• 28 May 2017, 01:01 | UOC (MP)

    UOC (MP) opens a Representative Office in the EU

    In Kharkiv, on May 27 the Holy Synod of the UOC (MP) held a session. The Synod took place in the premises where 25 years ago the Kharkiv Council of Bishops was held.

  • 22 May 2017, 11:12 | Social questioning

    The number of supporters of the UOC (MP) is constantly decreasing - expert

    After the war the number of people who claimed affiliation with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) has gradually and constantly decreased.

  • 18 May 2017, 19:11 | Legislation

    Parliament fails to consider church-related bills

    Parliament of Ukraine has not started discussing the sensational religious laws, the MPs simply could not get round to them. Today the MPs discussed medical and agricultural issues. A package of documents on culture and spirituality was at the end of the list.

  • 18 May 2017, 11:13 | Protests and conflicts | view photo

    UOC (MP) gathers protesters at the Parliament

    Today, May 18, representatives of the UOC (MP) took to the Parliament to oppose changes to religious law. The protesters called them “anti-church laws.”In particular, Bill No 4128 (the procedure for jurisdiction change) and No. 4511 (on a special status for denominations whose centers are located in Russia).

  • 16 May 2017, 11:16 | Legislation

    UOC (MP) is preparing a protest rally throughout Ukraine

    The faithful of the UOC (MP) across Ukraine are protesting against the adoption by Ukrainian Parliament of Bills 4128 and 4511 scheduled for May 18. This was reported by the Information and Education Department of the UOC (MP), having received information from press services of their dioceses.

  • 14 May 2017, 13:34 | UOC KP

    Synod of the UOC-KP establishes Russian Exarchate

    Metropolitan Ioasaf (Shibaev) of Belgorod and Oboyan was appointed the ruling bishop of the Russian Exarchate, according to the official website of the UOC-KP.

  • 14 May 2017, 12:34 | Ukrainians outside of Ukraine

    UOC KP establishes European Exarchates

    According to the website, as of May 13, 2017 the UOC-KP in Europe incorporates 44 parishes: Netherlands – 2 parishes, Hungary – 1, Italy - 8 France – 6, Sweden - 5, Germany - 6, Spain - 3, Portugal - 5, Czech Republic - 1, United Kingdom - 1 Lithuania - 1 Finland - 1 Austria - 1 Slovenia - 1, Greece - 1 Switzerland - 1.

  • 3 May 2017, 09:53 | Church-state relations

    Russian Orthodox Church supports ban on Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia

    Metropolitan Hilarion welcomed this court ruling and suggested that the "pernicious and harmful" influence of Jehovah's Witnesses would now start to decline. The Russian Orthodox Church did not take part in proceedings and was not asked for advice, he said.

  • 2 May 2017, 09:37 | Faith and weapon

    Patriarch Filaret awarded military doctors

    On April 28, 2017 at his residence, Patriarch Filaret of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine met with the Head of the National Military Medical Clinical Center “Main Military Clinical Hospital” Major General of Medical Service Anatoliy Kazmirchuk, according to the Information Center of the Kyiv Patriarchate.

  • 28 April 2017, 12:24 | World news

    Ecumenical Patriarch speaks on role of religion in world peace

    Protecting human freedom and dignity is a vital contribution to peace-building by religious communities, said Ecumenical Patriarch His All-Holiness Bartholomew I as he spoke at the Al-Azhar International Peace Conference on 27-28 April in Egypt.

  • 24 April 2017, 09:41 | National religious question | view photo

    Wall of remembrance for those fallen for Ukraine inaugurated in Kyiv

    On April 23, 2017, the governor of St Michael’s Monastery, Archbishop Agapit (Humenyuk) celebrated All-Ukrainian prayer service for the fallen defenders and performed the rite of blessing at the Wall of Remembrance for those fallen for Ukraine in 2014-2017, which is placed on the walls of St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery of Kyiv.

  • 23 April 2017, 08:53 | World news

    Patriarch Bartholomew will be in Egypt with Pope Francis

    The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will be in Cairo on April 28 and 29, upon invitation of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Mosque, Cheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, during the same days of Pope Francis' visits.

  • 21 April 2017, 11:50 | Religion and policy

    Archbishop of UOC-KP strongly condemns Russia for banning Jehovah's Witnesses

    Head of Chernihiv Diocese of the UOC-KP Archbishop Yevstratii (Zorya) commented on banning Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia. Archbishop says that one might disagree the dogmatic teaching of “witnesses” but hanging a label “extremists” as it did in Russia, is unacceptable. Archbishop of Chernihiv said on his Facebook page.

  • 19 April 2017, 09:32 | Orthodox world

    Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine wishes Ukrainians to never give up hope

    Patriarch Theophilus III also gave the example of the possibility to build a dialogue even in seemingly desperate situations.

  • 12 April 2017, 10:49 | Religious holidays and traditions

    Heads of Ukrainian Churches offer Easter greetings

    On the eve of the Resurrection, the leaders of Ukrainian churches appealed to the faithful and clergy with messages dedicated to this feast of light.

  • 6 April 2017, 10:03 | Interchurch relations

    The Council of Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC (renewed) officially confirmed to the Vatican its intend to integrate with the UGCC

    On April 5, 2017, exactly a quarter century after the first Council of the renewed Kharkiv-Poltava Eparchy of UAOC, the 27th Council was held in St. Demetrius Church of Kharkiv. The Council was attended by 32 delegates (12 priests and 20 lay people). Head of the UGCC, Patriarch Sviatoslav was attending and participated in the discussion.

  • 3 April 2017, 09:44 | National religious question | view photo | view video

    Prayer service for peace in Ukraine held at Sofia square in Kyiv. And in many Ukrainian cities

  • 29 March 2017, 16:20 | Temples, church property

    Armenian Church to be built in Lutsk

    The church will bear the name “Surb Sarhis” in honor of the young commander, Sarhis, who was martyred for the Christian faith in 363. According to Nshan Antonyan, it will be built at the expense of the community and sponsors, in particular, “Union of Armenians of Ukraine” is ready to help.

  • 24 March 2017, 12:00 | Religion and policy

    ‘One may not betray Russia’: Voronenkov’s murder is God’s intervention, according to ROC priest

    Former State Duma deputy Denis Voronenkov was shot dead in the center of Kyiv on March 23. Unknown opened fire when Voronenkov came out from the hotel together with his security guard.

  • 23 March 2017, 12:00 | World news

    Bishop of the Russian Church compares Russia airbase in Syria to a monastery

    "The situation is interesting in spiritual sense, it reminds of a big convent without Internet, television and almost without a telephone. All servicemen are involved in sport activities, they have a great demand in reading," the hierarch said in his interview with the Pobeda radio.