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  • 22 July 2019, 19:10 | Monitoring

    Vatican Prefect visits Eastern-Rite Churches in United States

    Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, was in the United States last month, visiting some of the numerous Eparchies (Dioceses) and Eastern Catholic Communities spread throughout the country. The first stage of Cardinal Sandri’s visit began in the city of Chicago, the seat of both a Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy and a Syro-Malabar Diocese. On Friday, the Prefect met with members of the Ukrainian Eparchy of St Nicholas of Chicago, including the Bishop, Venedykt Aleksiychuk. He also visited the Cathedral, as well as the parish of Sts Volodymyr and Olha.

  • 19 July 2019, 20:58 | Monitoring

    Jehovah’ Witnesses in Ukraine hosted a series of Bible exhibitions

    The exhibition was hosted by several cities in Ukraine, including Lviv, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Dnipro, and Odesa. Before each of the exhibitions, printed and video invitations were sent out to deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The Ukraine branch of the Public Information Desk also sent out invitations to the media, educators as well as state officials.

  • 17 July 2019, 10:48 | Monitoring

    eBook Now Available: The Ecumenical Patriarchate and Ukraine Autocephaly

    The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle presents a one of a kind offering for all Orthodox Christians and indeed for all people of goodwill who are particularly interested in learning more about the Orthodox Church.

  • 15 July 2019, 14:06 | Monitoring

    Pope and UGCC leaders discuss current church mission in war-torn Ukraine and in communities throughout the world

    Being a pastor in a country at war means being with people, leading them closer to Jesus and celebrating the liturgy in a way that helps them experience a bit of heaven on earth, Pope Francis told bishops from Ukraine.

  • 12 July 2019, 15:19 | Monitoring

    When Russia invaded Ukraine, the countries’ rabbis also went to war

    The following article, which opens with a Ukrainian rabbi describing the conflict in almost eschatological terms during a sermon against the Russians, is drawn from journalist Sam Sokol’s recently published book “Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.”

  • 9 July 2019, 11:16 | Monitoring

    Russia uses threats & intimidation to drive Crimean Tatar language out of schools in occupied Crimea

    Both enforcement bodies and school heads are being used in Russian-occupied Crimea to ‘dissuade’ children and their parents from asserting their full right to insist on education in the Crimean Tatar language. The methods, which range from pressure to downright threats, have already been used to effectively close all Ukrainian language classes in Crimea.

  • 5 July 2019, 11:03 | Monitoring

    A visit to Severodonetsk with Ukrainian National Women’s League of America aid mission

    Severodonetsk is a city of some 100,000 in eastern Ukraine that was captured in May 2014 by Russian militants. In July 2014, Ukrainian forces regained control of the city.

  • 5 July 2019, 09:32 | Society-digest | 

    Icons on ammo boxes

    The deeply Catholic instinct for transforming what is dead or death-dealing into something life-affirming and life-giving continues today in Ukraine, through a remarkable project known as “The Icons on Ammo Boxes.”

  • 3 July 2019, 15:18 | Monitoring

    Russia uses wholesale arrests to try crush Crimean Tatar human rights movement

    Russia is using fabricated charges carrying huge sentences to try to crush the Crimean Solidarity movement in occupied Crimea and all Crimean Tatar human rights activists. This is the damning assessment of the Memorial Human Rights Centre which has recognized as political prisoners all 24 Crimean Tatar activists arrested in Russia’s most recent ‘operation’.

  • 29 June 2019, 20:02 | Monitoring

    Seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary Engaged in Missionary Charitable Activities in North Carolina

    With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Daniel, a group of seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, who partnered with the Consistory Office of Christian Charity (under the leadership of Protodeacon Ihor Mahlay) traveled for over 750 miles from the Spiritual Center of the UOC of the USA to Waynesville, NC in order to deliver over 200 packages of diapers and clothing to the local North Carolina Haywood County.

  • 26 June 2019, 09:44 | Monitoring

    Russia comes for Jehovah’s Witnesses in occupied Crimea

    New armed searches by FSB and special force officers have been carried out of the homes of Jehovah’s Witnesses in occupied Sevastopol, with one man, Viktor Stashevsky, arrested. Although released from custody the next day, the 52-year-old believer is facing criminal charges which could carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Russia has reverted to Soviet practice in persecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses for their faith, and it is now bringing this repression to occupied Crimea.

  • 24 June 2019, 13:42 | Monitoring

    A “place of disruption” is a place of peace and pilgrimage in Ukraine

    Since the 13th-century apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, people have maintained the faith in Zarvanytsia.

  • 21 June 2019, 21:47 | Monitoring

    The gift of overcoming barriers eludes the world’s Orthodox Christians

    Squabbles between churches in Ukraine, Russia and Turkey are bound up in global politics

  • 19 June 2019, 17:42 | Monitoring

    Russia arrests & terrorizes entire Crimean Tatar families a day after denying persecution at International Court

    The Russian FSB has carried out new armed searches and arrests of Crimean Tatars, with an elderly mother, whose second son has been taken from her, threatened with a pistol and told that the FSB will get around to shooting them all. This new ‘operation’ came the day after hearings ended at the UN’s International Court of Justice where Russia is trying to claim that it is not carrying out a policy of discrimination against Crimean Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians in occupied Crimea.

  • 14 June 2019, 20:01 | Monitoring

    New metropolitan archbishop of Ukrainian Catholic Church faces challenge of renewal among U.S. faithful

    In 1992, following the reemergence of the Ukrainian Catholic Church from decades of Soviet oppression, the Rev. Borys Gudziak founded a fledgling academy to chronicle the dark era when practicing the religion was illegal and its leaders were jailed and killed.

  • 12 June 2019, 20:32 | Monitoring

    The Right Man for the Right Time

    “God probably has a great sense of humor,” reckons Borys Gudziak, president of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. The US-born archbishop transformed what was designed to be the Soviet communist party’s atheist ideology center in western Ukraine into a thriving Catholic university.

  • 10 June 2019, 21:08 | Monitoring

    The enthronement of Metropolitan Borys before the New-Martyrs

    I was very moved when I read of the conversation that the newly enthroned Metropolitan Borys (Gudziak) in this Kyivan Church of ours in the United States had with his priests, with Patriarch Sviatoslav in attendance. At first, some of it felt like old hat to us who are in this church, especially the re-litigation once again of the question of whether we who are not Ukrainian belong.

  • 7 June 2019, 12:46 | Monitoring

    The Voice of Silence: a monastic voice on the Ukrainian question

    The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle will soon be publishing a collection of essays titled "The Ecumenical Patriarchate and Ukraine Autocephaly: Historical, Canonical, and Pastoral Perspectives". The collection will include twelve papers by eminent clergy and laity related to the autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. We are pleased to offer our readers an exclusive preview by Mother Abbess Theoxeni: “The Voice of Silence: A Monastic Voice on the Ukrainian Question.”

  • 5 June 2019, 07:19 | Monitoring

    Lviv Muslims showed how they’d spent first days of the Holy Ramadan Month

    The holy Ramadan month started. During 30 days, believers neither eat food nor drink water during the daylight. They believe God sent the Qur’anic revelations to the Prophet Muhammad at the time of Ramadan.

  • 1 June 2019, 09:37 | Monitoring

    Observations on the Orthodox Church of Ukraine & the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church

    Founder and First Director of the Sheptytsky Institute, Fr. Andriy Chirovsky shares his thoughts on the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church. Fr. Andriy reflects on President Zelensky, His Beatitude Filaret, Epiphanius I of Ukraine, the relationship between the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (UOCC) and Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.