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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Georgien: Priester wegen Mordversuchs an Sekretärin des Katholikos verurteilt

In Tbilisi hat ein Gericht am 5. September Erzpriester Georgi Mamaladze des versuchten Mordes und illegalen Waffenbesitzes für schuldig befunden. Er soll geplant haben, die Sekretärin von Katholikos-Patriarch Ilia II. zu vergiften. Ursprünglich hatte man ihn verdächtigt, einen Anschlag auf das Oberhaupt der Georgischen Orthodoxen Kirche selbst vorgehabt zu haben, was sich im Verlauf der...

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Weißrussland: 25-year project of Belarusian New Testament released

Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, headed a solemn presentation of the new translation of the New Testament into Belarusian. The publication is the result of 25 years of labor, reports the site of the Belarusian Orthodox Church. The presentation took place in the ancient Belarusian city of Potolsk as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of...

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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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Armenien/Aserbaidschan: Religionsführer rufen zu Frieden in Berg Karabach auf

Auf Einladung von Patriarch Kirill haben sich das Oberhaupt der Armenischen Apostolischen Kirche, Katholikos-Patriarch Karekin II., und der Großmufti und Scheich-ul-Islam des Kaukasus, Allahshukur Paschazade in Moskau getroffen, um über Wege zur Entschärfung der Krise um Berg Karabach zu sprechen. Zum Abschluss des Treffens im Moskauer Danilow-Kloster, dem Amtssitz von Patriarch Kirill,...

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Tadschikistan: Tajik youth organization ready to combat alien morals and customs

The public youth organization Sozandagoni Vatan (Builders of Motherland) has expressed support for amendments to the law on traditions, festivities and rites recently adopted at the initiative of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon. The organization's statement published in the Tajik official media says that the amendments are aimed at protecting national and cultural values and qualitatively...

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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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Russland: Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue formulates new topics for further work

On 8 September 2017, the Coordinating Committee of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church concluded its work. Taking part in the session that was held on the Island of Leros, Greece, was Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations. As a results of...

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