• 18 February 2019, 20:16 | Monitoring

    'It's beautiful to be Ukrainian': Manitobans ring in Orthodox Christmas with host of traditions

    Andriy Michalchyshyn, who plays in local Ukrainian folk-punk band, Zrada, celebrates by gathering with his family to eat 12 meatless dishes, which represent the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ.

  • 18 February 2019, 15:20 | Society-digest | 

    To lead by listening to the Lord and my brothers and sisters

    Interview with Bishop Borys Gudziak. We asked him to describe his reactions to the nomination, summarize the years of his service in the Paris Eparchy, and articulate his hopes and dreams for a new mission in the land of his birth.

  • 15 February 2019, 15:11 | Monitoring

    Ukraine: More than a new pair of shoes

    I have always had a special love and passion for children. When I first heard about a mission trip to Ukraine, I immediately felt called to go. I saw no better way to spend my Christmas break than to share Jesus with orphans.

  • 13 February 2019, 11:58 | Monitoring

    How 'Pope for Ukraine' aims to help displaced families

    Pope for Ukraine is a Vatican initiative that aims to collaborate with non-Catholic entities to respond to the emergency humanitarian situation amid conflict in eastern Ukraine.

  • 12 February 2019, 14:43 | Monitoring

    Sign Petition: Ten Theses for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine

    On the eve of the enthronement of Metropolitan Epiphanius (February 3, 2019), an initiative group of priests and laity from the Orthodox Church of Ukraine published a document with proposals for an agenda for the newly created autocephalous Church, which would help it to perform its vocation better in the present circumstances.

  • 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.