• 10 December 2010, 13:04 | Religious-digest | 

    Jews mark festival of lights, Hanukkah

    The eight-day Hebrew holiday is often confused with Jewish New Year, as it usually occurs in winter. In practice though, Hanukkah has nothing to do with the new calendar and doesn’t require presents. Often called the Festival of Lights, it comes from the battle for the Jewish temple between the Syrian-Greek soldiers and the Jewish army in the second century BC.

  • 1 December 2010, 12:58 | Religious-digest | 

    Orthodox Theologians at the Warsaw University

    The theme of the conference was the legacy of three major Orthodox figures – the patron of the conference, St. Gregory Peradze, fr. George Klinger and metropolitan Dionysius (Waledy?ski).

  • 1 December 2010, 12:54 | Religious-digest | 

    Kazakhstani Catholics & Orthodox receive St. Andrew's relics

    Benedict XVI's secretary of state is in Kazakhstan delivering relics of the Apostle St. Andrew to both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches there.

  • 26 November 2010, 12:32 | Religious-digest

    Repose of St Innocent the first Bishop of Irkutsk

    Saint Innocent, Bishop of Irkutsk, (in the world John) was descended from the noble Kulchitsky family. His parents moved from Volhynia to the Chernigov region in the mid-seventeenth century. The saint was born in about the year 1680, and educated at the Kiev Spiritual Academy. He accepted monastic tonsure in 1710 and was appointed an instructor at the Moscow Slavonic-Greek-Latin Academy as prefect and professor of theology.

  • 28 October 2010, 15:45 | Religious-digest

    A Humble Call for Unity of Orthodoxy in Ukraine

    The Ukrainian Orthodoxy is now divided into UOC- MP, UOC-KP, UAOC and UOC-Cannonical, where UOC – MP remains the only Canonical Church. Dialogues are being initiated between UOC-MP and UOC- KP which has generated some hope. UAOC have also taken steps by sending request to Ecumenical Patriarchate in order to get accepted into the canonical league which is well and good.

  • 25 October 2010, 11:20 | Religious-digest

    Moscow Patriarchate Faces ‘Parade of Sovereignties’ Within Orthodoxy

    The issue of autocephaly has been a highly contentious one because it calls into question the universalism of the church, but over the last 150 years, Venediktov says, Orthodoxy has generally been moving toward the view that “church autocephaly should follow the political independence of the state.”

  • 13 October 2010, 14:52 | Society-digest | 

    Ukraine: Return to tyranny – Ukrainian authorities refuse to recognize Church property

    The Catholics in the Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk are in shock. For 20 years now they have been fighting for the restitution of the church of Saint Joseph, in the heart of this major metropolis on the River Dnieper. In 2009 the Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine had finally found definitively in their favour - a decision confirmed again in January 2010 by the Judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

  • 5 October 2010, 16:18 | Religious-digest

    Hare krishna as they are

    Several Krishna worshipping families have lived in the former Raduga pioneer camp in the Dnipropetrovsk oblast for five years now. These people gave up all comforts and amenities of civilization, settled in the thick of the woods and began living according to their own laws, to be more precise, according to the laws of their religion.

  • 29 September 2010, 16:40 | Religious-digest | 

    Russia's challenge to Christian unity

    The Catholic-Orthodox theological discussions, taking place in Vienna this week, hit a snag when the leader of the Russian Orthodox delegation lodged an emphatic dissent against the consensus that the early, undivided Church recognized the primacy of the Bishop of Rome.

  • 28 September 2010, 12:35 | Religious-digest

    Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate believes there is no grounds for building a Greek Catholic cathedral in the city

    The Odessa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church believes there is no grounds for building a Greek Catholic cathedral in the city and such plans have aggressive political backgrounds.

  • 17 September 2010, 16:46 | Religious-digest

    Hasidic Jews make pilgrimage to Uman, but locals complain

    The annual pilgrimage is clouded accusations of Uman residents that the Hassids are more interested in partying than praying.

  • 10 September 2010, 18:27 | Religious-digest

    Jewish New Year celebration begins

    Pomegranate is one of the holiest foods in the Judaism. According to Jewish tradition, the number of seeds in one fruit matches 613 commandments in the Torah, the religion's core book, making it a popular fruit to eat during the Jewish New Year.

  • 8 September 2010, 16:36 | Religious-digest

    ‘Every facet of Judaism’ at gathering around Rabbi’s grave

    Trance music, stalls selling felafel... and some very perplexed Ukrainian locals as hundreds arrive in Uman to mark 200th anniversary of Rabbi Nahman's death.

  • 2 September 2010, 11:14 | Religious-digest | 

    Lutsk where the centuries meet

    This town is way different from other ancient Ukrainian cities. It does not have the proud superiority of Lviv, the capital glare of Kyiv or the market buzz of Khmelnytskiy.

  • 30 August 2010, 14:17 | Religious-digest

    Mormons flock to Kiev for temple dedication

    Nobody will dare confuse it with Salt Lake City, but the Ukrainian capital city has seen a noticeable upswing in the number of out-of-town and out-of-country visitors this weekend, many sporting white shirts and ties or dresses and stopping by sites of interest to LDS Church members, as well as the typical tourist stops.

  • 26 August 2010, 12:34 | Religious-digest | 

    One step from sainthood for martyred Bishop

    St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church houses a museum and shrine to Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky, a bishop who was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2001. Work is currently underway to have him canonized as a saint.

  • 23 August 2010, 16:10 | Religious-digest

    Summer salvation

    Every Orthodox church was filled on Aug. 14 with religious people who came to pray for the seven holy Maccabee martyrs and their mother Solomonia, who died for their faith.

  • 21 July 2010, 12:11 | Religious-digest

    Press-Conference Dedicated to Patriarch Kirill’s Visit to Ukraine Held at Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra

    The press-conference was dedicated to the visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine that will begin on Tuesday, July 20.

  • 15 April 2010, 09:59 | Religious-digest

    Russian Catholics pray for repose of Polish brothers killed in Smolensk air crash

    Interfax, April 12, 2010

  • 15 April 2010, 08:36 | Religious-digest

    Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Theodore mourn over people killed in Smolensk air crash

    Interfax, April 12, 2010