Information on the OCU-UGCC Merger: a Trial Balloon or “Overton Window”?

The OCU and the UGCC are getting closer. Photo: UOJ

UOJ - Kirill Aleksandrov - 9/6/2020 The Foreign Policy Research Institute reported receiving a grant from the EU for a survey on the OCU-UGCC merger, which was like a bombshell. On June 3, 2020, the Foreign Policy Research Institute published a press release on its website reporting that the European Union had allocated a grant of 145,000 euros to ...

UN Envoy in Solidarity Visit to Syria’s Assyrians

United Nations (UN) special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura (R), stands next to priest Toma Asitivo Kaka during a visit to the Ibrahim-al Khalil Melkite Greek Catholic church to show solidarity with the Assyrian community in the Syrian capital Damascus on March 1, 2015 (AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA).

  2/3/15 DAMASCUS (AFP) -- U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura paid a surprise visit Sunday to a church near war-wracked Syria's capital in a show of solidarity with the country's Christian minority targeted by jihadis. An AFP photographer said de Mistura traveled in a two-car U.N. convoy to a Greek Catholic church in Jaramana, southeast of Damascus, and ...

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church continue to deliver false Criticisms on Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Authorities

George Alexander and Kisha D Dorado OCP News Service - 6/4/14 Belgrade: The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Rite (UGCC) continue to deliver false accusation and blindly criticisms against Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian authorities for the ongoing situation in Crimea. These blind allegations have come out after  Crimea joined the Russian Federation. Several Roman Catholic Medias reported that ...

The new pope and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

13/4/13 METROPOLITAN Hilarion of Volokolamsk, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, recently expressed  hope that the new pope, Francis, will continue the policy of rapprochement with the Orthodox Church and will not support, what he calls the expansion of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics. “The union is the most painful topic in the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, in ...

Patriarch John X of Antioch’s enthronement celebrations in Beirut

February 17, 2013 – the Russian Orthodox Church’s delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, took part in the celebrations on the occasion of the enthronement of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of the Great Antioch of All the East. The celebrations began with the Divine ...

Violence leaves Syria’s Christians with little mood to celebrate Christmas

A Syrian vendor, dressed as a Santa Claus walks past a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad at a Christian dominated neighbourhood of Damascus on Dec. 22, 2011.

By Roueida Mabardi Agence France-Presse 23/12/2011 DAMASCUS – Nine months of unrest in Syria have stripped Bab Tuma, the oldest Christian quarter of Damascus, of any sign of Christmas joy. No decorations or lights adorn the streets and seasons greetings are exchanged with a heavy heart. “Christians have decided to cancel celebrations and only observe Christmas mass which ...

Ukrainian Diocese outraged with plans to build Uniate Cathedral

27/9/2010 Odessa, September 27, Interfax - The Odessa Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church believes there is no grounds for building a Greek Catholic cathedral in the city and such plans have aggressive political backgrounds. "It's quite evident that there's no ground for building a Greek Catholic church in Odessa. Odessa is an Orthodox city," the ...