Ukraine: New ruling bishop appointed for Ternopil Diocese

In the cathedral of the Nativity of Ternopil, 19 September, the UAOC clergy elected a new diocesan bishop by secret ballot. Bishop Tikhon (Petranyuk) of Odesa and Chorniomorsk was elected. Most of the participants voted for his candidacy. Bishop Tikhon (Petranyuk) will be appointed as a ruling bishop of Ternopil Diocese after the approval of his candidacy by the UAOC bishops. According to the...

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Ukraine: The US Department of State report on the religious situation in Ukraine in 2016

The US Department of State released the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. “This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right”, said Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson during the press conference. The...

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Ukraine: Poroshenko calls for Constantinople to create autocephalous Ukrainian Church

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has said that Ukraine has the right to an autocephalous Local Orthodox Church, and that he will push for its establishment. However, he also stressed that the presence of an autocephalous Church in Ukraine will not mean the banning of any other Orthodox confession within the country, reports Interfax-Religion. “The recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly by the...

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Ukraine: Synod of Bishops of the UGCC to adopt a new charter, as “Church has grown”

The Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is planning to adopt the new Charter of the Synod. This was stated by Archbishop and Metropolitan Yevgeny (Popovich of Przemysl and Warsaw, Head of the Canonical Department of the UGCC in an interview with the Department of Information of the UGCC. The head of the Canonical Department said that of the past year the Synod set the task to...

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Ukraine: Poroschenko erwartet Anerkennung der ukrainischen Autokephalie

Der ukrainische Präsident Petro Poroschenko erwartet vom Ökumenischen Patriarchat von Konstantinopel die Anerkennung der ukrainischen Autokephalie. Poroschenko äußerte sich anlässlich des „Tags der Taufe der Rus‘“ am 28. Juli und erklärte, Großfürst Vladimir habe den Glauben von der Kirche Konstantinopels empfangen, die deshalb bis heute die Mutterkirche der Ukraine sei. Daher erwarte die Ukraine...

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Ukraine: Debatte um umstrittene neue Religionsgesetzgebung

In der laufenden Sitzungsperiode des ukrainischen Parlaments diskutiert die Werchowna Rada ein Dutzend teils umstrittener Gesetzesvorlagen, die religiöse Angelegenheiten betreffen. Bereits im Mai hätten einige der betreffenden Vorlagen diskutiert werden sollen, aber aufgrund internationaler Proteste wurde die Debatte aufgeschoben. Kritiker befürchteten im Fall einer Annahme der Gesetzesvorhaben...

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Ukraine: Episcopal ordination of Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia Archeparchy Andriy

In St Yura Cathedral, on September 3, 2017 during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy led by the Father and Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav, took place the solemn episcopal ordination of Bishop Andriy (Rabiy), Auxiliary Bishop for Philadelphia Archeparchy. First of all the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, Archbishop Claudio (Gugerotti), read a bull from the Holy Father Francis, where the Pope...

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Ukraine: Technical Committee of Pope for Ukraine Initiative finishes its work

Technical Committee of Pope for Ukraine Initiative finishes its work, which started in June 2016, on August 31, 2017, having completed the tasks it was entrusted with. Over this period it has conducted monitoring of the needs of most vulnerable categories of people who have suffered from military actions in the East of Ukraine. Criteria for selection of partner organizations for...

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