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  • 7 February 2017, 21:55 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Praying for Peace or Condoning a Crime?

    If the priests from St. Petersburg truly wished to pray for peace, wouldn’t it have been more efficient to travel to Moscow and pray for peace before the Kremlin?

  • 2 February 2017, 10:01 | Interview | 

    The Havana Declaration Broke International Silence on the War in Ukraine — Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk)

    An important result of the Havana encounter was that our Church initiated a conversation with the Apostolic See [on these points]. Certainly, even before this event, we always strove to inform the Vatican regarding the truth concerning the war in Ukraine.

  • 10 January 2017, 09:37 | Interview | view photo | 

    2016: religion between politics and geopolitics

    The RISU correspondent spoke with Victor Yelenskyy, the head of the subcommittee on freedom of conscience and church-state relations of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and Spirituality, on major religious events and processes in 2016.

  • 6 January 2017, 22:35 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    A “Uniate-Schismatic” Conspiracy?

    Without autocephaly, unity is forced and false; without a commitment to unity, autocephaly is mere institutional egotism…. [T]he Moscow Patriarchate … honorsneither real unity nor genuine autocephaly.

  • 31 December 2016, 19:28 | Interview | 

    “The problem of UOC is a large-scale Orthodox problem,” Constantin Vetochnikov

  • 27 December 2016, 14:21 | Interview | 

    The See of Kyiv never transferred to Moscow, Constantin Vetochnikov says

    The history of the accession of the Kyiv Metropolis to the Russian Church in 1686 is shrouded in many myths and manipulations.

  • 14 December 2016, 12:55 | Analysis | 

    Who is Mr. Novynskyi for the Ukrainian State and Church?

    So, who is MP Novynskyi, how is he linked with the church and why does he appear in the criminal case on illegal retention of the Secretary of the deceased Head of Church?

  • 1 December 2016, 09:38 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Bishops, Voters, and America’s Orange-Haired Revolution: Thoughts for Ukraine

    If a supposedly advanced democracy like the United States could not field candidates enjoying broad popular support, could it be done in Ukraine’s corrupt and cynical political culture?

  • 23 November 2016, 13:25 | James Siemens' column | 

    A Church on the Ebb

    When I have been to L’viv, for example (and I am well aware that L’viv is not the whole of Ukraine!), I have been overwhelmed with a sense that the Church is alive and active among the people.

  • 18 November 2016, 14:19 | Tetiana Derkach's column | 

    No trifles of oligarchical-hierarchical life

    So, Novinsky has become involved in the extraordinary scandal that Prosecutor General’s Office qualifies as complicity in criminal offense aimed at removing the already late Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Volodymyr from the Metropolitan throne in favor of another hierarch.

  • 6 November 2016, 16:54 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Has the Orthodox “Symphony” Reached its Coda?

    …compared to the modern state and political institutions, religion is better suited to using the new means of instantaneous global communication…

  • 24 October 2016, 13:36 | James Siemens' column

    Church or Ethnic Chaplaincy? The Dangers of Phyletism

    The history of the Ukrainian Church in Wales is of a number of Ukrainian men who took work here after the Second World War, married, and had children.

  • 12 October 2016, 14:51 | Michael Cherenkov's column | 

    Evangelical Protestants of Eurasia: active mission under limited freedom

    At the backdrop of major events and processes in Eurasia’s religious life, the situation of religious minorities seems indicative, perhaps the most vulnerable of them being Protestants.

  • 3 October 2016, 17:32 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    “Holy Wisdom”, the Universe, and the University

    Every true university should offer a coherent, holistic conception of truth.

  • 22 September 2016, 18:28 | James Siemens' column | 

    Act of Communion, Act of Will

    I, myself, am an Orthodox Christian who has chosen to live in communion with Rome. I made this choice because I believe the Roman See to be a mark of unity and safeguard for orthodoxy.

  • 3 September 2016, 18:46 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Equal rites?

    The old conflict between Byzantinists and Occidentalists remains alive. Although it is potentially damaging, it does offer an opportunity to examine issues that the Church must sooner or later confront.

  • 18 August 2016, 10:43 | Interview | view photo | 

    Greek Catholic community in New Zealand: most parishioners are immigrants from eastern Ukraine

    After the Second World War a large number of Ukrainian citizens who had justified fears of the Soviet Union and its regime, were leaving not only for the United States or Canada, but also for New Zealand. Then the Ukrainian community consisted of about three thousand people.

  • 3 August 2016, 13:17 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    1946 Does Not Equal 1596

    Brest represents an important chapter in Ukraine’s European aspirations. The pseudo-synod of L’viv, on the other hand, represents Moscow’s attempt to draw Ukraine back from European civilization.

  • 1 August 2016, 11:47 | Interview | view photo | 

    Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos: “Ukraine is the canonical territory of the Church of Constantinople”

    Archbishop Job (Getcha) of Telmessos, representative of the Patriarch of Constantinople, gave direct answers to direct questions: what will happen to the Churches which did not participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council, what is the destiny of eschatological marginal currents, why the issue of autocephaly was blocked, and if the Orthodox Ukrainians may hope for autocephaly.

  • 8 July 2016, 14:00 | Interview | view photo | 

    Process of live dialogue: Institute for Religious Freedom marks 15 years

    Protecting the human right to freedom of religion is not a common business. It requires constant attention and activity due to various challenges and threats. For 15 consecutive years, the Institute for Religious Freedom has performed an important mission of protecting freedom of conscience and religion in Ukraine and internationally.