Kaleidoscope-digest

  • 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?

  • 28 December 2010, 15:20 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    A Tribute to an Eastern Christian Bibliophile

    Fr. Robert Andreson, pastor of St. Michael's Ukrainian Church in Kingston, passed away this night in New York

  • 24 December 2010, 12:41 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Christmas in Ukraine

    Ukraine celebrates Christmas on January 7. A Christmas tree on Independence Square in Kiev doubles as a New Year's tree. While celebrating Christmas was not accepted during much of the 20th century, an increasing number of families celebrate Christmas in Ukraine.

  • 24 December 2010, 12:13 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Hunt for tales of Lviv castles this winter

    Some 75 kilometers from Lviv, which itself initially developed as a fortress city, one of the region’s best-known and loveliest castles is Olesko.

  • 23 December 2010, 12:30 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Patriarch Bartholomew Defends Ecumenical Dialogue

    The Ecumenical Patriarch defends the choice of dialogue with Catholics, Jews and Muslims, despite criticisms from some sectors of Orthodox traditionalists.

  • 21 December 2010, 12:38 | Kaleidoscope-digest

    In saving Jewish remnants in Galicia, an effort to enlist Ukrainians

    As part of efforts to recover the world that once was in these towns and shtetls, where some 1 million Jews lived before the Holocaust, the researchers are partnering with Ukrainian academics. The idea is not only to boost the level of scholarship but to highlight to Ukrainian locals a Jewish past that spanned centuries but is rarely remembered publicly in the country.

  • 16 December 2010, 16:36 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Projection: Who Were the Victims in the Ukraine?

    This is an important story, for it instructs us in how Jews can consign their own murderous behavior to a trip down the memory hole, all the while blaming their victims for atrocities against Jews. This kind of projection of genocide needs to be exposed.

  • 10 December 2010, 13:56 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    St Joasaph the Bishop of Belgorod

    Saint Joasaph was born at Proluka, in the former Poltava governance, on September 8, 1705, the Feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos. He was descended from the old and venerable Little Russian (Ukrainian) lineage of the Gorlenkovi. At Baptism he was named Joachim.

  • 7 December 2010, 14:07 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Wooden churches must be saved

    There are approximately 2,000 wooden churches in Ukraine. They are unique monuments of national architecture, most of which have no analogues anywhere in the world. Eight of them are nominated for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Many churches are in need of repair or restoration. Some are in a catastrophic state. But the state is reluctant to allocate funds for their renovation.

  • 3 December 2010, 15:06 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew speaks on unity

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is underlining the value of unity with the Catholic Church, but is pointing out that truth must be its foundation.

  • 3 December 2010, 14:53 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Beautiful churches, but upkeep costly

    Some old Saskatchewan churches have been carefully preserved, others have been abandoned to the elements

  • 25 November 2010, 16:19 | Kaleidoscope-digest

    Great Spirits, or Being faithful to one’s heritage

    November 22 (Old Style) is the birthday of Hryhorii Sko­voroda. It is not a special anniversary, and yet… He is Ukraine’s greatest philosopher of all times, a unique person whose research helped our nation preserve the true freedom of spirit in the worst times of­fo­reign despotic oppression. Therefore this date is socially significant by definition.

  • 25 November 2010, 15:51 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Russia and Ukraine making costly mistake by positioning themselves as Orthodox states

    Russia and Ukraine, by falling for the temptation to position themselves as Orthodox countries, are creating serious problems for themselves both at home and abroad and perhaps equally important giving up the opportunity to expand ties with Turkey and other Muslim states against the United States and Europe, a Moscow commentator says.

  • 24 November 2010, 14:03 | Kaleidoscope-digest

    Jubileum of the Metropolitan Volodymyr

    Taking part in the celebration were bishops and clerics of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, delegations from the Local Orthodox Churches, and representatives of state authorities and public circles of Ukraine.

  • 23 November 2010, 15:09 | Kaleidoscope-digest | 

    Is Russia entering an era of modular Christianity?

    In order to radically expand the number of Russian Orthodox churches and to ensure that urban Russians will have a church to go to within walking distance, the Moscow Patriarchate has launched a program to build modular churches first in Moscow and hten elsewhere.

  • 22 November 2010, 13:40 | Kaleidoscope-digest

    His Holiness Filaret Holds Meetings in Washington, DC

    His Holiness’ meetings in Washington, DC were arranged by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and its Washington DC bureau – the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS).