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Battle over ownership of Ukrainian monastery heats up again

An aerial photo shows the thousand-year-old Monastery of Caves, also known as Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the holiest site of Eastern Orthodox Christians taken through morning fog during a sunrise in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, 10th November, 2018.

RNS Orthodox Christians who support their church’s historic ties to Moscow prevented the Ukrainian government from taking possession of several buildings at the Monastery of the Caves complex in Kyiv on Tuesday, with dozens of protesters surrounding the entrance and blocking officials from entering. The fate of the 1,000-year-old Pechersk Lavra complex has been in […]

Ukraine’s main church to switch calendar in move away from Russia

A stork sits on the cross of an Orthodox Church of Ukraine church, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the village of Hrabivtsi, Vinnytsia region, Ukraine, on 23rd April, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Ukraine’s main Orthodox church said on Wednesday it had decided to switch to a calendar in which Christmas is celebrated on 25th December, a move that distances it from Russia. Ukrainian Christians, a majority of whom are Orthodox, have traditionally celebrated Christmas on 7th January alongside other predominantly Orthodox Christian countries such as […]

Church accused of Moscow ties expelled from two parishes in western Ukraine

Ukrainian police officers stand next to St George's Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, accused of being linked to Moscow, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine, on 5th April, 2023.

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters A Ukrainian branch of the Orthodox church accused of ties with Russia was expelled from the premises of two places of worship on Wednesday amid rising public anger against the organisation 14 months into Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian police officers stand next to St George’s Cathedral of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, […]

Chaplains made part of Ukraine’s military as war drags on

Heads of church organisations blessing Ukrainian military chaplains during the official ceremony of presenting certificates at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, 1st April, 2023.

Kyiv, Ukraine AP To the haunting chants of a church choir in Kyiv’s 11th century Saint Sophia Cathedral, the first group of chaplains to join the Ukrainian military’s command structure graduated in a ceremony Saturday. Heads of church organisations bless Ukrainian military chaplains during the official ceremony of presenting certificates at Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, […]