For Kyiv archbishop, a rotating fast for peace in Ukraine will be held after the Synod

Moscow (AsiaNews) - The 87th Plenary Assembly of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO) opened today until Thursday when an audience with Pope Francis will bring the meeting to a close. As expected, the event will focus on the crises in Syria and Iraq, but it will also look at the situation of […]

Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Oleksandr Feldman menaced in Kiev

(JTA) — Oleksandr Feldman, a Ukrainian lawmaker and Jewish leader, said he was threatened in Kiev by uniformed men who hurled anti-Semitic insults at him. Feldman, president of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, told police that the unidentified men surrounded his car on June 17 near the parliament building, Ukrainian Jewish Committee director Eduard Dolinsky told […]

Lithuanian rescuers of Jews declared freedom fighters

(JTA) — Lithuania’s Parliament passed an amendment recognizing Holocaust-era rescuers of Jews as freedom fighters. The amendment, which entitles the families of rescuers to special state pensions, passed Tuesday by a majority of 72 lawmakers present, the news site 15min. lt reported. The Jewish Community of Lithuania praised the vote. “Finally, the Lithuanian government has expressed […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims face up to six years’ imprisonment

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service Four of the 16 Jehovah’s Witnesses on criminal trial in Taganrog and both the Muslim women whose criminal trial in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk is imminent face up to six years’ imprisonment each if convicted. All have been accused of organising an “extremist” religious community banned by […]

Jewish Voices From the Front Lines of Donetsk

A few months ago, Donetsk was a bustling industrial city, with a thriving economy as eastern Ukraine’s capital of coal and steel industries. A mere two-hour drive from the Russian border, Donetsk today has become a no-man’s zone of sorts, as the fighting between pro-Russian and Ukrainian forces escalates and as the city residents either […]

Kyiv Greek Catholic archbishop tells “Orthodox brothers” not to believe propaganda, look at the truth

Moscow (AsiaNews) – Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, tensions are getting worse between local Catholics and the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, which continues to denounce the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine for its alleged involvement with Western policy vis-à-vis Russia. In making an appeal for reconciliation through AsiaNews, the Major Archbishop of Kyiv, Sviatoslav […]

Holocaust Museum Urges Ukraine To Examine Its History of Anti-Semitism

by Nathan Guttman   As Ukraine grapples with political upheaval and threats to its territorial integrity, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is confronting the country’s post-revolution government with another, no less difficult challenge: contending with its past treatment of Jews. The museum has urged the new government in Kiev to set up an international […]

An Open Letter to the Patriarch of Moscow

by George Wiegel http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/06/an-open-letter-to-the-patriarch-of-moscow   His Holiness, Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Danilov Monastery 115191 Moscow RUSSIA Your Holiness: Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering with pleasure our meeting in Washington some years ago, I am prompted to write by what I once hoped was a common concern for the […]

Beaten and threatened: the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ turns on city’s priests

by David Blair Praying for peace can be a dangerous endeavour for Christians in Donetsk, especially if they happen not to follow the Russian Orthodox Church. The self-declared “People’s Republic”, which controls this Ukrainian city and much of the surrounding region, proclaims Orthodoxy to be its official religion. Inside their occupied headquarters building, leaders of […]