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Ukrainian bishop: Putin is the ‘anti-Christ of our latest time’


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A Ukrainian archbishop and spokesman for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the “anti-Christ of our present-day time” as Russia invades Ukraine.

Though Putin seems to be portraying himself as a sort of messianic figure, looking for to reunite the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Church buildings (which formally split in 2019), Yevstratiy Zoria set him on the other side of the Christian spectrum.

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“Putin is actually not messiah, but actually anti-Christ of our present-day time,” Yevstratiy Zoria, the spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, explained to Harry Farley, religion and ethics producer for the BBC.

“You feel he is the anti-Christ of your time?” Farley pressed in an interview broadcast on the BBC’s International News Podcast.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the media during a joint news conference with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures although talking to the media for the duration of a joint news conference with Hungary’s Primary Minister Viktor Orban subsequent their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.
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“Indeed, he is anti-Christ because almost everything what he does, all the things what he do now, is thoroughly in opposition to gospel, towards God’s regulation,” the spokesman responded.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kyiv did not straight away respond to WHD News’ request for comment and clarification. 

A big the vast majority of Ukraine’s populace identifies as Japanese Orthodox Christian, though a major minority of Ukrainian Catholics worship with a Byzantine liturgy related to the Orthodox but are faithful to the pope, surveys present. Ukraine’s Orthodox population is break up between the Kyiv-dependent Orthodox Church of Ukraine (which Yevstratiy Zoria signifies) and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is underneath the Orthodox patriarch of Moscow but has broad autonomy.

Ukrainian new head of Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epiphanius speaks during a closed-door synod of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.  Ukrainian Orthodox leaders approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church.

Ukrainian new head of Ukrainian Orthodox church Metropolitan Epiphanius speaks through a closed-door synod of 3 Ukrainian Orthodox church buildings to approve the constitution for a unified church and to elect leadership in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.  Ukrainian Orthodox leaders accredited the development of a unified church impartial of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church.

Putin justified his invasion in section as a protection of the Moscow-oriented Orthodox church, but the leaders of equally church buildings are denouncing the invasion, as is the country’s Catholic minority.

“With prayer on our lips, with like for God, for Ukraine, for our neighbors, we struggle versus evil – and we will see victory,” Metropolitan Epifany, head of the Kyiv-primarily based Orthodox Church of Ukraine, instructed the .

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“Ignore mutual quarrels and misunderstandings and … unite with really like for God and our Motherland,” Metropolitan Onufry, head of the Moscow-connected Ukrainian Orthodox Church, claimed.

FIn this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, an aerial photo of the thousand-year-old Monastery of Caves, also known as Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the holiest site of Eastern Orthodox Christians is taken through morning fog during sunrise in Kiev, Ukraine.

FIn this Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 file picture, an aerial image of the thousand-year-old Monastery of Caves, also recognised as Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the holiest internet site of Eastern Orthodox Christians is taken by means of morning fog all through dawn in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Ukraine and Russia both of those trace their background back to the medieval kingdom of Kievan Rus, whose 10th century Prince Vladimir (Volodymyr in Ukrainian) rejected paganism, was baptized in Crimea, and adopted Orthodoxy as the official faith. In 2014, Putin cited that heritage in justifying his seizure of Crimea. He similarly referenced that record in a speech previous July, which offered an early warning of his rationale behind invading Ukraine.

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Whilst quite a few Western Christians associate Antichrist with the determine from the biblical book of Revelation and seem to the Antichrist as a demonic figure who will unite the planet in opposition to God, the phrase “anti-Christ” can also have a considerably broader which means, frequently referring to a particular person who opposes Jesus Christ and sets himself up as a false messiah.

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