UKRAINE: In Kiev, protests bring Orthodox priests to pray on the frontline despite Government warnings

26 01 2014

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We believe all those priests pictured below deserve Nobel Peace Prize for their actions during the recent, still ongoing, conflicts between protesters and police. CERFI is inviting all individuals and organizations to qualified to nominate Peace Prize candidates, to officially nominate Ukrainian priests for Nobel Peace Prize for 2014.

Jura Nanuk, 
CERFI Founder & President

Related post: APPEAL of the Ukrainian churches and religious organizations on the occasion of the foreign aggression
  

Two months into an uprising that has claimed at least two lives and brought thousands to the streets, Ukraine’s political crisis still seems far from any resolution. President Yanukovych has refused to declare a state of emergency, though by all accounts theprotests are escalating.

Amidst burned buses, tear gas and barricades, however, there is another sight that stands out on the frontline: The strong numbers of Orthodox priests who have turned out, not to protest, but rather to pray.

Earlier this month, Ukraine’s government threatened to ban prayer services at the protests, but even that didn’t keep the priests from showing up with their robes and crosses and holy books.

As one priest said about the proposed ban, “It is illegal. It is immoral. Nobody can forbid people to pray.”

Here are some amazing photos of these brave priests on the frontline:

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Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

A priest holds an icon at a barricade of the anti-government demonstrators in the center of Kiev early on January 24, 2014. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

A priest holds an icon at a barricade of the anti-government demonstrators in the center of Kiev early on January 24, 2014. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Priests of different faiths pray during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Priests of different faiths pray during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

An Orthodox priest prays in front police officers as they block a street after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

An Orthodox priest prays in front police officers as they block a street after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-European Union activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

An Orthodox priest prays in front of police officers as they block a street after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

An Orthodox priest prays in front of police officers as they block a street after clashes in central Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

An Orthodox priest holds a cross in front of riot policemen standing guard in front of the parliament's building in Kiev on January 14, 2014, as Ukrainian veterans and invalids of Chernobyl's nuclear disaster try to give their demandings to the parliamentary leadership. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

An Orthodox priest holds a cross in front of riot policemen standing guard in front of the parliament’s building in Kiev on January 14, 2014, as Ukrainian veterans and invalids of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster try to give their demandings to the parliamentary leadership. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Ukrainian priest/monks from Kiev stood between protesters and soldiers last week, refusing to take sides and preserving peace. It is one of many such encounters between what The Guardian called “steel-nerved priests” and increasingly violent people on both sides. Photo source: Unknown; via Twitter.

Three Ukrainian priest/monks from Kiev stood between protesters and soldiers last week, refusing to take sides and preserving peace. It is one of many such encounters between what The Guardian called “steel-nerved priests” and increasingly violent people on both sides. Photo source: Unknown; via Twitter.

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Source unknown.

Jan. 22, 2014 – An Orthodox priest tries to stop a clash between protesters and the police in the center of Kiev, Ukraine. Anti-government street protests in Kiev turned deadly overnight, as opposition organizers announced that three demonstrators had been killed, one from a fall and two shot by police. Sergei Supinsky / AFP/Getty Images

Jan. 22, 2014 – An Orthodox priest tries to stop a clash between protesters and the police in the center of Kiev, Ukraine. Anti-government street protests in Kiev turned deadly overnight, as opposition organizers announced that three demonstrators had been killed, one from a fall and two shot by police.
Sergei Supinsky / AFP/Getty Images

Orthodox priests have been urging security forces to refrain from using violence. Getty Images.

Orthodox priests have been urging security forces to refrain from using violence. Getty Images.


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3 03 2014
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