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22 March 2017, 14:15 | Ecumenical Patriarchate
A few days after Easter, the Taizé Community will welcome a very special visitor. For the first time, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will visit for a few hours on Tuesday, 25 April. The pilgrimage to Taizé by the Ecumenical Patriarch will conclude his pastoral visit to Switzerland on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Orthodox centre of Chambésy.
Jesuit priest Oleksiy Bredelyev said that their service had been operating in Ukraine since 2008. Nine years ago, they bought a small house on Antonovych street, where a shelter for refugees was arranged. His first visitors were fugitives from Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq. Ukraine is seen as a transit country and is not always found themselves on their own. And after Russia had occupied Crimea and invaded the east of Ukraine, fugitives from these regions joined the number of the shelter’s inhabitants.
22 March 2017, 10:01 | Religious intolerance and vandalism
Unknown destroyed the Jewish cemetery in the village of Berezovka, Odesa region, Utro reports, citing a Facebook page of the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Edward Dolynsky.
21 March 2017, 10:26 | Ukrainians outside of Ukraine
Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, who is on a pastoral visit to the Argentine Republic, visited the Embassy of Ukraine in Argentina on March 18.
20 March 2017, 17:14 | Religion and policy
The occupation authorities in Donetsk delay the process of liberation of the famous Ukrainian academician Igor Kozlovskyy and other hostages. Aid of international organizations is required for their release.
20 March 2017, 09:31 | Ukrainians outside of Ukraine
Head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav is making a pastoral visit to Argentina from March 17 through 28. According to the Information Department of UGCC, within the visit, the patriarch is to call to several communities in different areas of Argentina and Paraguay.
His Holiness, the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus’ - Ukraine of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate Filaret and Archbishop Emeritus of the Greek Catholic Church, Lubomyr Huzar addressed the assembly.
17 March 2017, 10:35 | Religion and society
17 March 2017, 10:26 | International relations
“The Orthodox Church, which was under the aegis of the Russian imperial throne until 1917, was divided. It is not just the division between the Kyiv Patriarchate in the jurisdiction of Moscow and the Kyiv Patriarchate, headed by Patriarch Filaret. There is also the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, and there is the division between Orthodox Churches abroad. The Russian Orthodox Church agreed to restore relations with the Moscow Patriarchate, and some parishes of Russian Orthodox Church abroad were in opposition,” he reminded.
16 March 2017, 10:12 | Ukrainians outside of Ukraine
15 March 2017, 14:56 | Church-state relations
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I prays for the unification of the Ukrainian people in the same Church. The mother Church of Constantinople will help Ukraine to get it, informs Mega News.
15 March 2017, 10:56 | Islam
The leader of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Ukraine “Ummah” Said Ismagilov Mufti criticized the recent EU court ruling entitling European employers to prohibit employees to wear a scarf (in the case of Muslims, it is called hijab) in the workplace.
15 March 2017, 10:42 | Religion and policy
The so-called head of Crimea believes that the president of Russia needs more power. “Why do I say that I am a president’s soldier? Because as long as there is an external enemy, in my opinion, there should be the uniformity of command. I apologize, but the president should have more rights, to the extent of dictatorship,” he said.
14 March 2017, 11:38 | Extraordinary situations
Eight thousand Jews of Donbas out of thirty have moved to permanent residence in Israel since 2014. This was reported on Radio "Donbas.Realiyi" by Chief Rabbi of Donbass and a community of IDPs Pinchas Vyshedski.
14 March 2017, 09:39 | Inter-Orthodox relations
The main objective of the ROC is not to aggravate the situation but keep the UOC (MP) under its control. This opinion was expressed by a sociologist of religion, author of the book titled “Russian Orthodox Church. Status and Problems” Mykola Mytrokhin on Radio Krym.Realiyi.
13 March 2017, 14:22 | Religion and society
According to the press secretary of the Initiative “Pope for Ukraine” Olena Kulygina, humanitarian aid had reached almost all the towns along the demarcation line in Donbas. The total number of persons covered by the assistance is nearly 200 thousand people.
10 March 2017, 10:07 | International relations
The hierarch met in European Parliament with a number of parliamentarians representing different parties and parliamentary factions (the European People's Party, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, the Greens). Among others, he met with Lithuanian MP Petras Auštrevičius, who leads the inter-factional group “Friends of Ukraine.”
10 March 2017, 09:48 | Charity, social service
Caritas Ivano-Frankivsk has officially handed over the equipment to 16 participants in the project “Integration and stabilization support by providing livelihood to IDPs and the population affected by the conflict in Ukraine”, which is implemented in the Ivano-Frankivsk region by the Charitable Foundation "Caritas Ivano-Frankivsk UGCC.”
9 March 2017, 10:37 | Church and ecology
Bishop Milan (Shashik) of the Diocese of Mukachevo, UGCC, and Bishop Antal Maynek of the diocese of Mukachevo, RCC in Ukraine, appealed to the faithful asking them not to pluck primroses and not buy them from poachers. According to them, tearing the flowers, the people thus are causing irreparable environmental damage.
9 March 2017, 10:16 | World news
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva called on participants to recognize religious freedom as a fundamental human right.