Kroatien: Pro-Life-Märsche in Zagreb und Split

Ende Mai haben in den kroatischen Städten Zagreb und Split Anti-Abtreibungsdemonstrationen stattgefunden. Der „Marsch für das Leben“ versammelte in Zagreb 15000 Teilnehmer, laut der katholischen Kirchenzeitung „Glas Koncila“ („Stimme des Konzils“) nahmen gar 20000 Demonstranten am Zug entlang der Zagreber Hauptstraße Ilica bis zum Jelačić-Platz teil. Unter dem Motto „Für Leben, Familie und Kroatien“ schloss sich auch die zweitgrößte kroatische Stadt Split mit etwa 5000 Teilnehmern an. Die...

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Ukraine: The meeting of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met at the Monastery of the Protecting Veil in Kharkov 27 May 2017. It was chaired by His Beatitude Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, and was timed to the 25th anniversary of the Council of Kharkov. The meeting took place at the historic building in which the Council of Kharkov was held, as part of the church celebrations devoted to the jubilee. The Synod adopted a Message to the Episcopate, Clergy, Monastics and Laity on the Occasion of...

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Ukraine: Number of those believing in God decreases in Ukraine

The Razumkov Center presented at a round table in Kyiv a new study of the religious situation in Ukraine, which was carried out on March 3 - 9, 2017. According to the new sociological survey, the proportion of believers in Ukraine has dropped as compared to 2014 and 2016. The figures dropped to 67% (in 2014 it was 76% and in 2016 70% respectively), equaling the pre-war level of 2013. Traditionally, high religiosity is declared by residents of western Ukraine, they constitute over 91% of...

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Bosnien-Herzegowina: Papst Franziskus ist skeptisch gegenüber Međugorje

Auf dem Rückflug vom portugiesischen Marienwallfahrtsort Fatima Mitte Mai hat Papst Franziskus Zweifel an den „aktuellen“ Marienerscheinungen in Međugorje geäußert. Dabei berief er sich auf die vom Vatikan eingesetzte Untersuchungskommission unter der Leitung von Kardinal Camillo Ruini. Der Kommissionsbericht unterscheide jedoch zwischen den aktuellen Berichten über Visionen und den ersten Erscheinungen Anfang der 1980er Jahre. Das unveröffentlichte Gutachten der Kommission bezeichnete der...

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Russland: Patriarch Kirill consecrates Cathedral of the Resurrection in Bishkek

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the Cathedral of the Resurrection in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan capital city of Bishkek and celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the newly consecrated church. Before the service the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was met at the cathedral door by Bishop Daniel of Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan, the Director of the Kyrgyz State Commission for Religious Affairs Z. Ergeshev, and the Russian Ambassador of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan A...

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Russland: Almost three-fourths of Russians would like to bow to relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker brought to Moscow

Eighty-one percent of Russians know that the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker have been brought from Italy to Russia and 18% have not heard of this," the Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) said. Seventy-two percent of respondents said they would like to visit and kiss the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker, most of them are women (81%), people aged over 60 (82%) and Orthodox Christians (87%). Eighty-three percent of the respondents are positive about the fact that holy relics are...

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Ukraine: Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church representation to the European international institutions consecrated

On 5 June 2017, the Day of the Holy Spirit, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Kiev. Concelebrating were Metropolitan Pavel of Vyshgorod and Chernobyl; Metropolitan Antony of Borispol and Brovary, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; seventeen archpastors two metropolitans, five archbishops, and ten bishops; clerics of the cathedral and ordained guests...

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Ukraine: Conflict between Greek Catholics and Orthodox of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kolomyia

On June 4, a conflict erupted between the faithful of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate around the building of a church in Kolomyia.
According to IRres, which is citing a local television station STC, it is a wooden Church of Annunciation of the 17th century. The activists of the UGCC came to the church building and organized a meeting in which it claimed the rights to it. Allegedly, only Greek Catholics ruled there, but in the Soviet...

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Georgien: Patriarch of Georgia cancels festivities to mark 40th anniversary of his enthronement

Tb Festivities to mark the 40th anniversary of the enthronement of Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia have been cancelled, the Georgian Patriarchate said on its website. "Given the unstable situation in the world and the current social situation in Georgia, with the blessing of His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, the celebrations linked with the 40th anniversary of the enthronement of the catholicos-patriarch and the invitations to Georgia sent to the heads of Orthodox Churches and...

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