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  • 27 December 2014, 20:05 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Pentecostal and Patriot

    The Russian invasion has altered the chemistry of Ukrainian society. Today, it is possible for a Russian-speaking minister of a traditionally apolitical and pacifist church to die fighting for Ukraine.

  • 24 December 2014, 11:16 | Analysis | 

    Donbass and Crimea: new challenges for religious freedom. Summary of the year

    From the very beginning te year of 2014 the Ukrainian faced society extraordinary trials that also affected religious freedom.

  • 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.

  • 25 November 2014, 12:52 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Smerdyakov's revenge

    Ukraine is the negation of Mr. Putin’s theory about the West. For if today’s Russia sees the West as a danger that must be destroyed in order to preserve Orthodox Christian culture, Ukraine sees it in a more complex way…Rather than isolating itself from the West… Ukraine engages with the West and in doing so, revitalizes its own Christian world view.

  • 13 November 2014, 12:56 | James Siemens' column | 

    Why Vladimir Putin and the Moscow Patriarchate Will Destroy Russian Christianity

    In a recent article published on the website of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, we were given a glimpse at Russia's political landscape under Putin, and told in conclusion that, when Putin ultimately goes the way of all flesh, he will leave behind him an inevitable legacy of upheaval and national strife. The article is convincing; indeed, in light of Putin's devastating political machinations over the years, it points to the only possible outcome.

  • 9 November 2014, 17:34 | Comments | 

    Religion as Policy Instrument

    Two fundamental concepts were presented by the speakers.Especially interesting was the notion of instrumentalization of religious institutions by political powers. The other – “Russkii mir” (“Russian world”) –in the final analysisserves as an ideological smokescreen for the first.

  • 5 November 2014, 15:55 | Interview | 

    Priest-chaplain of the zone of ATO: “soldiers told me it was God who saved them in the battlefield and not armor”

    For Ukrainian soldiers in the East the role of the priest is important more than ever. It is an important mission - to give hope to soldiers and show that God is always there beside them. A RISU journalisttalked to a military chaplain if the UGCC Fr.AndrewKhomyshyn about his experience of service in war. In August, he spent a week at the base camp in Luhansk region, from which the fighters went to the "flash points". The conversation turned from a classic interview format intoreflections, as we present it.

  • 20 October 2014, 09:40 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Russia and the Uniates

    The issues of the Church Union and Ukrainian independence are connected in the official Russian mind. For Moscow, the very idea of Ukraine is a violation of East Slavic unity, while the Union that resulted in the Greek-Catholic Church is a betrayal of Orthodox solidarity. The underlying premise is that Moscow is the arbiter and guarantor of both.

  • 26 September 2014, 14:31 | Comments | 

    Nuncio to Ukraine Gives Overview of Church's Most Pressing Needs

    Considers Plight of Priests, Religious in Crimea and Throughout Nation

  • 22 September 2014, 16:25 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    The Right To Resist

    The Maidan was a defensive collective action of citizens. It sought to defend the people from state action directed against justice -- extra-judicial abductions, torture and killings.

  • 20 September 2014, 18:19 | Comments | 

    Bleeding Wound in a Political Heart

    Orthodox and Catholics have made great strides in their pilgrimage of mutual understanding and have shown themselves capable of engaging in fruitful ecumenical dialogue.

  • 12 September 2014, 09:43 | Olena Panych's column | 


  • 4 September 2014, 11:40 | Interview | 

    Consequences will arise: Professor Alexander Sagan on Patriarch Filaret’s letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch

    Alexander Sagan, professor of religious studies at Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy comments on the consequences of such a decisive step, the non-canonical status of the UOC-KP and the possible consequences

  • 27 August 2014, 14:28 | James Siemens' column | 

    The Host’s Imperative: Pastoral Care to Eastern Christians in Western Countries

  • 25 August 2014, 10:34 | Andrew Sorokowski's column | 

    Can christians and muslims cooperate?

    Given their shared hardships, it stands to reason that Christians and Muslims in the Crimea should help each other. Some, however, might balk at such cooperation.

  • 16 August 2014, 00:17 | Analysis | 

    Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine

    The recognition of the Mother-Church is also fundamental for the process and eventual recognition of autocephaly of the local Church in Ukraine. At the present time, the Mother-Church could serve a double purpose. From one perspective, the authenticity of the specific local anthropology is acknowledged and recognized. From the other perspective, the Mother-Church heals the rift in the life of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and provides the necessary provisions for autocephaly. Based on these conditions, there is an incredible opportunity for the Orthodox Church in Ukraine to become fully independent that would safeguard the uniqueness and authenticity of the anthropology of her believers.

  • 12 August 2014, 10:22 | Comments | 

    The election in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church: how will it happen?

    August 13th, on the 40th day after the death of His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr, held one of the most important events in the recent history of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - the election of a new Primate. Guests, observers or representatives will not take part. The Council will be held behind the closed doors.

  • 11 August 2014, 17:12 | Tetiana Derkach's column | 

    Sultry August 2014: UOC (MP) waiting for Vox Dei

    The departure of Metropolitan Volodymyr (Slobodan) from the vale of sinners exposed a serious gap of spiritual, emotional, intellectual and human resources on which a huge, clumsy and archaic machine called UOC (MP) tried to survive.

  • 22 July 2014, 09:53 | Interview | 

    ‘Today’s courage and patriotism are the foundation of our future that is laid now’, the story by a chaplain from the ATO zone

  • 7 July 2014, 12:46 | с | 

    Who is he? In memoriam of His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr