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  • 13 September 2019, 14:53 | Open theme | 

    Ukrainian autocephaly. After one year

    All this past year the CEMES foundation worked on a scholarly project, which examined the Ukrainian crisis from a theological, historical and canonical perspective, always in relation to the triptych: Primacy-Conciliarity-Autocephaly.

  • 3 November 2018, 13:26 | Open theme | 

    Ukrainian autocephaly. What next? The role of Patriarch Bartholomew

    From what is being reported from Ukraine there seems certain misunderstandings as to what is to be done next.

  • 27 February 2018, 15:27 | Open theme | 

    Re-registration of religious organizations in ‘Luhansk People’s Republic’: mockery of freedom of conscience

    While some church entities in Ukraine are vocal in declaring persecution and unacceptable interference of Ukrainian state authorities into internal church affairs, some very interesting processes are developing in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region (hereinafter “LNR”) that suggest comparison with Ukrainian “persecutions”.

  • 1 June 2017, 11:10 | Open theme | view photo

    Lubomyr (Husar) about himself, the Church and the world. Selected quotes

    “We all need love”: His Beatitude Lubomyr blessed memory, who lived with 60 years on earth was a priest, becoming the nation's moral authority

  • 10 June 2016, 11:13 | Open theme | 

    Protecting Christian values in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond

    Humanity needs leaders to pull itself out of global governance’s highway and discover the narrow path that leads back to the Father of all. Is it not humanity’s deepest aspiration today to return to reality, to truth, beauty, happiness, love - to return to our loving Father?

  • 16 July 2015, 09:56 | Open theme | view photo | 

    Ukraine Islamic vector: Ukrainian Ummah’s reason for being

    Russian-Ukrainian conflict affected among the others the Muslim community of Ukraine. The post-totalitarian syndrome whereby religion is regulated by bureaucracy provokes further political intervention into the spiritual realm and new confrontation.

  • 13 March 2015, 10:41 | Open theme | 

    Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church: fifteen years of lost opportunities for Ukrainian Orthodoxy. Will the mistakes be corrected?

    Orthodoxy in Ukraine is on the verge of changes. In war the internal demand of society for the establishment of the local Orthodox Church in Ukraine increases.

  • 6 March 2015, 14:12 | Open theme

    Pope Expresses Total Support for Ukrainian Bishops

    Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the Ukrainian bishops and to their people. Without mentioning it by name, he calls on Russia to adhere to the ceasefire agreement it signed in Minsk (which its agents have been flagrantly violating)

  • 10 February 2015, 16:24 | Open theme | 

    When Diplomacy Prevails over the Principles of the Faith

    The Catholic Church must radically re-think its position on ecumenism, cleansing it of false stereotypes and harmful intertia.

  • 17 December 2014, 09:52 | Open theme | view photo | 

    PRIEST FROM KRAMATORSK: absence of uniform predominant culture is one of the factors that provoked today’s crisis in Donbas

    The Greek Catholic Church in Donbas has found herself in a difficult position. Local separatists consider it hostile. In the 90-ties, the western Ukrainians persecuted in times of the Soviet Union constituted the backbone of the Greek Catholic communities. Those who moved there as a result of ‘Operation Vistula’, or those who were forbidden to return home after the Soviet camps.

  • 29 April 2014, 12:15 | Open theme | 

    EuroMaidan, WWII Parallels, and ‘Feelings from the Past’

    These past few months, as I experienced a revolution and war for Ukraine’s freedom and integrity, I have often thought of my ancestors and how they must have felt during WWII (and earlier liberation movements) and the partisan struggle to liberate Ukraine from totalitarian powers.

  • 22 April 2014, 10:50 | Open theme | 

    Should Ukraine Become a Member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation?

    In the context of the next wave of separatism in Donbas, some events concerning Crimea have occurred without much notice. Actually, some analysts believe that Russia has provoked the situation in eastern Ukraine specifically to draw attention away not only from the occupation of Crimea, but also from the huge economic and social problems, which have emerged on the peninsula.

  • 18 April 2014, 14:11 | Open theme | 

    A response to metropolitan Hilarion interview to National Catholic Register

    It always bears repeating that Metropolitan Hilarion is not speaking objectively, or in a spirit of dialogue.

  • 25 March 2014, 13:02 | Open theme | 

    When a Brother Doesn’t Hear His Brother: Post-Maidan Problems in Relations between Ukrainian and Russian Protestants

    The sociopolitical events in Ukraine are having practical consequences not only in politics but also in the spiritual realm. In particular, a very strange relationship has developed between Russian Protestants and their Ukrainian brothers.

  • 19 April 2013, 11:20 | Open theme | 

    15 years of prayers to start the construction

    It is already the fifth time when the faithful and the Prior Fr.Fransisk Botvina OFM are trying to build the House of God in this city area called Obolon’, which is best known for production of alcohol.

  • 30 January 2013, 16:15 | Open theme | 

    Puppet Justice / on the Zaporizhya Church explosion

    The trial of three young men charged with planting a bomb in a Zaporizhya Church on 28 July 2010 which killed an elderly nun continues to warrant deepest concern. While the prosecutions of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yury Lutsenko have received wide coverage, the fate of the three men is seldom mentioned outside Zaporizhya.

  • 14 November 2012, 14:54 | Open theme | 

    “Pussy Riot” phenomenon shakes the ideological foundation of the elite of the Russian Orthodox Church

    The entire discussion could be approached from two different perspectives. From one perspective, it is an anthropological component of human will and drive for self-identification that is being defined in a democratic society as freedom. The other perspective consists of the parameters of our expressions: what is permissible or not in a civilized society when expressing your own point of view.

  • 28 October 2011, 16:52 | Open theme | 

    Ukraine: secular state or cleric country?

    Ukraine is a secular state, and our Constitution clearly says this. But not everybody agrees. Thus, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchy initiates the introduction of orthodox projects into school agenda and opening of Ukrainian Orthodox University of Saint Volodymyr.

  • 17 October 2011, 08:33 | Open theme | 

    The need of Ukrainian Radical Orthodoxy

    Today the Christians of Ukraine face two objective challenges. First, spiritual revival is required as a way out of the regional crisis of the church and social institutes that started already yesterday. Second, one has to find new forms of Christianization of the world as a way out of the global world outlook crisis referred to as postmodern ideology.

  • 28 September 2011, 11:24 | Open theme | 

    Open letter to "The Guardian" regarding article "Goodbye, Golden Rose"

    The article “Goodbye, Golden Rose” published by Tom Cross in The Guardian, 2 September on the old synagogue in Lviv, Ukraine, has numerous errors. Some of them were noted by those who responded online. Here I want to draw attention to other mistakes and serious misinterpretations, which, to me, grossly distort the issue under discussion.