All Roman Catholic priests and nuns who are still in Crimea working with local religious communities have been told they must leave the region by the end of 2014, states a report at Forum 18 News Service.
According to the report, the Russian government, which annexed Crimea in March, “has refused to extend residence permits for foreign citizens who have been working for local religious communities in Crimea for some years.”
New legislation signed by President Vladimir Putin requires even religious groups to align their internal statutes with Russian law in order to be registered.
As Forum 18 reports, Crimea’s Justice Ministry confirmed that “no religious communities have registration in Crimea and all the applications for registration under Russian law have been rejected so far.”
The Catholic Herald observed in April that Bishop Bohdan Dzyurakh of the Greek Catholic community and secretary-general of the Ukrainian Catholic Synod of Bishops…
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