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17.02.2010
The UGCC Synod’s message

 

The Synod’s message for the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the legalization of the UGCC, the 65th anniversary of the death of Metropolitan Andrey (Sheptytskyj), and the 25th anniversary of the death of Patriarch Joseph (Slipyj)

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06.02.2010
DECREE ON ECUMENISM (UNITATIS REDINTEGRATIO)

The restoration of unity among all Christians is one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council. Christ the Lord founded one Church and one Church only. However, many Christian communions present themselves to men as the true inheritors of Jesus Christ;

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06.02.2010
CHARTA OECUMENICA

Guidelines for the Growing Cooperation among the Churches in Europe

 

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21.12.2009 01:04:00

UGCC Synod of Bishops Proposes Model of Unity of Churches of St. Volodymyr’s Baptism

UGCC Synod of Bishops Proposes Model of Unity of Churches of St. Volodymyr’s Baptism On December 15, 2009, in Kyiv, in the press center Ukrainian Time of the Ukrainian House a press conference of His Beatitude Lubomyr, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halych of the UGCC, was held. One of the main topics was the UGCC’s vision of the possibility of unifying the four branches of the Kyivan Church: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in one national church.

«Instead of the monopoly over Christian Ukraine, which was a characteristic of the past, we suggest the Ecclesiastic Communion unity of the today’s divided Kyivan Church,» quoted the head of the UGCC from the UGCC Synod’s address. This document, which was written for the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the legalization of the UGCC, the 65th anniversary of the death of Metropolitan Andrey, and the 25th anniversary of the death of Patriarch Joseph, was the basis of the press conference. 


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13.12.2009 01:01:00

Because of the UGCC Patriarch Kirill still does not want to meet with Pope Benedict XVI. What does it testify?

Because of the UGCC Patriarch Kirill still does not want to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) Department for External Church Relations on November 5, 2008, in an interview for a Russian TV channel stated the ROC is not against a meeting between its head, Patriarch Kirill, and Pope Benedict XVI but expects the Vatican to «take concrete steps» to show that there is a desire to be cooperative, reports RISU.

«We expect the Vatican, the Roman Catholic Church (RCC), to take concrete steps to show that there is a desire to be cooperative and heal all the wounds that were inflicted in the extremely harrowing period of the early 90s,» the archbishop said. In that period, more than 500 Orthodox churches in Ukraine «were forcibly seized by Greek Catholics and the Orthodox believres were ousted from them.» «We are suggesting concrete solutions to the problems that exist,» he said.

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07.12.2009 01:58:00

Swiss move to ban minarets

Swiss move to ban minaretsMembers of the right-wing Swiss People's Party, currently the largest party in the Swiss parliament, have launched a campaign to have the building of minarets banned.
They claim the minaret is not necessary for worship, but is rather a symbol of Islamic law, and as such incompatible with Switzerland's legal system.
Signatures are now being collected to force a nationwide referendum on the issue which, under Switzerland's system of direct democracy, would be binding.
The move has shocked Switzerland's 350,000 Muslims, many of whom have been campaigning for decades for more recognition for their faith.
In theory Switzerland is a secular state, whose constitution guarantees freedom of religious expression to all. In practice however mosques in Switzerland tend to be confined to disused warehouses and factories.
Across the country, there are only two small minarets, one in Zurich and one in Geneva, neither of which are permitted to make the call to prayer. In Switzerland's capital Berne, the largest mosque is in a former underground car park.

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05.12.2009 18:54:00

News from Brussels

News from BrusselsRecently on an invitation from the delegate of the Belgian Episcopal Commission «Pro Migrantibus» from the parishes of Eastern Catholic Churches in Belgium priest Oleh Zymak, CSSR, Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians of France, Benelux, and Switzerland of the UGCC, Reverend Bishop Mikhail (Hrynchyshyn) visited Brussels and Antwerp. The program of visit of the bishop, in particular, included a meeting with the Bishop of Brussels Monsignor Joseph D’Kezel. At the reception an exchange of opinions took place about a series of questions of the general interest, remarks were shared about the progress in the development of the UGCC parishes of Brussels, and the possibilities for its further development were discussed. At the conclusion of the meeting Bishop Mikhail gifted a Ukrainian icon to his Brussels brother in episcopacy.

05.12.2009 11:49:00

Greek Catholics were familiarized with social projects of other confessions

Greek Catholics were familiarized with social projects of other confessionsAs part of the Social Days of the UGCC Greek Catholics visited the social projects of other confessions, informed Deacon Ihor Shaban, head of the Commission of UGCC for the assistance of unity between Christians, as was reported by the correspondent SoborNews. For this occasion workers of social structures of the UGCC from Ivano-Frankivs’k, Lviv, Ternopil’, Kharkiv, and Donets’k as well as students of the Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University went to Kyiv. In their opinion, such meetings are very useful.

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02.12.2009 15:46:00

Patriarchal Synod of Bishops of the UGCC has started its work

Patriarchal Synod of Bishops of the UGCC has started its work “When we obtain a plenitude of the Sacrament of Priesthood, a triple task appears before us: to be a teacher, a person who blesses, and a pastor for the people who have trust in us. These tasks can be analyzed and discussed to find which of them is the most important. But, presumably, first of all we have to consider the words of Jesus Christ, directed to the teacher of law whom asked Him about the most important commandment. The Lord answered that the most important commandment is to love God and thy neighbour,» His Beatitude Lubomyr said in his sermon for the occasion of the Patriarchal Synod of Bishops. Exactly this, according to the head of the UGCC, is the most important in the service of a bishop: to love God more than all and to love thy neighbour as thyself.

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30.11.2009 18:52:00

Synod of UOC-MP Specified Conditions of Dialogue with “Non-Canonical” Churches

Synod of UOC-MP Specified Conditions of Dialogue with «Non-Canonical» ChurchesKYIV. «The purpose of our dialogue with the non-canonical church groups is not a desire for canonical separation from the fullness of the Rus Church but an aspiration to restore the church unity,» reads the Address of the Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) to Faithful Children passed during the extended session of its synod of November 24, 2009. In this document the leadership of the church clearly set out its position as to the unification of Ukrainian Orthodoxy and stressed the conditions of that process. First of all, it repeated its position that «the way to restore the unity is through repentance, that is a graceful ‘change of mind’ and way of life of those who are in separation» and that «the only acceptable model of restoration of church unity and unification of all Orthodox Christians in the within the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, that is the return of the separated ones to where they came from.»

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30.11.2009 18:49:00

Orthodox and Catholics to Prepare a Common Position on Dialogue with EU

Orthodox and Catholics to Prepare a Common Position on Dialogue with EUBRUSSELS. According to a report of the Interfax information agency of November 27, 2009, Orthodox and Catholics intend to work together to form a dialogue with the European Union.

The heads of the Orthodox Church's representations at the EU and Father Piotr Mazurkiewicz, the General Secretary for the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community, took park in the first working meeting which was held last Tuesday.

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27.11.2009 18:45:00

Patriarch Kirill suggests introducing term "a Russian world country"

Patriarch Kirill suggests introducing term «a Russian world country»Moscow. A new term could be introduced which would denote a community of the countries united by the Russian culture, said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

«The term 'a Russian world country' could be introduced into usage. It would mean that a country sees itself as part of the Russian world, if it uses Russian as the language of international communication, promotes the Russian culture, and preserves the general historical memory,» Patriarch Kirill said at the opening of the 3rd Russian World Assembly in Moscow on Tuesday.

Today the nations inhabiting the area of the historical Rus should «realize their being part of the same civilization and see the Russian world as their common supranational project,» the Patriarch said.

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25.11.2009 22:42:00

MP Threatens To Break Ties with the EKD over Female Bishop as Head of the German Body

MP Threatens To Break Ties with the EKD over Female Bishop as Head of the German BodyDialogue between the MP and the Evangelical (Lutheran) Church of Germany (EKD) was amicable for 50 years. In fact, the two churches are planning to celebrate this long relationship in late November. However, that celebration will be the last official contact between the two religious groups, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant. The election of a divorced female as the head of the EKD outrages many clergy in the MP. The Orthodox Church does not allow women to become priests, let alone take on leadership roles. Rev Georgy Zavershinsky noted that this election now makes dialogue between the two churches impossible. «A female bishop is a contradiction of evangelical principles», Fr Georgy said. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all the Russias still has to rule on the matter. Conservative members of the MP support threats to ostracise German Protestants [over this matter]. Russian Orthodox priest Alexander Prilutski called the election of a woman [as the presiding bishop of the EKD] a «sign of crisis in Western society».

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