Religion and policy

  • 25 July 2012, 12:31 | Religion and policy | 

    Patriarch Kirill Not To Meet With President Yanukovych

    Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, who is expected to come to Kyiv for the celebration of the 1024th anniversary of the baptism of Rus-Ukraine, will not meet with President Viktor Yanukovych.

  • 9 July 2012, 09:48 | Religion and policy | 

    Patriarch Filaret Supports Political Force of V.Yushchenko

    Patriarch Filaret gives his blessing to support the political force of Viktor Yushchenko. So reported the senior priest of the Cathedral of St. Volodymyr of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP).

  • 28 May 2012, 09:42 | AUCCRO, inter-confessional councils | 

    Religious Leaders Call Parliament Not To Use Language Question for Political Manipulation

    The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (AUCCRO) called the Ukrainian deputies not to submit for the Parliament’s consideration bills “which harm the normal constitutional functioning of the Ukrainian language.”

  • 14 May 2012, 08:59 | Religion and policy | 

    Clergymen Participate in Forum of United Opposition in Kyiv

    The Ukrainian opposition leaders held a national forum in St. Michael’s Square in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral.

  • 8 May 2012, 12:00 | Religion and policy | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav: UGCC Not to Allow Its Priests to Participate in Election Campaign

    At their last Synod, the Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) prepared an address to the voters to be published before the parliamentary election next autumn, Patriarch Sviatoslav of the UGCC stated during his visit to Ivano-Frankivsk Region on May 6.

  • 1 May 2012, 07:12 | Religion and policy | 

    Senior Priest of Cathedral of St. Volodymyr of Kyivan Patriarchate Asks Tymoshenko to Stop Hunger Strike

    The Senior Priest of the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Volodymyr in Kyiv, Protopriest Borys Tabachek, addressed Yulia Tymoshenko with a request to stop the hunger strike and find other ways of protest.

  • 20 April 2012, 13:19 | Religion and policy | 

    Experts: Religious Policy of Yanukovych Has Been Changed

    Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has reviewed previous views on church-state relations and has returned to the policy pursued by his predecessors. This opinion was expressed by experts.

  • 16 April 2012, 10:03 | Religion and policy | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav: One Should Not Sell One's Vote During Election

    Before the next parliamentary elections, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will address the believers with a call not to sell their votes in favour of any candidate or party but to make a conscious choice for the sake of implementation of the Christian values.

  • 13 April 2012, 15:39 | Religion and policy | 

    First Easter Service in Ukraine to Be Broadcast from Moscow

    For the first time in the history of independent Ukraine, the Ukrainian state television will broadcast a service from the Moscow Church of Christ the Saviour for an hour.

  • 10 April 2012, 21:07 | Church-state relations | 

    President Explains Why Tymoshenko Cannot Be Pardoned Now

    According Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk), Viktor Yanukovych told the hierarchs that their request to pardon Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Lutsenko may be granted only upon the completion of all the trials.

  • 10 April 2012, 09:23 | Church-state relations | 

    President Invites Heads of Churches to Talk About Tymoshenko

    Ukraine’s president invited the heads of the Ukrainian Churches who signed the address requesting to release the ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to meet with him.

  • 3 April 2012, 16:03 | Religion and policy | 

    Heads of Ukrainian Churches Ask President Yanukovych to Release Tymoshenko

    The heads of the Ukrainian Churches addressed President Viktor Yanukovych with a request to release the leader of the opposition, ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

  • 29 March 2012, 11:18 | Religion and policy | 

    Deputy Kolesnichenko Compelled to Revoke His Vote in Support of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj

    Under public pressure, a Ukrainian Deputy representing the Party of Regions, Vadim Kolesnichenko, sent the Speaker of the Parliament an address revoking his vote for the celebration of the 120th anniversary of birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj.

  • 22 March 2012, 16:11 | Church-state relations | 

    Patriarch Josyf Slipyj to Be Honoured at State Level

    On March 22, the Supreme Council of Ukraine passed a resolution to mark the 120th anniversary of the birth of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj.

  • 20 March 2012, 11:34 | Scandals, crime | 

    Suspended Prison Sentence Passed Upon Separatist Priest Dymytrii Sydor

    The head of the “Soim of the Carpathian Rusyns,” a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, Dymytrii Sydor was sentenced to three years of imprisonment with a respite of two years for the encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

  • 20 March 2012, 10:21 | Religion and policy | 

    Politicians Ask Azarov How Embassy of God Pastors Can Be Active Members of Young Regions

    One of the leaders of the Motherland party, Mykola Tomenko, and a Ukrainian deputy, Andrii Shkil, sent an address to the head of the Party of the Regions, Mykola Azarov, with a request to explain the position of the party on the membership and activity in the public organization Young Regions of the pastors of the Embassy of God

  • 22 February 2012, 09:58 | Religion and policy | 

    Expert Comments on Actions of Synod of UOC-MP

    Volodymyr Fesenko, the director of the Penta Center for Applied Political Studies, candidate of Philosophical Sciences, commented on the resonant rotations carried out by the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

  • 13 February 2012, 14:37 | Land and property problems | 

    Ex-Head of Security Service of Ukraine Calls on UNESCO to Protect Pochayiv Monastery

    Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, a public and political figure, ex-head of the Security Services of Ukraine, forwarded an address to Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova with a request to help prevent the exclusion of the Pochayiv Monastery in Ternopil Oblast from the list of buildings which are not subject to privatization and to include the monastery on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

  • 2 February 2012, 14:51 | Restoration, maintainance of cultural inheritance | 

    Politician Compares Dismissal of Museum Directors to Purges of 1917

    UNP [Ukrainian People’s Party] prepares an address to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and intends to conduct consultations with the Parliamentary factions as to establishing of a temporary investigation committee of the Supreme Council to investigate the reasons of the dismissal of the directors of 5 most outstanding Ukrainian museums.

  • 18 January 2012, 09:45 | Religion and policy | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav: UGCC Will Not Support Anyone During Elections

    During a visit to the eastern Ukrainian city of Cherkasy, Patriarch Sviatoslav stated that the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is taking measures so that the church is not used by any political party for political purpses.