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  • 21 June 2018, 19:39 | Orthodox world | 

    Georgian Church Synod member: I support the Ukrainian autocephaly

    A member of the Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Petre of Chkondidi, spoke in support of the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, Russian newspaper "Vzglyad" reports citing the Georgian television channel "Rustavi-2".

  • 20 June 2018, 18:44 | International relations | 

    Bulgarian Patriarch did not oppose Ukrainian autocephaly, - Ukrainian presidential administration

    “Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte did not oppose the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine,” Rostyslav Pavlenko, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine, said in an exclusive comment to the RISU journalist. This is his commentary on the information published by the UNIAN Religion news agency on its website on June 20, 2018. The agency actually attributed to the Patriarch Neophyte a stance he did not express. Journalists interpreted the words about the need to act according to the canons as the rejection of autocephaly, which is not one and the same thing.

  • 20 June 2018, 13:54 | Scandals, crime | 

    Danger of Dognal Sect Returning to Ukraine

    The Dognal group,known as “Ukrainian True-Believing Greek-Catholic Church” is an unregistered sect that pretends to be the official and true Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church. It is actually a sect controlled by an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest, Antonin Dognal, self-proclaimed patriarch and citizen of Czech Republic.

  • 20 June 2018, 10:23 | Religion and culture | 

    Unique bells found in Ivano-Frankivsk region

    In the village of Studinka, Kalush district, in the bell tower there are one active and one inactive bell manufactured by the world-famous craftsmen Falchinsky and Serafin. Local historians Vasyl Fitsak and Oleksandr Koval have found and identified them. The first is also a mountain rescuer and works in the area of Pip Ivan mountain, the second is a participant in the combat actions in eastern Ukraine.

  • 20 June 2018, 09:40 | Church-state relations | 

    Klimkin and Patriarch Theophilus III discuss future of the Local Church in Ukraine

    Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin during a meeting with the Patriarch Jerusalem Theophilus III discussed the future of the Ukrainian Local Church.

  • 19 June 2018, 15:31 | Ukrainians outside of Ukraine | 

    UGCC develops new centers in the USA

    The Council, led by Bishop Bohdan (Danyla), ordinary bishop of Saint Josaphat Eparchy in Parma of the UGCC, focused on the renewal of parishes and the creation of new missions in those parts of the diocese, where the UGCC still has no structures.

  • 19 June 2018, 13:27 | Restoration, maintainance of cultural inheritance | 

    Parliament intensifies protection of UNESCO sites

    The Verkhovna Rada has passed in the second reading the overall draft law on amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Protection of the Cultural Heritage” (concerning the preservation of cultural heritage sites listed in the United Nations World Heritage List on Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

  • 19 June 2018, 11:30 | Orthodox world | 

    Pilgrims of the UOC-KP were advised by the Patriarch of Jerusalem on their actions after bestowal of the Tomos

    Pilgrims asked Patriarch Theophilus to sincerely pray for Ukraine, to support the efforts and prayers of Ukrainians for peace and provide independence to the local Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

  • 19 June 2018, 09:56 | Church-state relations | 

    During his visit to Israel Ukrainian external affairs minister meets Patriarch Theophilos III

    On June 18-19, 2018 in Jerusalem, the Eleventh Session of the Joint Ukrainian - Israeli Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation is held under the со-chairmanship of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.

  • 18 June 2018, 18:35 | Catholic world

    21st Meeting of Eastern Catholic Bishops of Europe took place in Lungro (Italy)

  • 18 June 2018, 13:44 | National religious question | 

    Memorial to four church ministers killed by the DNR militants unveiled in Slovyansk

    In Slovyansk, Donetsk region, a memorial was opened to commemorate the four servants of the local Protestant church “Transfiguration of the Lord”, whom the Russian mercenaries had abducted, tortured and killed four years ago.

  • 18 June 2018, 13:18 | Restoration, maintainance of cultural inheritance | 

    One of the largest synagogues in Europe opens in Drohobych

    On June 17, the restored choral synagogue, built in the middle of the XIX century, was opened in the city of Drohobych (Lviv region), the event was attended by city residents. Drohobych Choral Synagogue is one of the largest in Eastern Europe.

  • 17 June 2018, 11:51 | Orthodox world | 

    Two Metropolites of Ecumenical Patriarchate come to Georgia for talks on Ukraine

    On June 16, a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate visited Patriarch of Georgia, Ilia II, Georgia Online reports.

  • 15 June 2018, 17:28 | Ecumenical Patriarchate | 

    Ecumenical Patriarch: Our duty is to bring Ukraine and Skopje back to the truth and canonicity of the Church

    ''The existence of a schism is not an argument in favor of leaving a whole nation outside the bounds of the Church’s truth and canonicity with a pure conscience, denying our responsibility before God and history, but is rather an incentive for finding salvific and unifying solutions...

  • 15 June 2018, 12:44 | Church-state relations | 

    AUCCRO warns Ministry of Education that introducing gender ideology at school is unacceptable

    The AUCCRO made this appeal to the Minister Lilia Hrynevich on Thursday, June 14, according to the Institute of Religious Freedom.

  • 14 June 2018, 15:03 | International relations | 

    War in Ukraine is a civilizational conflict, head of the UGCC to Vatican diplomats

    On June 13, a conference on religious freedom in Ukraine was held at the American Embassy at the Apostolic Capital. The main speaker was Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) of the UGCC. The meeting was held at the initiative of Callista Gingrich, US Ambassador to the Vatican, according to the Department of Information of the UGCC.

  • 14 June 2018, 10:50 | Inter-Orthodox relations | 

    Patriarch Filaret: In Ukraine, there will be one Orthodox Church and something what will be left of the ROC

    After receiving the Tomos from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, a large Local Orthodox Church will rise in Ukraine. Those clergymen and faithful who are unwilling to join it will remain in the Moscow Patriarchate. Patriarch Filaret of the UOC-KP said it in an interview with Ukrainian Truth.

  • 13 June 2018, 18:59 | UGCC | 

    Head of the UGCC: Empty promises of politicians play into the hands of our enemies

    Today, Ukraine is struggling for freedom, independence, genuine democracy and against all that comes from Russia. If we use infantile slogans, like we will change everything at once, and if we do this with violence, we will destroy the very idea of a democratic Ukraine. Such actions play right into the hands of our enemy, who will not have to use aggression, because we will destroy Ukraine with our own hands.

  • 13 June 2018, 12:40 | International relations | 

    Religious leaders draft an appeal to support Ukrainians held as prisoners in Russia

    The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (AUCCRO) will appeal to the leadership of Russia to release Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and other political prisoners of the Kremlin. The relevant documents are being drafted by the Secretariat of the AUCCIO on the results of the meeting of representatives of the confessions, which was held on June 12, the Institute of Religious Freedom reports.

  • 13 June 2018, 11:17 | International relations | 

    Patriarch of the UGCC suggests taking advantage of 75th anniversary of Volyn tragedy for dialogue and reconciliation

    The head of the UGCC, Patriarch Svyatoslav (Shevchuk), was reported as saying this in an interview with the Polish Catholic Information Agency, the Department of Information of the UGCC reported.