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  • 16 April 2019, 14:46 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    Religious leaders and human rights activists of Ukraine to cooperate for religious freedom protection

    The first session of the Roundtable on Religious Freedom in Ukraine was held recently, which is set to become a platform for dialogue between representatives of civil society, primarily between religious and human rights organizations, as well as with the participation of academic institutions and government officials.

  • 15 April 2019, 15:35 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    Russian law enforecement in Crimea search mosque, house of imam

    Russian security forces conducted a search on April 15 in a mosque in the village of Shturmove in the city of Sevastopol. After "investigative measures” they went to the house of the imam of the mosque, Rustem Abilev. Russian mass media are working on site. This is reported by Crimean Solidarity, according to KTRC.

  • 14 April 2019, 10:44 | Children young people and religion | 

    Let nobody ridicule Ukraine: Patriarch of UGCC appeals to youth

    Patriarch Svyatoslav (Shevchuk) of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church urged young people to participate in the presidential elections in Ukraine, since the country's destiny for decades to come -- and perhaps even its further existence -- will depend on their results.

  • 12 April 2019, 09:05 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    Moscow Snuffs Out Religious Liberty in Eastern Ukraine

    No surprise, the Soviet Union was one of the great religious persecutors. There is nothing more fearsome to totalitarian dictatorships than being challenged by those claiming loyalty to a transcendent realm that lies well beyond the political one.

  • 11 April 2019, 13:55 | Religion and policy | 

    Primate of OCU: We are grateful to Poroshenko for Tomos but do not campaign for anyone

    Metropolitan Epifaniy of the OCU recognizes that the current President has done a lot to get autocephaly. However, the Church does not campaign for any of the candidates and reserves the right of the faithful to vote as they wish.

  • 10 April 2019, 10:07 | Religion and policy | 

    Chief Rabbi of Ukraine requests to extend voting duration on April 21

    On April 9, the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Kyiv, Moshe Reuven Asman, appealed to the Central Election Commission requesting to extend the work of some polling stations on the day of the second round of presidential elections in Ukraine in connection with the holiday of Pesah.

  • 9 April 2019, 13:58 | Religion and society | 

    UGCC Metropolitan of Ivano-Frankivsk: We need to pray so that we are not ashamed of the future

    During a meeting with Precarpathian journalists, Metropolitan Volodymyr (Viytyshyn) voiced his opinion about the second round of the presidential elections.

  • 9 April 2019, 12:09 | Religion and society | 

    Primate of OCU thanks NBU Chairman for coins commemorating Tomos

    Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine expressed gratitude to the National Bank of Ukraine for enshrining the memory of the historical event of the life of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with a recent coin minting. The first hierarch said this during a meeting with the Chairman of the NBU Yakiv Smoliy on April 8, the official site of the OCU says.

  • 8 April 2019, 09:59 | Religion and policy | 

    We assess real actions: Metropolitan Epifaniy comments on Zelenskiy’s statement supporting OCU

    Recently, Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his team have spoken in support of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the historicity of the provision of the Tomos.

  • 7 April 2019, 09:37 | Religion and society | 

    It's important for Ukrainians to tell virtual from real, Head of UGCC comments on the second round of elections

    On these days, between the two rounds of the presidential elections, it is very important for the voters to distinguish the truth from fake, virtual from real, false from real things.

  • 4 April 2019, 11:45 | Scandals, crime | 

    SBU detain men who desecrated church by order from Russians

    SBU officers have identified the perpetrators who defiled the facade of the Church of the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius and the Martyr Nestor of Thessalonians in Lutsk, following an order from Russians.

  • 4 April 2019, 10:54 | Conferences, seminars, researches | 

    Scholars and clergy to hold colloquium on the concept of Sophianism of Kyivan Church

    On April 5, a colloquium devoted to the concept of Sophianism was held with the participation of the St Sofia of Kyiv National Reserve, Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic University, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church's Interreligious and Interfaith Relations Commission.

  • 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.