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14 December 2016, 11:55 | Reports |
The Vatican’s international relations have their own unique history of diplomacy and influence the course of events. The special status of a mini-state, its uniqueness often allows exerting influence in places and in ways that are inaccessible to secular diplomats.
The round table themed “Role of the church in addressing problems of IDPs,” held on September 28 IX under the Ecumenical social week
28 March 2016, 11:36 | Reports |
On March 24, a round table was held in Odessa on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the visit of a famous Turkish traveler, historian and geographer Evliya Çelebi to southern Ukraine and Crimea.
Christian youth organized for young Roma and their families Christmas feast in Transcarpathia. However, it is not a one-time event, but their constant support and socialization.
19 December 2015, 11:44 | Reports |
The House of Farewell in the Jewish cemetery will be renovated. Germany allocates a part of the funds for this. The museum can start working in three or four years.
23 March 2015, 16:07 | Reports |
Its was organized by the Center for Interfaith and Inter-religious Dialogue “Libertas” of Lviv.
29 December 2014, 15:08 | Reports |
When in winter the blessing was granted from one of the stages of Maidan not only by priests of three Christian denominations, but also by the deputy mufti of Muslims of Crimea and a Jewish rabbi - it seemed a miracle of unity of all religions for the sake of the victory over the common enemy.
Next to them, every day and every minute stay those, who have gained their place anew, without whom soldiers feel grievously – chaplains.
On September 30, under the educational project ‘Informatics and Applied Security Center of the city’ in Lviv, Father Tikhon Kulbaka spoke about his captivity, the power of prayer in war, and whether there is interreligious conflict in Donbas.
More and more often one can hear talks about interdenominational unity, and these talks have especially intensified on the eve of Easter. But it is worth talking about the true unity that is already beginning to emerge, claiming to become a powerful movement that will bring Ukraine together both in spiritual and patriotic dimensions, rather than about pure reflections. An example of this was the Easter service of the representatives of several denominations who went at night to greet the soldiers at three block posts in Kherson region on the border of the Crimea.
28 March 2014, 15:05 | Reports |
Ukrainian Muslims are deeply integrated into society, while our Russian brothers don’t have such freedom. Also there is no talk of a split among the Muslims of Crimea, as Russia alleges, the Mufti of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine "Ummah" Said Ismagilov said at a meeting at the Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy in Kyiv on March 25. Scholars who attended the meeting asked the mufti to share his thoughts on the events in Crimea and interreligious cooperation in Ukraine.
The students of Lviv (in particular those of the Ukrainian Catholic University), took the initiative to overcome the animosity and ignorance between inhabitants of the east and west of the country by inviting their fellow colleagues from various cities in eastern Ukraine to Lviv.
14 March 2014, 11:10 | Reports |
On March 10 on the Maidan in Kyiv, heads of Evangelical churches addressed the Ukrainian people. The Evangelical Christians prayed for Ukraine's liberation from enemy forces, from the spirit of division and war.
Anyone who is currently in Kyiv is living in captivity, be it information, military, or economic captivity. But the revolution continues, bringing more victims, blood, and suffering. The main field hospital became St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery, where around the clock a team of doctors is trying to save the lives of Maidan activists.
Every day any Maidan participant can go to one of the capitals’ many churches to get not only spiritual care, but also material aid: a place to warm up, eat, and sleep. One of these shelters is the small German Lutheran Church of St. Catherine, located right at the epicenter of events on Lutheran Street.
14 December 2013, 10:39 | Reports |
The evening of December 9, when a clash between protesters and troops of the Interior Ministry was waiting to happen, Ralph Huska, a pastor of St. Catherine's German Lutheran Church on Lutheran Street located in the middle of the events, stood between the rows of troops, not letting blood to spill. He shared his impressions from this event with a RISU reporter after evening prayers in the Lutheran church.
Protests in Kyiv go on and the clergy of different denomination are taking part in these events. They have gone beyond the walls of their churches and joined the protesters. Every day of the rally on Maidan priests serve Liturgies, hear the confessions, and just stay with people.
The sixth Ecumenical Social Week (ESW), dedicated to accepting differences and fostering respect in various aspects of human life, was held October 1-5 in Lviv. The ESW has become a traditional autumn event and this year it again gathered Ukrainian and international experts, representatives of the church, civil society, media, politicians, educators, businesspersons, and government officials around current issues and challenges.