• 20 April 2011, 16:58 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Traditional Ukrainian egg-rich paska and sweet babka grace Easter table

    One of the surest signs of spring around St. Basil's Cultural Centre is a long line of people snaking around the building, waiting their turn to pick up a loaf or two of the distinctive breads that will make their Easter meal complete.

  • 20 April 2011, 16:54 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Day in the life

    Decorating Easter eggs is a common practice in many churches and communities, but nowhere is it more cherished than among Ukrainians, whether in Ukraine or among its people scattered around the world.

  • 14 April 2011, 14:04 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Embassy of God celebrates 17 years in Kyiv religious life

    The Embassy of God church celebrated its 17th anniversary from March 31 to April 3 in a huge white tent that served as a temple on the outskirts of Kyiv.

  • 5 April 2011, 12:33 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Ukraine: Have ‘More Than Million Slavs’ Become Muslims Since 1991? – Analysis

    A Russian news agency reports that “more than one million Slavs” in Ukraine have converted to Islam since 1991, a figure that almost certainly is an exaggeration but one that reflects both Kyiv’s relatively tolerant approach to Islamic activism and Russian and Ukrainian fears of the possible appearance of Slavic-appearing suicide bombers.

  • 1 April 2011, 15:24 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    "The Church is Young" The Election of Sviatoslav Shevchuk

    The announcement that the Synod of Ukrainian Hierarchs had elected their youngest member, 40-year old Bishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, as Major-Archbishop (Patriarch) hit world news like a lightening bolt. Yet every Ukrainian Greek-Catholic felt this jolt to be a powerful sign from God and more than one of his electors remarked: “we felt the hand of the Holy Spirit” in the selection. His Beatitude Sviatoslav's life journey is a powerful reflection on God's hand upon the Church which Shevchuk has become Father and Head.

  • 30 March 2011, 16:44 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Why Dates of Easter Differ

    Easter follows a lunar-solar, rather than a solar, calendar and is celebrated on the Sunday that follows the first full moon after March 21, the vernal (spring) equinox. Therefore, Easter cannot fall earlier than March 22 or later than April 25.

  • 21 March 2011, 17:08 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    A Jewel in Two Crowns

    Russia’s paradise lost belongs to Ukraine—and that’s where the trouble begins.

  • 16 March 2011, 12:33 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Tarakaniv Fortress meant to defend Russian Empire

    The abandoned fortress was built in the 19th century to defend the Russian Empire’s Western flank from a possible German or Austro-Hungarian attack.

  • 15 March 2011, 14:22 | Kaleidoscope-digest

    At the ancient city of Kamyanets-Podilskiy, the wall's the thing

    For centuries, the city had a remarkably diverse population - Poles, Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, Armenians. But with Soviet rule came many deportations. And the Nazi occupation during WWII was followed by terrible massacres. More than 23,000 Jews were killed near the city in three days in August 1941.

  • 8 March 2011, 13:33 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Ukraine's border: A family history

    A dot on the westernmost border of Ukraine, Dobromyl is a town resembling a faded beauty - its better days are a distant memory.

  • 2 March 2011, 13:29 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    2011 Catechetical Homily on the opening of Holy and Great Lent of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

    Frequently, those who cannot understand the great mystery of this piety consider the Orthodox ascetic tradition as negative and as leading to deprivation of creativity, of original initiative, of enjoyment in life’s pleasure. Nothing could be further from the truth. All that was created by God was created “very good” and offered to us in order to delight in and enjoy in order for us to give continual glory to our Benefactor.

  • 14 February 2011, 14:49 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    12 Greeks who built the Dormition Cathedral in the Kyiv Caves, Far Caves, Lavra

    The Kyiv Caves Icon of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos (May 3) is one of the most ancient icons in the Russian Orthodox Church. The Mother of God entrusted it to four Byzantine architects, who in 1073 brought the icon to Sts Anthony and Theodosius of the Caves. The architects arrived at the monks' cave and asked, "Where do you want to build the church?" The saints answered, "Go, the Lord will point out the place."

  • 9 February 2011, 16:00 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Encounter of Ukrainian Catholic & Orthodox Hierarchs

    The annual Encounter of Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox Hierarchs of North America met in Clearwater, FL on 27-28 January 2011. The hierarchs have been gathering since 2001 to discuss the issues relevant to their respective dioceses and eparchies and to consider the steps that might be taken to draw the Churches closer together, setting an example for ecclesiastical life in Ukraine.

  • 2 February 2011, 16:50 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Saint Nikitas of the Kiev Caves and Bishop of Novgorod

  • 21 January 2011, 13:34 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Kiev: Golden-domed city of Eastern promise

  • 20 January 2011, 14:10 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    An autocratic prince from the North

    Andrei Bogolyubsky and government in Kyivan Rus’: political goals and methods to attain them

  • 5 January 2011, 11:40 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    The Drama of Ukrainian Orthodox Identity: between alternatives and parody

    The twentieth century has left high controversial version of three “rebirth” of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) in the political vocabulary. By these “three rebirths”, we understand the autocephalous movement of the 1920’s, at the head of which was Metropolitan Vasyl Lypkiwsky; the creation of a hierarchical structure of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in 1942, on the territory of the Reich Commissariat “Ukraine”; and the events of 1989 to 1992, that were marked by the mass transfer of Orthodox communities of Halychyna into the jurisdiction of the episcopate formed by Bishop Ioan Bodnarchuk. The most optimistic of publicists even to this day speak of the latter as the “third rebirth” of the UAOC.

  • 3 January 2011, 13:25 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Priest-Monk Nestor the New Martyr of Zharky (+1993)

    The rector of the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the village of Zharki, Yurievets district, Hieromonk Nestor (secular name, Nikolai Ivanovich Savchuk) was atrociously murdered on the night of December 30-31, 1993, in a cell of the rector's home. Hieromonk Nestor was found lying face down in a pool of blood, spread below the cross of Jesus Christ and showing no signs of life.

  • 3 January 2011, 12:16 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Statement to the media by Patriarch of Kyiv and all Rus-Ukraine Filaret.

    The plan was created in Moscow by the Patriarch of Moscow Kirill and his subordinates for implementation in Ukraine. The main participants with a large role in this plan are the organsof the local government in Ukraine.

  • 30 December 2010, 18:39 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Orthodoxy – the Kremlin's weapon?