Kiev, August 14, 2023
His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl, the persecuted abbot of the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra, underwent emergency surgery today.
Vladyka Pavel was “hospitalized in the cardiology department of a hospital in Kiev due to a sharp deterioration in his health,” reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The Metropolitan underwent surgery on his heart vessels and is currently under doctor supervision at the hospital.
As the abbot of the famous Kiev Caves Lavra, Met. Pavel has become a prime target for the Ukrainian authorities, who have accused him of “inciting religious enmity” and “justifying Russian aggression,” as it has several other hierarchs. However, as with the other hierarchs, the state has provided no proof of these accusations.
Nevertheless, Met. Pavel has been held under house arrest or in a pre-trial detention center since April. Though he was recently Abbot of Kiev Caves Lavra released after months of house arrest and detentionFinally, after months of being unjustly held under round-the-clock house arrest and then in a detention center, the abbot of the Kiev Caves Lavra has been released on bail.
“>released from detention on a wildly exorbitant $900,000+ bail, he is still being held under house arrest. The measure against him was just extended on Friday for another two months.
The Metropolitan’s supporters have repeatedly called for mercy, noting his poor health, but the authorities have ignored their pleas.
Another UOC hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Jonathan of Tulchin, Prayer request: persecuted Ukrainian bishop undergoes heart surgeryHis Eminence Metropolitan Jonathan of Tulchin and Bratslav, a hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church who has been subjected to searches and serious accusations by the Ukrainian Security Services (SBU) lately, underwent an emergency open-heart surgery today.
“>also had to undergo heart surgery in November, amidst the state persecution against him. Ukrainian hierarch sentenced to 5 years in prisonA hierarch of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church has been sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and the confiscation of property for various supposed crimes against the state.”>Earlier this month, he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment with the confiscation of his property.
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