests' presence on Euromaidan (RISU)Patriarch Sviatoslav ( Shevchuk ) on 13 January published and commented on the letter from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine on the possible termination of the activities of religious organizations based on their activity on Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) where for two months peaceful protests are held.
On Christmas Eve, January 6, Greek Catholic head received an official letter from the Ministry about " systematic disregard for the law by some priests on Independence Square, allegedly supported UGCC authorities."
According to the ministry, UGCC violated the requirements of the law on freedom of conscience and religious organizations, holding religious activities on the Square in December 2013 and at the beginning of 2014.
In response to this information from the Ministry of Culture the patriarch said that the Church is not taking part in political events, but it "can not stay apart when faithful ask for spiritual care ," as well as present on the Square .
"Our Church has always been true and will remain so for the future mission that Christ the Savior entrusted, despite all the threats. We thought that the time of repression has passed, but letters like these give doubts. We are not ashamed of our presence on the Maidan and will remain there "- said the head of the UGCC .
We currently do not known if such letters recieved other churches or religious organizations.
Last UGCC "was removed from the register" in March 1946, during Stalin's purges and for 40 years existed illigaly.
Religious Information Service Ukraine