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The University of British Columbia faces persecution, according to the Church of Antioch


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Moscow, April 26 – The Synod of the Church of Antioch called on world leaders to pay attention to discrimination and violation of the rights and freedoms of believers in the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, expressing solidarity with them, according to what the university reported on its Telegram channel.
The Antiochian Orthodox Church is the largest church in the Middle East. According to legend, it was founded in 37 AD by the apostles Peter and Paul in the city of Antioch (now Antakya, Turkey). The ecclesiastical territories of the Church of Antioch are Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait and the countries of the Arabian Peninsula (except Jordan).
On April 25, 2023, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Antioch, headed by Patriarch John X, held its sixteenth extraordinary session in Balamand, where members of the Synod expressed their “solidarity with the brothers in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.” Suffering from difficult times of war and the injustice of religious persecution, “- reported the telegram channel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

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According to the UOC, the Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church appealed to world leaders with a demand to pay attention to the discrimination and violation of human rights and religious freedoms suffered by the clergy and parishioners of the university, and even “went to expel the monks from the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra”, which was restored by the University of Oklahoma after the destruction in the reign Soviet.
Over the past year, Ukrainian authorities have staged the largest wave of persecution of UBC in the country’s recent history. Referring to its connection with Russia, local authorities in various regions of Ukraine decided to ban the activities of the UOC, and a bill on the actual ban in Ukraine was submitted to the country’s parliament. Dissidents in the OCU forcibly take over the UOC temples. The authorities imposed sanctions on some representatives of the clergy at the University of Oklahoma. The Security Service of Ukraine began to open criminal cases against the clergy of the University of British Columbia, to conduct “counter-intelligence activities” – searches of bishops and priests, in churches and monasteries, in search of evidence of “anti-Ukrainian activities”.

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