• 24 October 2019, 11:17 | Society-digest | 

    Greek acceptance of Ukrainian autocephaly – bigger defeat for Moscow than Constantinople grant, Soldatov says

    The harsh even hysterical reaction of the Moscow Patriarchate to the decision of the Greek Orthodox Church to recognize the autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reflects the fact that the Greek move may be a bigger defeat for the Russian church than even the original grant by the Universal Patriarch.

  • 24 October 2019, 10:34 | Society-digest | 

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Worship bans, clergy bans, punishments

    Worship is banned in all Protestant churches and Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Halls, as the unrecognised Luhansk People's Republic bans exercising freedom of religion or belief without permission.

  • 21 October 2019, 12:48 | Society-digest | 

    Ukrainian autocephaly and the Moscow Patriarchate

    How Russia’s religious hierarchs reject the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

  • 18 October 2019, 14:24 | Society-digest | 

    DONBAS: Luhansk: Community work, fines, property seizure

    A Baptist leader in Krasnodon hopes to overturn a punishment of 20 hours' community work when the case resumes at the Supreme Court in Luhansk on 21 October.

  • 30 September 2019, 15:01 | Society-digest | 

    Russia drives out last congregation of Ukraine church from Crimea

    Persecution against the last remaining major congregation of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in Russian-occupied Crimea has escalated, with the church closing its doors on Sept. 23, following a local court ruling that it must leave its cathedral.

  • 24 September 2019, 12:41 | Society-digest | 

    Moscow Patriarchate prefers enmity and unfair accusations

    Speech at the OSCE Conference in Warsaw

  • 9 September 2019, 22:19 | Society-digest | 

    Father Richard Soo: Is the church in Canada a sanctuary or target?

    As a priest, I’ve always felt safe in Canada — until one Sunday in August when our prayer meeting was surrounded by pro-Beijing protesters. We saw their big Communist flags going around the church and parking lot. It was a shock and it was scary. A journalist was surrounded, photographed and told they would upload her photo and get everyone to harass her.

  • 3 September 2019, 13:22 | Society-digest | 

    The bright and dark sides of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church

    After 27 years of independence state-building process in Ukraine is still underway. However, despite the flaws of the reforming process, one could argue that there are several positive signs of improvement since the Revolution of Dignity – Association Agreement with the European Union; fighting against corruption; decentralization, etc.

  • 29 August 2019, 13:18 | Society-digest | view photo | 

    After 100-year battle, Ukraine wins independent church finally in 2019

    This year, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church broke away from Russia, 27 years after Ukraine won independence.

  • 15 August 2019, 12:03 | Society-digest | 

    Resolution on Ukrainian citizens illegally detained on the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied Crimea and Donbas

    As a result of Russian Federation occupying the Crimea and starting the war in Donbas several hundreds of people were imprisoned, mostly because of their public nonviolent activities.

  • 11 August 2019, 13:22 | Society-digest | 

    Proactive tolerance as a way to peace

    A Christian Social Ethical Definition of Tolerance as a conceptual basis for the project “Tolerance at the Borders of Europe – the Ukrainian Dimension”

  • 5 July 2019, 09:32 | Society-digest | 

    Icons on ammo boxes

    The deeply Catholic instinct for transforming what is dead or death-dealing into something life-affirming and life-giving continues today in Ukraine, through a remarkable project known as “The Icons on Ammo Boxes.”

  • 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.

  • 11 February 2019, 13:58 | Society-digest | 

    Freedom Is Never Free

    When I first visited Lviv, the principal city of western Ukraine, in 2002, the transportation from plane to airport terminal was an old bus towed by a Soviet-era tractor; today, the airport is a model of cleanliness and efficiency.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.