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...

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Ukraine: Kardinal Husar verstorben

Das frühere Oberhaupt der Ukrainischen Griechisch-katholischen Kirche (UGKK), Lubomyr Kardinal Husar, ist tot. Husar verstarb am 31. Mai 2017 im 85. Lebensjahr nach schwerer Krankheit in Kiew. In Lviv, seiner Geburtsstadt, wo Husar auch viele Jahre als Großerzbischof der UGKK seinen Amtssitz hatte, wurde der 1. Juni zum Trauertag ausgerufen. Die Begräbnisfeierlichkeiten fanden am 5. Juni in Kiew...

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Russland: Patriarch Kirill meets with Italian delegation accompanying the relics of St. Nicholas

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Catholic Archbishop of Bari, Mons. Francesco Cacucci, and the Italian delegation who brought the shrine with a part of the honourable relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, from Bari to Moscow. The meeting took place at the Supreme Church Council Hall at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour...

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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...

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Ukraine: World Council of Churches head calls on Poroshenko to withdraw bills "detrimental" to Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Responding to an appeal from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, World Council of Churches Secretary General Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit has forwarded messages to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukrainian Verkhovnaya Rada Chairman Andrey Parubiy to express "deep concern" over the prospect of passing bills that would be "detrimental" to the rights of the canonical Orthodox Church of...

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Ukraine: X Ecumenical Social Week to be held in Kyiv

On June 7-9, 2017, a Ukrainian public forum "X Ecumenical Social Week” is set to be held in Kyiv. It is themed: “Dignity. Service. Solidarity. Towards Country Renewal.” The forum organizer is the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). Co-organizers of the Forum are: Kyiv Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Pastoral Migration Department of the UGCC...

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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...

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Russland: Thousands of believers met St. Nicholas relics in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia solemnly met at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker first time in history delivered from Italy to Russia.
Hundreds clerics made a living corridor outside the church and the patriarch went through it to the bus, which brought the relics from the Vnukovo Airport. Then the shrine was taken inside. Four bishops...

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Weißrussland: Orthodoxe Kirche für Todesstrafen-Moratorium

Die Weißrussische Orthodoxe Kirche hat sich für eine Aussetzung der Todesstrafe ausgesprochen. „Ein Christ darf kein Henker sein“, sagte der Sprecher der Kirche, Erzpriester Sergej Lepin. Die Kirche verurteilte die Todesstrafe auf ihrer Internetseite als „Sünde des Mordes“. Weißrussland ist der einzige Staat Europas und der ehemaligen Sowjetunion...

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