• 4 May 2020, 20:47 | Religious-digest | view photo | 

    A Vatican Memo, Sheptytsky, and the Holocaust

    Recently, a German scholar, Hubert Wolf, gave a "spoiler" interview in which he spoke of previously unearthed documents from Vatican archival collections of 1939–1958, which had been opened briefly this past March. I myself had an opportunity to view some of the newly available files before Italy and te Vatican shut down, due to the Coronavirus quarantine.

  • 28 January 2020, 16:53 | Religious-digest | view photo | 

    Praying in Secret: What Ukraine's Underground Church Teaches Us Today

    In history classes across the United States, students are taught that the persecution of Christians was foundational to the independence of this country. But after almost a quarter millennium, the majority of evangelical Christians still believe Christians experience discrimination.

  • 23 November 2016, 13:39 | Religious-digest | 

    Saint Sophia's graffiti: what medieval Ukrainians asked God for

  • 15 August 2016, 13:10 | Religious-digest | 

    Mennonites: German diaspora in southern Ukraine

    In the late eighteenth century, as a result of numerous wars with Turkey, Russia gained access to the Black Sea and gained a foothold on its northern shores.

  • 10 March 2014, 11:11 | Religious-digest | 

    Don’t let Russia abuse Crimean history

    As the international crisis over Crimea’s status escalates, the fate of the Crimean Tatars has been nearly absent from the discussion. The West has essentially accepted a manipulation of history: According to the Russian narrative, Crimea is a traditional Russian territory with an overwhelming Russian population, whimsically transferred to Ukraine by Nikita Khrushchev in 1954.

  • 21 August 2012, 16:10 | Religious-digest | 

    Profiles of Eastern churches: The Orthodox Church of Ukraine

    Confusion characterizes Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine. Not one but three groups claim legitimacy as the national church of the predominantly Eastern Christian country.

  • 9 July 2012, 19:32 | Religious-digest | 

    Charles Taylor: “There is no single religion or ideology which covers everybody”

    I think in modern Western society there are a plurality of faiths and that these have very profound effects, but they are not, not by being the understanding by which everybody it is, because that’s not the case, there is no single understanding, but in our democracies we have these basic principles, and we have to have people who really believe in them and hold to them.

  • 26 January 2012, 13:05 | Religious-digest | 

    Chicago area churches hold Prayer Vigil for Life

    January 23, 2012 marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that removed many state and federal restrictions on abortion.

  • 23 January 2012, 11:10 | Society-digest | 

    A first for Canada

    International Ukrainian Catholic bishops coming to Manitoba for synod

  • 23 November 2011, 17:37 | Religious-digest | 

    A Brief History of Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving Day is a truly great American holiday. It commemorates a series of events which took place in the 17th Century. It was on December 11, 1620 that the Pilgrims set ground on Plymouth Rock.

  • 23 November 2011, 17:09 | Religious studies | 


    A Review of Trends in Contemporary Islam in the Crimea

  • 25 July 2011, 16:19 | Religious-digest | 

    Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Olga

    Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Olga was the spouse of the Kiev GreatPrince Igor. The struggle of Christianity with paganism under Igor and Olga, who reigned after Oleg (+ 912), entered into a new phase.

  • 6 June 2011, 13:32 | Religious-digest | 

    Historic Ukrainian Wedding Pairs Soviet Dissidents’ Great-Grandchildren

    A Jewish wedding underway in Dnepropetrovsk is uniting two families whose patriarchs were once considered dissidents by the very government that now embraces the religious revival taking place throughout Ukraine’s third-largest city.

  • 11 February 2011, 15:14 | Religious-digest | 

    Glorious Ukrainian Martyrs, Victims of Communist Barbarity

    The Ukrainian Church is the largest of the eastern rite Churches in union with Rome. They number five million faithful. At the beatification process of the martyr Saint Josaphat, born in Volodymyr (Ukraine) in 1643, whom we must remember is the Church’s official patron saint of unity, Pope Urban VIII uttered these prophetic words: “Oh my Ukrainians, I look to you to convert the East.”

  • 9 February 2011, 16:04 | Religious-digest | 

    Abp. Hilarion interviewed by National Catholic Register

    There’s been encouraging — sometimes tantalizing — news in recent years about the growing potential for Catholic-Orthodox unification. Pope Benedict XVI is said to be viewed more favorably by the Orthodox than his predecessor. The Catholic Archbishop of Moscow exclaimed in 2009 that unity with the Orthodox could be achieved “within months.” And the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation issued a document last October that envisions practical steps each Church can begin taking to begin the process of reunification.

  • 25 January 2011, 11:37 | Religious-digest | 


  • 21 January 2011, 13:36 | Religious-digest | 

    Chernigov Jewish Community Experiences Steady and Inspiring Growth

    Chernigov, Ukraine – situated north of Kiev on the Desna River – has spent the last several weeks buried under a thick blanket of fresh winter snow, its streets slick with ice, freezing temperatures and blustery winds rouging the bare cheeks of bundled-up city-dwellers.

  • 17 January 2011, 18:17 | Religious-digest | 

    St. Lavrentiy of Chernihiv (1868-1950)

    January 19 (which is January 6 on the Julian Calendar), the Feast of Theophany, marks the 61st anniversary of the repose of a Ukrainian saint of modern times, the Venerable Lavrentiy of Chernihiv. During my visit to Chernihiv in the summer of 2006 I had heard of this remarkable man who kept the Faith as a Monk in the some of the most difficult days that the people of Ukraine have ever known. He is much revered in this district of Ukraine which has given the Church many Saints.

  • 13 January 2011, 13:19 | Religious-digest | 

    Malanka history goes back a long way

    The celebration of Malanka is a Ukrainian folk holiday taking place on or around January 13th, which is New Year's Eve in accordance with the Julian calendar. Malanka, also known as Schedryi Vechir ("Generous Eve") marks the end of the Christmas festivities, comprised of the 12 days of Christmas, and is often the last opportunity for revelry before the solemn period of Lent that leads up to Easter.

  • 12 January 2011, 14:13 | Religious-digest | 

    Through painstaking precision, Lviv’s icon restorers revive Ukraine’s precious gems

    Helping icons live again is all in a day’s work for restorers at The Andrey Sheptytsky Lviv National Museum. Considered some of the best icon restorers in the world, this group of 40 dedicated individuals has tackled difficult projects. Overall, the museum has some 4,000 icons, which have been collected over several decades. Some of them are currently on tour in the United States.