Community

  • 4 April 2019, 10:10 | Religion and policy | 

    Occupiers want to set up ‘rehabilitation center’ for Hizb ut-Tahrir Crimean Muslims

    The Kremlin-controlled authorities of the annexed Crimea plan to open a “rehabilitation center” for supporters of the Islamic party Hizb ut-Tahrir.

  • 3 April 2019, 12:26 | Religion and society | 

    Lviv residents restore cross destructed by vandals last winter

    Thanks to local Lviv parishioners of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, a cross destroyed by vandals last January was put on Sunday, March 31, on the Mount Baba-ros in the area of ​​Znesinnya. This is reported by the Department of Information of the UGCC.

  • 3 April 2019, 11:44 | Religion and society | 

    UGCC Patriarch: Church must form social values, not get involved in politics

    The Church should provide society only with a certain value foundation, but it should not engage in politics. Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Svyatoslav (Shevchuk), said this in an interview with Ukrinform. “We always understood society, first of all, as a highly important civic organism,” said the hierarch.

  • 3 April 2019, 10:25 | Religion and policy | 

    ROC advises UOC-MP clergymen to get deal with Zelenskiy the earliest

    Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine need to negotiate with the potential winner of the presidential elections in Ukraine, showman Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said it in his telegram channel Orthodox Politics, according to the Obozrevatel.

  • 2 April 2019, 10:16 | Religion and policy | 

    Moscow Patriarchate impedes free decision-making of communities, OCU Archbishop says at OSCE meeting

    During an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe meeting on April 1, Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya), an Orthodox Church of Ukraine representative at the European institutions, said that the Moscow Patriarchate is exerting informational and legal pressure to impede the free choice of denominations by Ukrainians. The hierarch wrote this on his Facebook page.

  • 1 April 2019, 12:04 | Faith and weapon | 

    They did not call Ukraine a “prostitute”, famous chaplain addresses Ukrainians

    A video appeal by chaplain Fr. Dmytro Povorotnyy (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) to all Ukrainians was published on Facebook.

  • 29 March 2019, 12:40 | Land and property problems | 

    Occupation authorities of Crimea to take OCU to court

    The Russian authorities in Crimea filed a lawsuit with the requirement to vacate the building in the center of Simferopol, which is now held by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU). The Minister of Land and Property Relations of Crimea, Anna Aniukhina, told the Russian news agency TASS that the OCU failed to re-register the necessary documents and “is out of the legal framework”, Krym.Realii report.

  • 29 March 2019, 09:59 | Temples, church property | 

    A building for FSB officers to be built in Simferopol on OCU cathedral allocated plot

    No church of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine will remain in Simferopol, in the occupied Crimea. Instead of the church, the occupiers started building on the plot housing units for Russian FSB employees. A cathedral may further be built nearby, but the one of the Russsian Orthodox Church, according to Fakty.

  • 28 March 2019, 11:06 | Religion and policy | 

    Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine: Russia wants to intervene in election through “Orthodox pilgrims”

    At the end of April, Russia plans to organize a pilgrimage of Orthodox Russians to Kyiv shrines, and, under the guise of pilgrims, it will send employees of special services and instigators. Espresso media outlet reported this referring to the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine.

  • 28 March 2019, 10:53 | Religious intolerance and vandalism | 

    Occupiers seize only church belonging to OCU in Simferopol

    On March 27, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Crimea suffered a new encroachment on freedom of religion by the occupation authorities. Archbishop Yevstratiy (Zorya) of Nizhyn and Chernihiv wrote this on his Facebook page, according to Priamyy.

  • 28 March 2019, 10:01 | Religion and policy | 

    OCU opponents do work paid for by Kremlin, religious expert comments on law suit against Tomos

    Opponents of the Tomos of autocephaly to Ukraine are not so much willing to abolish the creation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but to do the work Kremlin had paid them for. This was stated by the religious expert Dmytro Horevoy, live on Pryamyy TV Channel.

  • 27 March 2019, 15:00 | Religious intolerance and vandalism | 

    Occupiers in Crimea held mass raids as part of Hizb ut-Tahrir case

    The employees of the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and Rosgvardiya raided at least 25 houses of the Crimean Tatars in the annexed Crimea on March 27 as part of criminal cases against several Crimean residents suspected of participating in the activities of the Islamic political party Hizb ut-Tahrir in Russia.

  • 26 March 2019, 09:56 | Church-state relations | 

    Poroshenko transfers to UGCC monastery complex in Ternopil

    President Petro Poroshenko handed over to the Ternopil-Zboriv Archeparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church a certificate for a complex of cells of the Monastery of the Dominican Fathers which was nationalized by the communist authorities.

  • 25 March 2019, 09:10 | Religion and society | 

    Tomos copy to be delivered to Ukrainian polar station in Antarctica

    Participants of the Ukrainian expedition in Antarctica will hand over a copy of Tomos which will be stored at the Academic Vernadsky polar station.

  • 22 March 2019, 14:05 | Religion and policy | 

    Never vote Against, Patriarch of UGCC about presidential elections

    Patriarch Svyatoslav (Shevchuk) of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church urges Ukrainians to take part in the presidential elections, and no matter what avoid casting their vote for populists.

  • 22 March 2019, 12:38 | Church-state relations | 

    President appealed to the Nationwide Council of Churches to call for the elections without violence

    "Ukraine entered the election period. Elections are a test for the state, for democracy, a test for unity of any society. And especially for a society that is in a state of war. There are Russian divisions at the border ready to invade," President Petro Poroshenko said in a meeting with members of the Nationwide Council of Churches and Religious Organizations.

  • 22 March 2019, 09:56 | Religion and policy | 

    Heads of Protestant Churches appeal to Ukrainians in the run up to presidenatial elections

    Leaders of the Protestant Churches of Ukraine urged Ukrainians to take an active part in the presidential elections. This is stated in their appeal. We bring to your notice the full text of the document:

  • 21 March 2019, 12:20 | Religion and society | 

    Thanks to Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine received Tomos of autocephaly, Primate of the OCU says

    The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine said this on March 20, during a meeting with the leadership and representatives of the Academy of Sciences Minor of Ukraine, according to the OCU website.

  • 21 March 2019, 09:57 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    Russian law-enforcement in Crimea search members of Jehovah's Witnesses that is banned in Russia

    The searches were conducted from 7:00 in the morning in the houses of seven Crimea residents in Yalta, Hurzuf, and other settlements. As the representative of the Center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Ukraine, Ivan Riger, said, “the searches were conducted in the homes of a father of two young children, a doctor and average working people.” This is reported by Krym.Realii.

  • 19 March 2019, 10:31 | Terrorism | 

    AUCCRO condemns terrorist attack in New Zealand

    Ukrainian religious leaders condemn any acts of violence on the grounds of religious hatred or other motives in whatever place and under whatever slogans they are committed.