• 9 February 2019, 18:55 | Monitoring

    Mennonite witness amid suffering and hope in Ukraine

    In a region of Ukraine that thousands of Mennonites left generations ago, two dozen of today’s Mennonite leaders from across Europe gathered for three days of fellowship in October. Hosted by Ukrainian leaders from Mennonite Brethren churches, meetings in the city of Zaporizhzhia included participants from Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Lithuania and Ukraine.

  • 6 February 2019, 19:38 | Monitoring

    Why drive for independence of Ukraine’s church matters to Rome too

    Let’s make one thing clear at the outset: It takes a special kind of chutzpah for the Patriarch of Moscow to complain that his bishops and clergy are being subjected to pressure, intimidation and even “persecution” from the state in today’s Ukraine.

  • 4 February 2019, 20:12 | Monitoring

    His Beatitude Sviatoslav: Unity of Catholics and Orthodox is not utopian thinking

    "Every effort must be made to restore the original unity of the Church of Kyiv in its Orthodox and Catholic branches".

  • 4 February 2019, 14:33 | Society-digest | 

    The Transformation of the “Eastern Lung”

    Though almost no one in the West has taken notice, there has been a recent development important for all of global Christianity. A new Autocephalous Church of Ukraine was created during the Kyiv Orthodox Church Synod on November 15, 2018 – a move that has been welcomed by the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

  • 1 February 2019, 16:40 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada gathers to discuss abuse of minors by clergy

    Bishops from across Canada and/or their representatives and others experts gathered at the Chancery of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg to discuss and deal with the tragic issue that has rocked the Catholic world – the abuse of minors by clergy. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a new document on the question, entitled, “Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation“. All eparchies, dioceses and religious/monastic communities now want to be certain that their policies that regard abuse with the goal of ensuring a safe environment are updated to conform with the decision of Canada’s Bishops.

  • 31 January 2019, 11:04 | Monitoring

    The New Head of Ukraine’s Church Council Is a Brooklyn-Born Rabbi

    Observers of international politics have been captivated by the geopolitical maneuvering currently going on within Orthodox Christendom, as a national Ukrainian church fulfills its long-held dream of separating from under Moscow’s domination. What few have noticed, however, is that the incumbent head of the ecumenical council overseeing church matters in Ukraine is not a priest but a rabbi.

  • 28 January 2019, 15:26 | Monitoring

    UGCC's Fr. Peter Galadza, interviewed by CBC Radio of Canada Regarding Autocephaly for Orthodox Church in Ukraine

    CBC Ottawa contacted Fr. Peter Galadza with a request for commentary on the granting of a decree of self-governance to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

  • 25 January 2019, 12:20 | Monitoring

    CRIMEA: Four years in jail for mosque meetings

    Crimea's Supreme Court jailed 49-year-old Muslim Renat Suleimanov for four years for meeting with others in mosques to discuss their faith. Three others were given suspended sentences. All were accused of membership of the Tabligh Jamaat missionary movement, banned in Russia. All denied any "extremism".

  • 23 January 2019, 12:04 | Monitoring

    Konstantin Sigov: The Church in Kyiv, local charity and global Christianity

    The great Ukrainian scholar defends the election of metropolitan Epifaniy and autocephaly as a flight from "post-Soviet Egypt" and "ideological slavery" under Moscow. Addressing the problems of the population, in a situation of war that has lasted five years, will also help to unite with priests and bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate.

  • 21 January 2019, 18:37 | Monitoring

    Ukrainian delegation headed by Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars hold meetings in Qatar

    Ukrainian delegation headed by Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars Mustafa Jemilev paid a visit to the State of Qatar to participate in the 18th Doha Forum, which is carried out under the patronage of Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Al Thani.

  • 18 January 2019, 06:46 | Monitoring

    UGCC in Australia: CYM and Plast Camps important community-building experiences

    Over 450 people attended CYM and Plast Camps over the Christmas holidays

  • 17 January 2019, 02:50 | Monitoring

    A Way Out of The Orthodox Church's Present Crisis

    Before the passions presently troubling Orthodox Christians spin out of control, in this article I wish to set forth how I see current developments in the Orthodox Church and to offer my proposals for a way out of the crisis. I have written several books which study the older and recent history of the Orthodox Church closely, both in France and around the world, and I have lived a long time in Ukraine and Russia, two countries in conflict today and situated at the epicentre of the present crisis. Also because of the friendship that I feel for Christians in the different Churches in conflict today, I believe that it’s my responsibility as an Orthodox Christian to share my opinion without, of course, claiming any exhaustiveness whatever.

  • 14 January 2019, 14:59 | Monitoring

    Bishop of UGCC Eparchy visits Utah congregation

    It had been at least two years since the Ukrainian Catholics in Utah have had a priest to celebrate their liturgy, said Oryslava Sorensen, adding that it was “incredible” to have the bishop celebrate the Christmas liturgy.

  • 12 January 2019, 18:39 | Society-digest | 

    CRIMEA: "Anti-missionary" prosecutions double in 2018

    Compared to the first year they were implemented, punishments in Russian-occupied Crimea for ill-defined "missionary activity" doubled in 2018. Of 23 prosecutions for sharing faith or holding worship at unapproved venues, 19 ended in punishment. Also, 17 cases were brought for communities not using their full legal name.

  • 11 January 2019, 20:12 | Monitoring

    Donetsk pastor speaks out about Ukrainian Donbas’ struggle against Russian aggression

    Ukrainians from Donbas, many of whom have paid a huge price for their courage and commitment to Ukraine, are tired of stereotypes about Donbas residents being ‘pro-Russian’ and claims that they brought the events of the last five years upon themselves. It was to set the record straight that Sergey Kosyak, a Ukrainian pastor, volunteer and one of the coordinators of the Donetsk Prayer Marathon, decided to publish an important book chronicling resistance to Russia’s aggression.

  • 9 January 2019, 20:15 | Monitoring

    Amos Oz And The Rabbi of Rivne

    Amos Oz, the Israeli writer, novelist and journalist who won numerous awards for his books which were translated into some 45 languages, died on December 28. In the last years of his life, he formed an unexpected friendship with a Chabad rabbi.

  • 7 January 2019, 20:40 | Monitoring

    How Catholic universities can manage themselves in society: thoughts from the Ukrainian Catholic University

    It is often not clear why Catholic universities exist, what distinguishes them from other universities. What happens when the salt loses its seasoning, in Biblical terms. How do you stay salty?

  • 31 December 2018, 15:32 | Monitoring

    Through Baptist seminary in Ukraine, North Carolina missionary trains Ukrainian believers to plant churches among unreached in Central Asia, Poland

    In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago. And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board worker and Ukrainian believers -- along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church -- want to help locals find a hope that transcends the uncertainty of war.

  • 30 December 2018, 14:01 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    Old wine in new bottles: how bad habits derailed Ukrainian Church unification – interview with Cyril Hovorun

    Generally speaking, it is certainly a very positive event. It fulfilled a long-lasting process of granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church. The Tomos for autocephaly could not be granted to any of the existing Churches.

  • 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.