Ukraine

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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Ecumenical Patriarch holds Memorial Service for Ukrainian victims

March 2, 2014 Featured News

March 2014 On Sunday, February 23, 2014, following the Divine Liturgy, His All-Holiness held a Memorial Service (Trisagion) for those who lost their lives during the recent ongoing protests in Ukraine. The service, which was held in Greek and Church Slavonic, was attended by the Acting Consul General of Ukraine in Istanbul, the Hon. Andriy […]

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Leaders of Christian Churches from thirteen countries call to peace in Ukraine

March 2, 2014 News

February-March 2014 We, representatives of the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christian communities of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Estonia, have gathered together to express our common opinion on the issues of vital concern for people in our countries. These days, our prayers and sincere concern are for […]

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Ukrainian Bishop: Government Must Respect Human Dignity, Sanctity of Life

February 25, 2014 Featured News

John Couretas - 25/2/14 This weekend on Ancient Faith Radio, host Kevin Allen interviewed Metropolitan Antony, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the United States about the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine. The bishop offered very good insights into the religious, cultural and political factors at play now in the Ukraine, carefully pointing out that […]

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Epistle of His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill, to the Entirety of the Russian Orthodox Church in Connection with Events in Ukraine

February 22, 2014 Featured News

22/2/14 His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, released an epistle to the entirety of the Russian Orthodox Church in connection with recent events in Ukraine.  Reverend archpastors and pastors, dear brothers and sisters – children of the Church! It is with dismay, pain, and alarm that I have followed and continue to follow the events in Kiev and […]

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LUGANSK REGION PERFORMS INTERCEEDING PRAYERS TO THE MOTHER OF GOD FOR PEACE IN THE UKRAINE

February 21, 2014 Featured News

21/2/14 – Ukraine On February 19, His Eminence Archbishop Metrophanes (Mitrofan) of Lugansk and Alchevsk led a prayer service before the Lugansk Icon of the Mother of God with the clergy of the Lugansk Archdiocese concelebrating. After the prayer service, the hierarch offered up a prayer for increase of love in the Ukraine. Addressing the faithful, the archpastor called upon everyone to pray […]

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KIEV CAVES LAVRA PRAYING FOR REPOSE OF THE DECEASED AND RECONCILIATION OF OPPOSING PARTIES

February 21, 2014 Featured News

21/2/14 This was reported on the website of the Dormition Kiev Caves Lavra. February 20 was announced a day of national mourning in the Ukraine for with the human victims, resulting from the mass disorders in the country. After a Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Conception of St. Anna, the brethren of the Kiev Caves Lavra performed a funeral […]

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Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church appeals to the faithful concerning bloody clashes in Kiev

February 21, 2014 Featured News

21/2/14 On the night of February 19, when a violent confrontation broke out in the centre of Kiev, the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church published a comment by Metropolitan Antony of Borispil and Brovary, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The comment reads: “Since the very beginning of the political crisis and during the […]

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Message By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Tragic Situation in Ukraine

February 21, 2014 Featured News

21/2/14 (February 20, 2014) Beloved children and friends in Ukraine and abroad, It is with heavy heart that we have been following the ongoing and, indeed, only escalating tragic circumstances in Ukraine over the last weeks. We feel that our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are our own flesh and blood. “We endure the same sufferings that you […]

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Roman Catholics spreading “prayer books of a revolutionary” on Maidan

February 12, 2014 Featured News

February 2014 Roman Catholics are stoking the passions on the Maidan in Kiev, states the head of press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Vasily Anisimov, reports Interfax-Religion. Maidan is being spiritually guided by Uniates, schismatics, and sectarians, according to Vasily Anisimov. “The degree of their leaders’ hatred of often goes beyond limits. Even Vladimir […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York Makes an Appeal for Prayers for Peace in Ukraine

February 12, 2014 Featured News

Russian Church Outside Russia – February 2014 In light of the violence and civil unrest in Kiev and throughout Ukraine, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, issued the following call for peace and calm: “As faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church, we cannot remain indifferent to […]

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Patriarch Kirill blessed Orthodox sportsmen and sportswomen participating in the Olympic Games

February 8, 2014 Featured News

On 5th February His Holiness Patriarch Kirill officiated a Te-Deum service in the church of the Icon of Christ not-made-by-human-hands. Moldovan sportsmen and sportswomen participated in the Divine Service, along with their Orthodox brothers and sisters from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Talking to the audience, the Hierarch mentioned: “My dears, I wanted very much to […]

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Ukrainian Church Initiates All-Ukrainian Children’s Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

January 29, 2014 Featured News

January 27, 2014. PRAVMIR. The All-Ukrainian children’s prayer for peace in Ukraine has been started in all churches of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC). This was stated by Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanich), Executive Secretary of the UOC, during the first children’s prayer for peace in Ukraine, which was held in the Kiev-Caves Lavra before the sacred items from Mount Athos, […]

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Yanukovich praises church’s role in trying to settle crisis

January 26, 2014 Featured News

Kiev, January 24, Interfax – President Viktor Yanukovich thanked Ukraine’s clergy for helping settle the current domestic political crisis. May I extend my deep gratitude to the heads of all the churches and religious organizations, to individual priests, monks and bishops for the major support that I can see them demonstrating in the effort of launching a peace process in the country. […]

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Ukraine’s Medal of Freedom awarded to His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch

January 25, 2014 Featured News

January 2014 On Sunday, January 19, 2013, His All-Holiness was awarded the Medal of Freedom of Ukraine “for his ministry in the service of universal Orthodoxy and on the occasion of the 1025th anniversary since the Christianization of the Kievan Rus.” On behalf of the President of Ukraine, His All-Holiness was presented this prestigious honor […]

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Putin named Times’ International Person of the Year

December 31, 2013 Featured News

RTV – December 2013 One of Britain’s most influential newspapers has named Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘Man of the Year.’ The Times awarded the title because Putin “succeeded in one of his most enduring ambitions: to bring Moscow back to the international high table.” According to the newspaper, it was the Syrian insurgency that “propelled […]

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Statement on the events in Ukraine by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

December 28, 2013 News

The document was adopted by the Russian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod at its meeting on December 25-26, 2013 (Minutes No. 132). The last months of the outgoing year 2013 have been marked with disorders in Ukraine which have caused our profound concern and raised painful echoes in the united multinational and millions-strong Russian Church. We […]

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Gifts of the Magi relic from Mount Athos to visit Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

December 14, 2013 News

Moscow, December 13, Interfax – The holy relic of the Gifts of the Magi, preserved in the Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos, will be taken to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk and Kiev for the Orthodox Christmas holiday in January 2014. The relic will be on display at the Cathedral of the Christ the […]

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The Ukrainian Protests and the Orthodox Church(es)

December 14, 2013 News

Mark Movsesian - 14/12/13 Even casual observers know that Orthodox Churches traditionally have close ties with the state. So many in the West don’t know what to make of the fact that, in the current conflict in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church appears to be siding with the protesters. The New York Times, for example, reports […]

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