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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Ukraine: 14th-century illuminated Rus’ manuscripts published online

Unique manuscripts of the 14th century, including the Kiev Psalter and the Lavrishev Gospel from Volhynia can now be viewed online. The illuminated manuscripts with miniature illustrations were published by the Zelo Center for Research of Ancient Russian Culture, using the archives of national libraries, reports Foma in Ukraine. The Kiev Psalter was created in Kiev in 1397, with 303 miniatures on 230 pages, as well as headpieces ornamented in a neo-Byzantine style. Many of the miniatures...

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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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Ukraine: Virtual tour of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev online

St. Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev is a beautiful 11th-century monument of Kievan Rus’, erected by Yaroslav the Wise. It is one of Ukraine’s best known landmarks and was the first site to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List along with the Kiev Caves Lavra complex. Now, the beauty of secrets of the famous cathedral are accessible to all Orthodox faithful worldwide, even for those who cannot visit Kiev, as the National Kievan Sophia Museum has launched a high-quality virtual tour...

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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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Konstantinopel: Bartholomaios weist Jerusalemer Initiative zurück

Der Ökumenische Patriarch Bartholomaios hat die Initiative des Patriarchen von Jerusalem in der Ukraine-Frage scharf zurückgewiesen. Theophilos III. hatte bei einem Besuch in Moskau im November 2019 die Oberhäupter der orthodoxen Lokalkirchen nach Amman eingeladen, um das Thema zu diskutieren. In seinem Antwortschreiben erinnert Bartholomaios den Patriarchen von Jerusalem daran, wer den Vorsitz unter den orthodoxen Kirchen hat und wem das Recht zukommt, panorthodoxe Versammlungen einzuberufen.

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