By Gina Christian, Dec. 7, 2023, OSV News
The report was posted on the Northwest Catholic website.
“Russian occupation authorities have banned the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church [UGCC] and other Catholic ministries in occupied areas of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, according to the church’s main communications office in Kyiv.
“The UGCC announced on its website Dec. 7 that it had obtained a copy of an order signed by Yevgeny Balitsky, the Kremlin-installed head of the area’s military-civil administration, declaring that the UGCC had been banned and its property was to be transferred to his administration.
“Also banned by the order were the Knights of Columbus and Caritas, the official humanitarian arm of the universal Catholic Church….”
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Zaporizhia, a city on the Dnieper River, is about 300 miles from the Black Sea.
The industrial and agricultural region and its coastline are under occupation.
The capital and most people remain under Ukrainian administration.