Vatikan: Pope Francis met with His Beatitude Sviatoslav

This morning, at 09:15 Italian time, Pope Francis met with His Beatitude Sviatoslav. The meeting was held at St. Martha's House in the Vatican, in the Holy Father's private office. Secretariat of the Head of the UGCC in Rome report. His Beatitude Sviatoslav informed the Holy Father Francis about the preparation for the Patriarchal Sobor of the UGCC on the subject of emigration, settlement, and global unity of the UGCC. He also told the Pope about the implementation of the decisions of last...

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Ukraine: No plans to transfer the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras

The Ukrainian government has no plans to seize the world-famous Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and transfer them to the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” says Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports Vladimir Borodyansky.  Both sites have been state-owned since soviet times and are leased to the use of the UOC. If there are no violations of the law, then there are no legal grounds for revising the existing contracts, the Minister said in an interview with...

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Georgien/Ukraine: Clergy blessing streets with holy water

The Orthodox faithful throughout the world have been encouraged to increase their prayers and their focus on the spiritual life as the coronavirus continues to spread, while, of course, maintaining increased standards of hygiene. “If we pray, entreat God, and repent of our sins, then we will destroy this sickness,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine preached. “Therefore, the most important thing in this is not so much sanitary standards as it is prayer and...

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Ukraine: Bartholomaios lehnt Gipfel in Amman weiterhin ab

Der Ökumenische Patriarch Bartholomaios hat gegenüber einer Delegation des Patriarchats von Jerusalem erneut seine Ablehnung eines Treffens der orthodoxen Oberhäupter in Amman bekundet. Die Delegation hatte versucht, Bartholomaios von der Wichtigkeit eines Treffens zu überzeugen, das Theophilos III. von Jerusalem angeregt hat. Dieser hat die Leiter der Lokalkirchen eingeladen, vom 25. bis 27. Februar in Jordanien die Ukraine-Frage zu diskutieren.

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Ukraine: Erster Jahrestag der Inthronisation von Epifanij

Das Oberhaupt der Orthodoxen Kirche der Ukraine (OKU) hofft, dass im laufenden Jahr weitere orthodoxe Kirchen die OKU anerkennen werden. Anlässlich des ersten Jahrestags seiner Inthronisation am 3. Februar schrieb Metropolit Epifanij (Dumenko) von Kiew auf Facebook, das letzte Jahr sei „nicht einfach und voller verschiedener Herausforderungen“ gewesen. Doch „dank ihrer Einheit“ hätten das Patriarchat von Konstantinopel, das Patriarchat von Alexandria und die Orthodoxe Kirche von Griechenland...

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Jordanien: Orthodoxer Gipfel in Amman

Bei einem Treffen in der jordanischen Hauptstadt Amman haben Vertreter mehrerer orthodoxer Kirchen zu einem panorthodoxen Dialog aufgerufen, um innerorthodoxe Streitfragen, insbesondere mit Blick auf die kirchliche Situation in der Ukraine zu lösen. Ziel des Treffens, zu dem Patriarch Theophilos von Jerusalem eingeladen hatte, war die „Erörterung der Frage über die Einheit und Versöhnung“ in der Orthodoxie, wie es im Schlusskommuniqué der Veranstaltung heißt. Die Delegationen wollen sich wenn...

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Ukraine: OCU Synod suspends Filaret’s activities

On February 4, 2020, the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine) met at the Congregational Hall of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy presided over by His Beatitude Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine. All members of the Synod except Patriarch Emeritus Filaret, who was absent for no good reason, attended the meeting, according to the official website of the OCU.

After considering the present activities of the Honorable Patriarch Filaret and taking...

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Ukraine: Court orders return of citizenship to Ukrainian bishop

January 22, the Sixth Court of Appeal ordered the State Migration Service of Ukraine in the Volyn Oblast to return Ukrainian citizenship to His Grace Bishop Gideon (Kharon) of Makarov, the abbot of the Tithes Monastery in Kiev, repots Ukrainska Pravda. The court also recognized that the Migration Service had no right to cancel the decision to grant His Grace citizenship by territorial origin in accordance with part 1, article 8 of the Law of Ukraine, “On Ukrainian Citizenship.”

Bp. Gideon was...

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