• 14 January 2019, 14:59 | Monitoring

    Bishop of UGCC Eparchy visits Utah congregation

    It had been at least two years since the Ukrainian Catholics in Utah have had a priest to celebrate their liturgy, said Oryslava Sorensen, adding that it was “incredible” to have the bishop celebrate the Christmas liturgy.

  • 12 January 2019, 18:39 | Society-digest | 

    CRIMEA: "Anti-missionary" prosecutions double in 2018

    Compared to the first year they were implemented, punishments in Russian-occupied Crimea for ill-defined "missionary activity" doubled in 2018. Of 23 prosecutions for sharing faith or holding worship at unapproved venues, 19 ended in punishment. Also, 17 cases were brought for communities not using their full legal name.

  • 11 January 2019, 20:12 | Monitoring

    Donetsk pastor speaks out about Ukrainian Donbas’ struggle against Russian aggression

    Ukrainians from Donbas, many of whom have paid a huge price for their courage and commitment to Ukraine, are tired of stereotypes about Donbas residents being ‘pro-Russian’ and claims that they brought the events of the last five years upon themselves. It was to set the record straight that Sergey Kosyak, a Ukrainian pastor, volunteer and one of the coordinators of the Donetsk Prayer Marathon, decided to publish an important book chronicling resistance to Russia’s aggression.

  • 9 January 2019, 20:15 | Monitoring

    Amos Oz And The Rabbi of Rivne

    Amos Oz, the Israeli writer, novelist and journalist who won numerous awards for his books which were translated into some 45 languages, died on December 28. In the last years of his life, he formed an unexpected friendship with a Chabad rabbi.

  • 7 January 2019, 20:40 | Monitoring

    How Catholic universities can manage themselves in society: thoughts from the Ukrainian Catholic University

    It is often not clear why Catholic universities exist, what distinguishes them from other universities. What happens when the salt loses its seasoning, in Biblical terms. How do you stay salty?

  • 31 December 2018, 15:32 | Monitoring

    Through Baptist seminary in Ukraine, North Carolina missionary trains Ukrainian believers to plant churches among unreached in Central Asia, Poland

    In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago. And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board worker and Ukrainian believers -- along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church -- want to help locals find a hope that transcends the uncertainty of war.

  • 30 December 2018, 14:01 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    Old wine in new bottles: how bad habits derailed Ukrainian Church unification – interview with Cyril Hovorun

    Generally speaking, it is certainly a very positive event. It fulfilled a long-lasting process of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church. The Tomos for autocephaly could not be granted to any of the existing Churches.

  • 29 December 2018, 14:46 | Monitoring

    Vernon, British Columbia-based mission supports youth in Ukraine, Moldova

    This year Mission Eurasia aims to raise $20,000 to hold two camps for both youth and teens in July 2019. Nick Tishenko, the Vernon-based Canadian executive director of Mission Eurasia, and board secretary Lydia Chirkoff have seen first-hand the impact charitable donations have on youth living in the former Soviet Bloc. The ongoing military conflict in the eastern reaches of Ukraine has fractured families, shot down planes, displaced more than three million people and claimed more than 10,500 lives in the War in Donbass alone.

  • 26 December 2018, 20:36 | Monitoring

    Book on prominent Ukrainian figures’ perception of Islam sees the light of day this year

    Almost at the same time, when the Azerbaijani political scientist, Timur Atayev, presented his books in Kyiv, the presentation of another book, published thanks to the AUASO “Alraid” assistance, was launched in Lviv.

  • 26 December 2018, 09:55 | Society-digest | 

    Unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church will Receive Independence from Moscow

    On Orthodox Christmas Eve, January 6th, Ukraine will be granted Tomos. This is the document giving autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox church. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will present the decree to the head of the new church, once he is selected. To talk about this we welcome to the studio Dmytro Horyevoy, Director of Religious Security Centre.

  • 24 December 2018, 21:18 | Monitoring

    Newcastle has one of the oldest UGCC communities in Australia

    Newcastle has a Ukrainian community which is not on the beaten path. It is however one of the oldest Ukrainian communities in Australia. Greta was one of the biggest migrant camps in Australia. Many of the Ukrainians at the camp came on the ship Fairsea which arrived in Newcastle on 19th August 1949. Fr. Franz Bosky, a Belgian Redemptorist, celebrated the first liturgy on 26th March 1950.

  • 22 December 2018, 20:05 | Monitoring

    Tomos ante portas: a short guide to Ukrainian church independence

    On 11 October, a three-day meeting of the Synod, or church council, of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, finished in Istanbul. It gave further confirmation that Ukraine is on the path to receiving church independence from Moscow – and healing its schism, which has for nearly thirty years divided the world’s second largest Orthodox nation.

  • 20 December 2018, 14:45 | Monitoring

    Only viable avenue for OCU is to act pastorally and reach out to UOC-MP with radical love commanded by Jesus

    When Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko initially announced that the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) would grant autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the promise seemed overconfident at best, and delusional at worst. For decades, global Orthodoxy has recognized the canonicity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), and dismissed the Kyivan Patriarchate (KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) as uncanonical schismatics.

  • 18 December 2018, 13:22 | Monitoring

    Amid Russia Tensions, Ukraine Moves Toward Separate Church

    Ukraine took a major step on Saturday toward establishing its own, autonomous Orthodox Church, setting the stage for increased tensions with Russia by altering a centuries-old religious tradition under which the Kyiv church answered to Moscow.

  • 17 December 2018, 08:38 | Monitoring

    For Illinois doctor, medicine opens doors to the Gospel in eastern Ukraine

    For 23 years, Randy Oliver worked exclusively in the United States as a family physician. But a medical missions conference changed the course of his life. Over the past decade, the Illinois doctor has gone on multiple mission trips to treat patients and share the Gospel, including trips to Ukraine and Uganda this year.

  • 14 December 2018, 13:51 | Monitoring

    Meet Jesuit Byzantine Bishop Milan Lach

    Bishop Milan Lach, S.J., is the fifth Byzantine Catholic ordinary of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma, covering several Midwestern U.S. states. Enthroned as bishop on June 30 at his cathedral in Ohio, the 44-year-old Jesuit (an ethnic Ruthenian from Slovakia) is now the youngest Catholic bishop to head a territorial diocese in North America.

  • 12 December 2018, 10:54 | Monitoring

    Salvation Army partnership by a UK-based church group going strong in Ukraine after 24 years

    An international partnership set up in the 1990s by a Bournemouth, UK-based church group has continued to provide support for people in need.

  • 10 December 2018, 15:04 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian Muslimahs Already Had Civil Rights While Muslimahs In Europe And America Were Only Dreaming About It

    Ukrainian Muslimahs’ League and Muslim Women's Social Organisation “Maryam” recently held the All-Ukrainian conference The Future of Society: Freedom of Choice or the Power of Stereotypes in Kyiv. More than a hundred women - politicians, civil servants, public activists, legal experts, psychologists, and others gathered in the conference hall of the Visak Hotel to discuss the respect for human rights and freedoms in Ukraine, the compliance of laws and regulations with ethical standards, the inadmissibility of discrimination on certain grounds and ways to overcome such manifestations, the fight against negative stereotypes, as well as the consequences of physical and psychological violence in the family and society.

  • 7 December 2018, 08:43 | Monitoring

    American author compiles work of visionary Ukraine-born storyteller of the Jewish Hasidic movement

    Once there was a king, and two kings, and a wise man, and a queen and her slave, and a Master of Prayer, and a pauper, and a wealthy shopkeeper, and two close friends, and a prince who thought he was a rooster.

  • 5 December 2018, 06:13 | Monitoring

    Ukraine’s vocations drive country’s evangelization

    Seminaries push next generation of leadership into the pastoral trenches during a turbulent time.