Society-digest

  • 9 October 2018, 12:45 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian Autocephaly and European Security

    Ukraine has inched close to achieving independence for its church. It may seem strange to some, but unfortunately by the fifth year of the war, a significant part of the Orthodox Christians in Ukraine remain under Moscow’s control. How do these matters of spirit influence the security of the region, and how does that reflect on international relations?

  • 8 October 2018, 14:32 | Monitoring

    Russia-Ukraine Tensions Set Up the Biggest Christian Schism Since 1054

    Vyacheslav Gorshkov, who teaches the catechism at a Kyiv cathedral, was among the majority of Orthodox Christians in Ukraine who had reconciled themselves to the fact that their church answers to the Russian Orthodox patriarch in Moscow. No longer.

  • 5 October 2018, 09:27 | Monitoring

    Baptist pastor finds calling in post-Holocaust cemeteries

    Steven Reece pulls a shield over his face, takes a weed whacker in hand, and begins trimming tall grass in an overgrown, tick-infested Jewish cemetery in western Ukraine where tombstones lie toppled and broken.

  • 4 October 2018, 11:41 | Society-digest | 

    The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Ukraine: The Documents Speak

    In the context of the study undertaken by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for the granting of the ecclesiastical status of autocephaly to Ukraine, various opinions have been formulated—even by representatives of official institutions—expressing misgiving about the canonical prerogative of the Church of Constantinople to proceed with such an act.

  • 3 October 2018, 08:45 | Monitoring

    Spiritual capital: why Ukraine is breaking from Russia’s Orthodox Church

    The Ukrainian government has promised its citizens a new, independent Orthodox Church that will unite Ukrainian believers. But bringing several denominations together is harder than you think.

  • 1 October 2018, 22:06 | Monitoring

    Artificial intelligence can now decipher 11th-century graffiti adorning the walls of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kyiv

    The gold-capped spires of St. Sophia’s Cathedral tower over the landscape of Ukraine’s capital as one of the city’s most significant historical sites. The 11th-century house of worship provides a monumental reminder of Kyiv’s spot at the crossroads of East and West, as well as surprising insights into the everyday lives of Kyiv’s residents: Some 300 pieces of medieval graffiti scrawled on its walls capture a community’s daydreams and worries, from a forlorn young woman’s hopes of attracting a male suitor to condemnations of thieves and sketches of cats.

  • 27 September 2018, 11:16 | Society-digest | 

    Preparations for independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church cause tensions

    The Ukrainian Orthodox Church seems on the verge of achieving independent status, a development straining ties between the Patriarchs of Constantinople and Moscow.

  • 18 September 2018, 11:39 | Monitoring

    Archbishop of Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and Diaspora travels to Brazil to participate in local church anniversaries

    As the nation of Brazil prepared to celebrate 196th Anniversary of Independence, the Ukrainian Orthodox communities of South America: Brazil, Paraguay and Argentine entered into their own celebration, sharing the joy of historical legacy of Brazil with the Ukrainian-Brazilian community.

  • 17 September 2018, 12:54 | Monitoring

    Ontario,Canada-based Loads of Love Humanitarian Aid and Mission Society has been helping Ukrainian orphans for decades

    When Ed Dickson stepped into an orphanage in Dnipro, Ukraine 22 years ago, the “horrendous” conditions he said he witnessed pushed him to find ways to help the children. Decades after, they had three children win silver or bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

  • 17 September 2018, 09:16 | Society-digest | view photo | view video | 

    Patriarch Filaret: we are ready to accept all hierarchs of the UOC-MP to the new Local Church

    Patriarch Filaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate declared readiness to accept the bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to the new Local Church

  • 14 September 2018, 14:49 | Monitoring

    Odessa, the Cradle of Israeli Culture, Enjoys a Jewish Renaissance

    The Ukrainian port city of Odessa, once home to hundreds of thousands of Jews, is experiencing a ‘golden age’ - with modern Israel proving an unlikely inspiration

  • 12 September 2018, 18:54 | Monitoring

    Making Sense of Autocephaly in the Ukrainian Church

    In the Orthodox world, two pieces of news are currently featured from the recent meeting of the assembly of bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate: the implementation of autocephaly for the Church in Ukraine, and a mechanism for widowed priests and those abandoned by their wives to marry a second time without leaving the priesthood. Here, I will explain why the autocephaly for the Ukrainian Church is newsworthy.

  • 11 September 2018, 08:22 | Monitoring

    SMS donations to charity now available in Ukraine

    Donating to a charity in Ukraine is now as easy as sending a text from a cellphone – literally. A service that allows users to send Hr 5, 10 or 20 to Ukrainian charities via SMS was launched on Aug. 1. Ukrainian parliament passed the law that enabled SMS donations in October of 2016, but the cellular companies needed almost two years to set up the service technically.

  • 8 September 2018, 18:49 | Monitoring

    Kirill and Bartholomew at odds over Ukraine

    'The stubbornness of the Moscow Patriarchate has caused the division which the people of Ukraine still suffer' said Bartholomew. The Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch has defended his right to settle church disputes in Ukraine, after meeting Patriarch Kirill of Russia to discuss demands for an autocephalous, or self-governing Ukrainian church.

  • 2 September 2018, 12:01 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Archbishop Participates in Synaxis of Hierarchs of The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

    For five days (31 August - September 4, 2018), His Eminence Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA along with over 100 Orthodox Metropolitans and Archbishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate from all over the world gathered in Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) in order to participate in a Synaxis (Assembly) of the Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate convened upon the invitation and under the Presidency of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

  • 2 September 2018, 11:20 | Society-digest | 

    Kremlin-backed Donbas militants follow Russia in persecuting the Jehovah’s Witnesses

    The self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] has banned virtually all material published by the Jehovah’s Witness, claiming it to be ‘extremist’.

  • 2 September 2018, 09:14 | Monitoring

    Baptist church founded in Saskatchewan by Ukrainian immigrants to Canada over 100 years ago, closes

    On July 15, the final Sunday service of worship and celebration was held at Hyas Baptist Church, culminating ministry in this area for over 100 years. It was early in the 1900’s that recent immigrants from Ukraine and Russia settled and desired to gather together for worship. They were Christians who experienced persecution in their homelands and were making a fresh start in Canada where they could practice their faith freely.

  • 31 August 2018, 18:24 | Monitoring

    Ukraine’s Beit Chana Institute Opens High School and Master’s Program

    This summer FJC’s International Pedagogic Institute “Beit Chana” in Dnipro, Ukraine is drastically expanding its scope of activity by opening a master’s and a high school program.

  • 29 August 2018, 11:17 | Monitoring

    Moscow, Kyiv in tug-of-war over religious future of Ukraine

    As Kyiv and Moscow clash on the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, a new front has opened up in the religious sphere. Earlier this year Ukrainian’s president launched a campaign to persuade Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, seen by many as the first among equals of Eastern Orthodox leaders, to grant Ukrainian clerics full ecclesiastical independence from the Russian Orthodox Church to which they have been tied for hundreds of years.

  • 28 August 2018, 08:55 | Monitoring

    Russian hackers target pro-Ukrainian religious leaders in Ukraine and internationally

    The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found, illustrating the high stakes as Kiev and Moscow wrestle over the religious future of Ukraine.