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  • 8 February 2019, 12:03 | Scandals, crime | 

    UOC-MP Metropolitan asked Putin to pardon Russian criminal leader

    The real purpose of the visit of Metropolitan Varfolomiy of Rivne and Ostroh of the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate to Moscow was not to participate in the events of the 10th anniversary of Patriarch Kirill's enthronement, but a meeting with the President of the Russian Federation in order to request pardon for a head of one of the most influential Russian gangs Finagin Sergei Viktorovich, dubbed in the criminal world as “Fin”), a leader of the criminal Kingisepp group, which arose in 1992 in Moscow. This is reported by the site Rivnenski Novyny (Rivne news) with a link to blog.meta.ua.

  • 7 February 2019, 13:12 | Freedom of Conscience | 

    US to foster protection of believers’ rights in the occupied territories of Ukraine

    Special US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Samuel Brownback, assured the Ukrainian delegation of his support of the right of believers living in the occupied territories of Ukraine to freely confess their beliefs and convictions.

  • 7 February 2019, 11:48 | Religion and society | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav: there is great interest in UGCC in Central and Eastern Ukraine

    In the Central and Eastern Ukraine, a positive outbreak of activity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church can be observed. There is a special interest in our Church. However, we lack priests to answer these people's needs.

  • 5 February 2019, 11:50 | Moscow Patriarchy | 

    Georgian theologian says ROC trying to discredit bishops who support Ukraine

    The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is trying to discredit Georgian bishops who support autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

  • 5 February 2019, 10:20 | Religion and policy | 

    Russian political scientist: Russia won't wage war on Ukraine over church issue, it waits for regime change

    The Kremlin counts on the change of power in Ukraine after the election, therefore, the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin that “Russia reserves the right to respond to the encroachment on the freedom of religion of the inhabitants of Ukraine” is unlikely to lead to military escalation over the coming months. This opinion was expressed in a comment to the publication Gordon by Russian political scientist Andriy Piontkovsky.

  • 1 February 2019, 10:22 | Religion and policy | 

    Putin ready to defend “canonical Orthodox” in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia reserves the right to respond in the event of a threat of violations of the right to freedom of religion in neighboring countries.

  • 1 February 2019, 09:43 | Social questioning | 

    Majority of Orthodox Ukrainians identify themselves as OCU faithful

    The vast majority of Ukrainians who consider themselves Orthodox faithful claim allegiance to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, led by Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine.

  • 31 January 2019, 11:25 | Religion and society | 

    Yelensky: mobile groups of UOC-MP travel across Ukraine to exert pressure on parishioners

    Mobile groups of the Moscow Patriarchate -- with so-called physical protection units that do not allow believers to exercise their will -- are currently criss crossing Ukraine.

  • 30 January 2019, 10:40 | Charity, social service | 

    UGCC chaplains announce fundraising campaign to buy premises for Lviv Orphan Care Center

    The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church-run Orphan Care Center raises funds for the purchase of premises in Lviv, which the Lviv Regional Council has auctioned. The room is located on 7 Korolenko street and costs more than UAH 29 million.

  • 29 January 2019, 13:20 | Religion and policy | 

    Secret documents showcase Russian influence on Bulgarian Church, according to Atanas Čobanov

    Among the secret documents published online by the project DDoSecrets, one can find those confirming Russian attempts of influence the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. Chief editor of the Bulgarian portal Bivol, Atanas Čobanov said it on air of Hromadske.

  • 28 January 2019, 12:00 | Religion and policy | 

    Head of UGCC gave advice to presidential candidates

    During his Sunday sermon at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Sviatoslav touched on the issues of politics and the 2019 election race that is gaining momentum in Ukraine. The first hierarch pointed to mistakes that modern politicians are making in trying to be “successful”.

  • 24 January 2019, 09:42 | Religion and society | 

    Guide for voting at 2019 elections developed by Evangelical Christian Baptists

    All-Ukrainian Union of Churches of Evangelical Christian Baptists published a guide for Ukrainians Elections-2019: Whom To Choose? The document, signed by the Head of the ACC, Valerii Antoniuk, sets out 5 criteria according to which Christians, as conscious citizens of the country, should make a right choice of candidates for public offices.

  • 22 January 2019, 15:52 | Scandals, crime | 

    US hooligans detained in Uman after breaking Jesus sculpture’s feet

    On January 21, at the request of the Uman local prosecutor's office, the Uman district court ordered a custodial security measure for two US citizens, who on January 19 partially destroyed the gypsum sculpture of Jesus Christ on the shore near the Megometr plant, 04744.info reports.

  • 22 January 2019, 11:03 | Religious intolerance and vandalism | 

    UOC-MP priest drives ATO soldier’s daughter out of church for being baptized in UGCC and praying in Ukrainian

    In the town of Bershad, Vinnytsya Oblast, a priest of the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate drove out of the church a woman who was baptized in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and prayed in Ukrainian, not allowing her to become a godmother for a newborn child.

  • 16 January 2019, 12:12 | Scandals, crime | 

    Village council chairman held hostage by UOC MP priest supported by unknown persons in Volyn region

    Unknown persons led by a clergyman of the UOC-MP have blocked the chairman and the secretary in the village council premises in the village of Bronnitsy, Kamin-Kashirsky District, in Volyn. They demand to see the lists of people who voted for their parish to change jurisdiction to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 11 January 2019, 11:52 | Religion and society | 

    Tetyana Derkach: Everybody saw that “church schism” promised by ROC is hoax

    The Russian Orthodox Church was hoping to disrupt the situation of the OCU, they wanted to influence the consciousness of parishioners. They were preparing for the clashes between parishes. But now, Russia is not backed by the troops it was counting on.

  • 11 January 2019, 11:40 | Religion and policy | 

    Russian propagandist: ROC to be demonstratively and painfully beaten

    In Russia, they believe that the Russian Orthodox Church and the ideology of the Russian world may disappear forever as the Kremlin's positions weaken. And it was triggered by the Tomos of autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 6 January 2019, 21:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christmas greetings from Fener

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Epifaniy and President Petro Poroshenko greeted Ukrainians with Christmas.

  • 28 December 2018, 14:55 | Social questioning | 

    Poll results: Tomos becomes event of the year

    On December 25th, a field sociological survey was held this year. According to it, the central event of the year in Ukraine was the unification of the Churches.

  • 28 December 2018, 12:17 | Religion and policy | 

    Analysts: Moscow Patriarchate readies new provocations before elections

    On the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections, the Moscow Patriarchate will try to come up with provocations because they need to “save the face.” This opinion was expressed by the political technologist Oleksiy Holobutsky and religious expert Dmytro Horyevoy, according to Vholos, a media outlet. This is reported by TV Channel 24.