• 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.

  • 3 December 2018, 10:21 | Monitoring

    CRIMEA: Up to 10 years' jail for Muslims, Jehovah's Witness?

    In "extremism" criminal cases opened by Russia's FSB in occupied Crimea, four Muslims face imminent trial, while Jehovah's Witness Sergei Filatov is under investigation. They face up to 10 years' jail. The Muslims "simply gathered in the local mosque to discuss religious questions", a lawyer stated. "We simply ask the authorities to respect our rights to meet together and read the Bible," Filatov told Forum 18.

  • 30 November 2018, 11:39 | Monitoring

    BBC interview with pro-Ukrainian autocephaly Metropolitan Sophroniy of Cherkasy and Kaniv

    Following this interview, President Poroshenko thanked Metropolitan Sophroniy with these words: “I would like to thank you for this very thorough, very frank, and masterful interview. It comes from a sincere religious man who loves Ukraine very much, who loves the Cherkasy region very much, who’s been building churches there and who takes into consideration the future of the Ukrainian Church, the future of the local Ukrainian autocephalous Orthodox Church. A big thank you for your hard work”.

  • 28 November 2018, 09:21 | Monitoring

    Kyiv orchestra brings mission to Texas on its 13th North American tour

    The mission of the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is bigger than the music it will present Tuesday when the group performs at Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas. It aims is to use the sacred classics to introduce the gospel to the country of Ukraine and the world, and feed over 515 widows every week along the way. Much of the music the group performs is based around classical spiritual music by Bach and Beethoven, for instance, but there also are African and African-American spirituals.

  • 26 November 2018, 11:21 | Monitoring

    Ukrainians are among container ship seafarers served by Pacific Seafarers Mission at US's second-largest container port

    About 2,000 ships that can be as long as four football fields each, and carry 9,000 or more 40-foot containers, enter the Port of Long Beach every year, each vessel with fewer than 25 crew members. The crew, who have been 15 to 20 days crossing the Pacific from Asia, are in port less than 24 hours, and without visas or a chaperone trusted by the government, they must stay aboard ship.

  • 23 November 2018, 10:25 | Monitoring

    Russia uses collaborators for its plans to ‘nationalize’ property of the persecuted Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The occupation authorities in Crimea appear to be planning to steal the property of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people, while describing this as ‘nationalization’. Russia is refusing to comply with a direct order from the UN’s International Court of Justice to withdraw its ban of the Mejlis, Instead it claims that a fake Qurultay, or national congress organized on 27 October by the Muftiate, which has chosen to collaborate with the Russian occupiers, speaks for the Crimean Tatar people.

  • 21 November 2018, 18:07 | Monitoring

    Reflections of an American from a pilgrimage to Ukraine organized by Mennonite Heritage Cruise

    Women in Odesa, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Dnipro and Kyiv adorn themselves in the colors and fragrances of happy gardens that belie Ukraine’s brutal history. Men without shirts in the villages of what had been the Mennonite colony of Molotschna greet busloads of camera-laden pilgrims with welcoming smiles and generous offerings of honey from their hives.

  • 19 November 2018, 11:21 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    Special agent Yurek: why Primate of Polish Orthodox Church opposes Ukrainian autocephaly

    A reputable Polish media outlet, Rzeczypospolità, has published a dissertation about the links between the Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland and other Orthodox hierarchs of the country with the Special Forces of the Polish People's Republic, from which it became known that Metropolitan Sawa of the Polish Orthodox Church is nobody else than a special agent Yurek.