Posts Tagged ‘Ukraine’

Ukraine archbishop offers church property for hospitals

Monday, March 30th, 2020

As more cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus are being registered in Ukraine, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has said that he will lend ecclesial properties at hospitals if the need should arise. During a livestreamed March 22 Mass, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, referred to a Read more

Law passed to chemically castrate paedophiles

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

The Ukraine government has passed new sex abuse legislation that clears the way for paedophiles to be chemically castrated, jailed for lengthier periods and monitored for life. The castration process – which is confined to offenders aged between 18 and 65 – will involve “coercive chemical castration” by injecting anti-androgen drugs to reduce libido and Read more

Forget Brexit, war in Ukraine is the biggest threat to Europe

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

While parliament fiddles, Europe burns, or at least sputters into flame. History could not be clearer. The diversion of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict into the Sea of Azov is precisely the kind of escalation that has preceded Europe’s past cataclysms. A great power treats a little one with contempt. A little one responds with violence, expecting Read more

Russian hackers target top Orthodox Christians

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Russian hackers have spent years trying to steal private correspondence from some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christians, the Associated Press (AP) says. The hackers, known as Fancy Bear, have targeted top aides to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who is the spiritual leader of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians. Batholomew himself does not Read more

Pope St John Paul II named as patron

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk wants Pope St John Paul II to be the patron the Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation. Shevchuk, who is the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church says “Ukrainians do not know Poles, their pains, aspirations, ambitions, as well as Poles do not know Ukrainians. “That is why an exchange and a dialogue is essential. Read more

Ukrainian Catholics are excluded from Religious Council

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Ukrainian Catholics are excluded from the Religious Council in the Crimea. The Crimea was annexed by Russia in 2014. Its new rules for religious organizations are similar to Russian religious policies. The new regulations say only “traditional” religions, including Orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are allowed on the Council. Read more Related Posts:Ukrainian bishop says Read more

Christians in Ukraine face violence with unity

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Ukrainian Christians are facing violence with a unified front. “To overcome conflicts, to fight hatred with goodness, and to make Ukraine a free and European country: these are the tasks of the Catholic Church in Ukraine”, according to a priest with knowledge of the situation. Christians in Ukraine are facing a difficult experience. Despite the Read more

Pope Francis appeals for help for Ukraine

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Pope Francis has called on parishes across Europe on Sunday to give donations to the victims of the conflict in Ukraine. The pontiff on Sunday announced that there will be special collections on April 24 in all European Catholic churches to “alleviate the material needs” of all who are suffering “the consequences of the violence” Read more

Pope not chatty in meeting Vladimir Putin

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Pope Francis has urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to make a “sincere and great effort” to achieve peace in the Ukraine. When Mr Putin met the Pope at the Vatican on Wednesday, he was received with full honours and regalia, including a ceremonial Swiss Guard welcome. Pope Francis seemed stiff and exceptionally formal when he Read more

Crimea Catholic Church facing liquidation by Russians

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Catholic Church in Russian-occupied Crimea fears it will lose its legal status after failing to meet a deadline for re-registering under Russian law. Failure to meet the March 1 deadline could mean liquidation for the Church, said Ukraine’s Religious Freedom Institute in a statement. The requirement to re-register was designed to force clergy and Read more