A group of raiders led by three representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate captured St. Elijah’s Church that is located in the village of Yasinya/Lopushanka.
Members of the religious community in Lopushanka the Transcarpathian region, which remained faithful to the canonical Church, will be looking for new premises for liturgical activities.
February 10, 2019, a group of raiders led by three representatives of the Kiev Patriarchate captured St. Elijah’s Church that is located in the village of Yasinya/Lopushanka Jasinjanska Khust deanery of the diocese of the UOC. The correspondent of the SPM announced its Dean is Archpriest Vitaly Kamini.
Later in the day about the “transition” communities in the jurisdiction of the DNC said “Bishop” of the Kiev Patriarchate in Transcarpathia varsonofiy. According to his statement, he has already made and issued a decree on the admission of parishes of the UOC in Lopushanka and Velykyi Bychkiv to his structure.
Traditionally meeting on the transition in ptsu initiators actively urged people not involved in the life of the parish community. They vote “for transition”, after which the entrance to the temple opened, and from it the faithful are pushed back.
Today in Lopushanka is a functioning community of the UOC. The priest and with him the remaining 25-30 parishioners will be to find room to replace the stolen temple. According to Dean’s father Vitaly, to capture the temple was visited by slightly more people – 40-45 people.
According to Dean, in addition to the captured temple in Lopushanka him personally, the raiders threatened to seize another two parishes in the County. In DNC also announced that in the Carpathians in which the positions of the UOC remained traditionally stable, supposedly “determined to go” ten parishes. We can assume that they are all in close access from those churches that are already captured: this part of the diocese of Khust borders with the Ivano-Frankivsk region, so it is easier to organize the team.
Recall, February 3, the same raider group organized the seizure of the Church of the UOC in another sector of the village of the same village, – Yassin/Keveliv. While Dean threatened that in case of preventing the kidnap of his child; threats addressed to other people – and it continues to this day. His own parish is not yet touched; this Sunday in the Church in the service of father Vitaly gathered more than 90 people. In Jasinjanska deanery asking for help and support, since the RAID takes place with the involvement of third parties and administrative resources, and there are several temples.