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The Greek Catholic Church in Donbas has found herself in a difficult position. Local separatists consider it hostile. In the 90-ties, the western Ukrainians persecuted in times of the Soviet Union constituted the backbone of the Greek Catholic communities. Those who moved there as a result of ‘Operation Vistula’, or those who were forbidden to return home after the Soviet camps.
29 April 2014, 12:15 | Open theme |
These past few months, as I experienced a revolution and war for Ukraine’s freedom and integrity, I have often thought of my ancestors and how they must have felt during WWII (and earlier liberation movements) and the partisan struggle to liberate Ukraine from totalitarian powers.
22 April 2014, 10:50 | Open theme |
In the context of the next wave of separatism in Donbas, some events concerning Crimea have occurred without much notice. Actually, some analysts believe that Russia has provoked the situation in eastern Ukraine specifically to draw attention away not only from the occupation of Crimea, but also from the huge economic and social problems, which have emerged on the peninsula.
18 April 2014, 14:11 | Open theme |
It always bears repeating that Metropolitan Hilarion is not speaking objectively, or in a spirit of dialogue.
25 March 2014, 13:02 | Open theme |
The sociopolitical events in Ukraine are having practical consequences not only in politics but also in the spiritual realm. In particular, a very strange relationship has developed between Russian Protestants and their Ukrainian brothers.
19 April 2013, 11:20 | Open theme |
It is already the fifth time when the faithful and the Prior Fr.Fransisk Botvina OFM are trying to build the House of God in this city area called Obolon’, which is best known for production of alcohol.
30 January 2013, 16:15 | Open theme |
The trial of three young men charged with planting a bomb in a Zaporizhya Church on 28 July 2010 which killed an elderly nun continues to warrant deepest concern. While the prosecutions of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko have received wide coverage, the fate of the three men is seldom mentioned outside Zaporizhya.
14 November 2012, 14:54 | Open theme |
The entire discussion could be approached from two different perspectives. From one perspective, it is an anthropological component of human will and drive for self-identification that is being defined in a democratic society as freedom. The other perspective consists of the parameters of our expressions: what is permissible or not in a civilized society when expressing your own point of view.
28 October 2011, 16:52 | Open theme |
Ukraine is a secular state, and our Constitution clearly says this. But not everybody agrees. Thus, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchy initiates the introduction of orthodox projects into school agenda and opening of Ukrainian Orthodox University of Saint Volodymyr.
17 October 2011, 08:33 | Open theme |
Today the Christians of Ukraine face two objective challenges. First, spiritual revival is required as a way out of the regional crisis of the church and social institutes that started already yesterday. Second, one has to find new forms of Christianization of the world as a way out of the global world outlook crisis referred to as postmodern ideology.
28 September 2011, 11:24 | Open theme |
The article “Goodbye, Golden Rose” published by Tom Cross in The Guardian, 2 September on the old synagogue in Lviv, Ukraine, has numerous errors. Some of them were noted by those who responded online. Here I want to draw attention to other mistakes and serious misinterpretations, which, to me, grossly distort the issue under discussion.
13 September 2011, 16:25 | Open theme |
In his commentary to Reuters, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfyeyev) once again reminded about the conflict between Greek Catholics and Orthodox in western Ukraine in the early 90s. As in previous years, this conflict is considered as the main reason it is impossible for a meeting to be held between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Benedict XVI.
2 Jule 2011, 19:55 | Open theme |
Incompetence and corruption of authorities forces Ukrainian Christians to fight at the grassroots level against omnipotent crime
19 January 2011, 00:01 | Open theme |
I decided to speak for myself, and name a few things that both Evangelical and Orthodox Christians in Ukraine have in common
23 December 2010, 12:40 | Open theme |
Understandable concern has been expressed over the recent Presidential Decree dissolving the State Committee on Nationalities and Religion. Lack of any prior consultation is disturbing, as is also the likelihood of hasty and ill-advised amendments to legislation on freedom of conscience. Calls to retain a single authority seem more than justified.
3 December 2010, 12:04 | Open theme |