He is Dennis Christensen, a Danish Jehovah’s Witness who has been living in Russia for some time and has now had his detention extended for another four months, who has thus become in the words of Anton Chivchalov, “the first political prisoner on purely religious grounds in Russia since the 1980s”

Participants will be able to listen to lectures and advice from experts from Scotland, Poland, Italy, and the United States

During his visit to Kharkiv, Cardinal Sandri told the UGCC faithful, “On both human and Christian levels, love for truth with which the apostles entrusted us prohibits us from accepting the silence which has fallen on the conflict in Ukraine and on the suffering which has befallen tens of thousands of people.”


The Cardinal’s visit to Ukraine has included events in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Kramatorsk, Slovyansk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zarvanytsia, and Lviv.


“We understand that this ecclesial communion, sealed with the blood of hundreds of thousands of known and unknown martyrs and confessors of our Church, is much more than unity in the canonical sense.”

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches of the Catholic Church, who previously visited Ukraine alongside Pope John Paul II, says he has returned in response to the specific request of Pope Francis to tell UGCC members “that you are not alone, that you have a special place in his heart.”


Ukrainians in Australia are celebrating 70 years of Ukrainian immigration, while the Ukrainian Catholic Parish is celebrating 65 years of organized life.


The religious leaders recommended the head of the Cabinet of Ministers to take measures to establish the familial and other moral values in society, in particular to raise the level of state family policy. In particular, Bishop of the UGCC Bohdan (Dziurakh) drew attention to the issues of amending the Constitution of Ukraine, which should not exclude the provision that marriage in Ukraine is a union of men and women.

Irina Ratushinskaya obituary 2017/7/11 11:45:53

Odessa-born Soviet poet and dissident sentenced to seven years in a labour camp who found refuge in the UK in the 1980s. In her prison poetry she was able to capture the atmosphere of the camp in a remarkable way, finding joy in the simplest experience.


[This 1986 photo was taken by Jane Bown for the Observer]


He is deservedly called one of the brightest Ukrainian lobbyists. He reminds that Ukraine should be seen as one of the centers of European history, as well as important for today. He is Timothy Snyder, famous historian, Professor of History at Yale University (USA) and IWM Permanent Fellow (Vienna, Austria). RISU caught him in Vienna and talked about past, future and the place for the church in it.


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