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Metropolitan Hilarion Slams UNIATES for causing damage in Ukraine and to the Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogue

June 5, 2014 Featured News

6/5/14 Metropolitan Hilarion: Actions of the Uniates have caused great damage not only to the Ukraine and her citizens, but also to the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue Greetings by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to the Participants of the 4th European Orthodox-Catholic Forum (Minsk, 2 – 6 June 2014) Your Eminences and Graces, Esteemed Fathers and Brothers, Dear […]

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The Donetsk and Gorlovskij Diocese Announces a Strict Fast

June 3, 2014 Featured News

June 2014 The faithful are called to intensify their prayers for peace and the cessation of military confrontation. According to an ancient Church tradition, the Donbass faithful will fast strictly and pray for peace in Ukraine. PRAVMIR. Metropolitan Hilarion of Donetsk and Mariupol, remembering the Church’s tradition of intensified fasting and prayer during troubled times, has […]

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Patriarch Kirill wishes Poroshenko reconciliation of Ukrainian people

June 3, 2014 Featured News

May – June 2014 Moscow, May 27, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia said he congratulated Petr Poroshenko with being elected Ukrainian president. “Together with many people I hope that powers and authority, which come into your hands today, will serve for the benefit of Ukraine’s east, west, north and south. I […]

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Russian Orthodox Church has conciliatory stance on Ukraine – Legoyda

June 2, 2014 Featured News

St. Petersburg, June 2, Interfax – The Russian Orthodox Church has a conciliatory stance regarding Ukraine, Moscow Patriarchate Information Department head Vladimir Legoyda said. “The Russian Orthodox Church has taken a ministerial stance, which is above the political stance. This stance is conciliatory. Patriarch [Kirill of Moscow and All Russia] has emphasized repeatedly that no […]

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Metropolitan Amfilohije: “The spirit of neofascism is sowing seeds of discord”

May 27, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has stated that the revived spirit of neofascism is sowing seeds of discord, “trying to cause a quarrel between brothers in the Ukraine and Russia”. The hierarch said these words during the solemn cross procession, dedicated to the feast-day of Holy Hierarch Basil of Ostrog, which […]

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Moscow Patriarchate official: Church has no intention of intervening in conflict in Ukraine

May 22, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Moscow, May 21, Interfax – Vladimir Legoyda, the head of the Information Department of the Moscow Patriarchate, said said attempts are being made to involve the Russian Orthodox Church in the political conflict in Ukraine and reiterated that the church can only be a participant in the peace settlement process. “They are trying […]

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Statement by Moscow Patriarchate Synodal Information Department on Ukraine’s entry ban for Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk

May 20, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 The Synodal Information Department of the Moscow Patriarchate has issued an official statement on Ukraine’s entry ban for Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations. On May 9, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, was detained while […]

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Crisis in Ukraine: Truth is the First Casualty

May 10, 2014 Featured News

JIM FOREST – MAY 2014 Not only in Ukraine and Russia but in every Orthodox jurisdiction, national identity often influences our sense of self and our public identity more than the fact of being baptized Christians among whom “there is neither Greek nor Jew” — a Christ-centered community in which all national labels are secondary. […]

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Bishop seeks intl protection of Orthodox community in Ukraine

May 9, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 A wave of attacks on priests of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church and attempts to occupy Orthodox churches has rolled through Ukraine. Moscow, May 7, Interfax – A senior bishop has appealed to the international community and the Ukrainian government to protect the Ukrainian Orthodox community that is part of the Russian Orthodox […]

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Metropolitan Onufry: No political idea is worth of bloodshed

May 9, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev, Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, has issued the following message on the recent tragic events in Ukraine: For several months now Ukraine has been going through complicated trials. The situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions has remained extremely restless. Horrendous events took place […]

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Metropolitan Onuphrius: Let us pray and not quarrel

May 6, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 I ask the people of Ukraine, regardless of their ethnicity and religion, to be wise and not to succumb to provocations. The locum tenens of the Kievan Metropolis, Metropolitan Onuphrius of Chernovtsi and Bukovina expressed his condolences in regard to the tragic events in Odessa. On May 2nd, 2014 tragic events occurred in […]

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Patriarch Kirill blames radical politicians for deaths in Odessa

May 4, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 The Russian Orthodox Church is in deep grief over the new bloodshed in Ukraine as political radicals are trying to assert their convictions despite the loss of life, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said on Saturday, May 3, commenting in the latest events in Odessa, southern Ukraine, and the eastern Donetsk […]

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The Tortuous Path of Western Religion in the Global World

April 29, 2014 Featured News

Orthodox England – 29/4/14 This April’s canonization of two twentieth-century Popes of Rome has only served to underline the gulf between the Church and Roman Catholicism as regards the criteria for sainthood. The first pope to be canonized, a jocular Italian peasant, and the second, a highly politicised Polish nationalist philosopher, were both enemies of […]

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Russian Patriarch Kirill prays for Ukraine together with hundreds of parishioners

April 20, 2014 Featured News

20/4/14 On the eve of Easter, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill prayed for  Ukraine together with hundreds of parishioners of the Cathedral of Christ the  Savior. “Politically, Ukraine is a foreign country, but spiritually and historically, this has never been so. We are the same nation before God, we practice the same Orthodox […]

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Union of Orthodox Women of Ukraine holds a forum in Dnepropetrovsk

April 17, 2014 Featured News

April 2014 On 7 April 2014, an All-Ukrainian public organization, ‘The Union of the Orthodox Women of Ukraine’ held a forum called ‘The Good News of Spirituality and Unity.’ The main theme under discussion was the participation of women in the settlement of political crisis in Ukraine. The consolidation of the activities of the Orthodox […]

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‘Rights of believers are violated’: Orthodox priest flees Ukraine in fear

April 17, 2014 Featured News
Alexey Novikov (Image from pravmir.ru)

RT – April 2014 The rights of believers are violated in Ukraine as the coup-imposed authorities don’t want the Russian Orthodox Church in the country, archpriest Andrey Novikov, who left Ukraine to escape persecution by Kiev, told RT. Novikov, who occupies the position of secretary of the eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch addressed Ukrainians on Palm Sunday

April 14, 2014 Featured News

14/4/14 Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on Palm Sunday issued a special address  of support to “the Devout Ukrainian People”. “The Holy Mother and Great Church of Christ of Constantinople regards the  Ukrainian nation and people as Her precious sons and daughters, born from the  baptismal waters that flowed through the banks of the Dnepr River”, […]

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Meeting of Interreligious Council of Russia takes places in Moscow

April 4, 2014 Featured News

4/4/14 On 3 April 2014, a regular session of the Interreligious Council of Russia, chaired by archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Department for Church and Society Relations, took place at the Danilovskaya Hotel in Moscow. Taking part in the meeting were representatives of Russia’s traditional religions, as well as Mr. Anton Ignatenko, representative of […]

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The Russian Synod passes resolution on the situation in Crimea

March 23, 2014 Featured News

On March 19, 2014, a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in Moscow, chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. In the minutes no. 4 of the Holy Synod, dedicated to the situation in Crimea, the following resolution was passed: 1. To place emphasis on […]

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Odessa forms Orthodox militia

March 7, 2014 Featured News

7/3/14 Orthodox Christians, youth and Cossack organizations of Odessa and nearby residential areas are forming Orthodox militia to help parishes, RIA Novosti reports. The militia groups will protect religious centers, places, priests and church-goers from aggression and extremism, RIA Novosti reports. The Headquarters of the Orthodox Militia has been formed to coorinate volunteers. They will have special labels and maybe […]

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Bishop of Lviv Urges Putin to Withdraw Troops from Ukraine

March 5, 2014 Featured News

5/3/14 The head of the Lviv Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) Bishop Filaret (Kucherov) sent Vladimir Putin a request to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine. The text of the statement was published on the Lviv eparchy’s website. Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! On behalf of the general public of Lviv, priests, and believers I am compelled to send you […]

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