I urge all of us to find our own personal place in God's plan for Ukraine and the world, and to find our part in establishing God's Wisdom in the modern world. The Father and Head of the UGCC emphasized this during his sermon to the faithful on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Rome. This year, the UGCC celebrates the 50th anniversary of the consecration of this temple, which was built by Patriarch Josyf Slipyj.
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On 28th August 2019, Feast Day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, participants in the Summer Institute for representatives of the Roman Catholic Church attended the Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin.
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Once again we want to express our sincere will to continue the dialogue and the desire for even deeper reconciliation between our Churches. We trust that our Churches will soon be able to proclaim the Polish Pope as the patron of our reconciliation – we read in
 
By Romfea.news  -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent a message on the 30th anniversary since the establishment of the Feast of Indiction, that it the beginning of a new ecclesiastical year, as the “Day of Protection of the Environment.”

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If the oldest Church in Ukraine - Saint Sophia in Kyiv - is open for worship services, no Church should not get the exclusive right for it.  --  read moreThe head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav has said about it in an interview for Tsenzor.NET, the Ukrainian news portal.

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Ukrainian Parish of St. Archangel Michael, Florence, September 13-15, invites to participate in a Church-wide pilgrimage to the Florentine Cathedral to honor the relics of St. John Chrysostom. The pilgrimage will be led by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, accompanied by the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC.

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Statement of the Meeting of the Heads of the Christian Churches in Damascus
 
On 9 August 2019, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, currently on a working visit at the Philippines, met with Louis Antonio Gokim Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

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CAIRO - 2 August 2019: Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of Alexandria, is set to hold a meeting on Friday with board members of the Coptic churches in the Arab Gulf states on the sidelines of the conference of the priests of the Arabian Gulf, hosted by the monastery of Bishop Bishoy in Wadi Natroun over the past three days.

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Moscow, August 1, Interfax - The Vatican embassy to Russia has denied online reports alleging that Pope Francis will attend celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the victory in WWII in Moscow next year.  -  "The Apostolic Nunciature in the Russian Federation is unaware of such rumors," a source in the Nunciature secretariat told Interfax on Thursday.

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The crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has galvanized some American religious communities. Many congregations have thrown themselves into sheltering and advocating for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. But the issue has also divided some churches.

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The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), representing over 1000 traditional rabbinic leaders in matters of public policy, today said statements of support for Rev. Al Sharpton from Senators (and Presidential candidates) Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren reflected “great insensitivity” towards the Jewish community. Following an attack on Sharpton from President Donald Trump, Harris claimed that Sharpton “has spent his life fighting for what’s right and working to improve our nation,” while Warren said he “has dedicated his life to the fight for justice for all.”   
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pax Christi International has two new co-presidents and while they hail from different continents, they share the view that rampant violence is posing ever-growing danger to the world.
 
Tout comme l’Église orthodoxe, la petite Église catholique d’Érythrée est dans le viseur du régime totalitaire du président Issayas Afeworki. En juin, ses 29 hôpitaux ont été confisqués et nationalisés.
 
In Nigeria, a ban on a Shiite Muslim group came after a court ruled the government could classify it as a "terrorist organization." Cardinal Onaiyekan of Abuja decries the move saying it sets a dangerous precedent for all religious minorities.
 
Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and the policies that led to the Holocaust all began with words, including words that targeted “the other,” Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago wrote in a July 24 commentary in the Chicago Catholic, the archdiocesan newspaper.

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(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria on Monday led a Mass to commemorate the first death anniversary of bishop Epiphanius of St. Macarius Monastery who was killed on 29 July 2018.  ---  Pope Tawadros II said in his speech that Epiphanius was known for his moderate thoughts, and he was admired by all the people he knew.
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SERGIEV POSAD, Russia — Russian Orthodox Christian pilgrims recite prayers and cross themselves as the melodious sound of church bells fills the air at the 14th century Trinity Lavra monastery in Sergiev Posad, a small town near Moscow.  Women, their heads covered in accordance with Orthodox tradition, sell religious icons and Bible literature, while a bearded monk dressed in a long black cassock walks slowly toward the white walls that encircle the monastery.
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ST.  MATTHEW’S MONASTERY, Iraq—Some 20 miles from Mosul in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, this Christian monastery has stood high on the slopes of Mount Alfaf since the year 363. Once home to about 7,000 monks in the ninth century, it’s among the oldest Christian monasteries in the world. 
 
On 25 July 2019, session of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in the Supreme Church Council’s Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour under chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
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Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, presided over by Patriarch Theophilos III, during the meeting concluded on July 25, decided to remove the canonical sanctions concerning the previous Patriarch, Ireneos I, which the same Synod had removed from the patriarchal office in 2005. Ireneos, thanks to the new disposition of the Synod, regains the episcopal office - which had been taken away from him - and was given the title of "Patriarch Emeritus".
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Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The Chaldean Church officially reaffirms its disapproval and its clear distancing from the formation and work of armed groups of the so-called "Christian militias". With an official declaration by the Chaldean Patriarchate sent to Agenzia Fides, it is stressed that the very idea of forming "Christian" armed militias "contradicts Christian spirituality" aimed at nourishing feelings of love, tolerance, forgiveness and peace.
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(RNS) — Just weeks into President Trump’s first term, David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network asked the businessman-turned-politician whether he would make the plight of Christians facing religious persecution abroad a priority of his administration.  “Yes,” Trump said. “They’ve been horribly treated.”  
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Persian Gulf crisis: “What is happening in Hormuz is the predictable escalation of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal of May 8 2018”, said Matteo Bressan, Professor of International Relations at LUMSA University. The United States’ “maximum pressure” strategy on Iran is aimed at a new agreement the Islamic country will find hard to accept

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Persian Gulf crisis: “What is happening in Hormuz is the predictable escalation of US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal of May 8 2018”, said Matteo Bressan, Professor of International Relations at LUMSA University. The United States’ “maximum pressure” strategy on Iran is aimed at a new agreement the Islamic country will find hard to accept

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Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2019 / 01:21 pm (CNA).- As some Christian genocide victims rebuild their homes in Northern Iraq, a tenuous security situation still threatens their future in the region.

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(Peter Anderson) Most of the results are now known for the expedited parliamentary elections that were held in Ukraine last Sunday, July 21.  There is, of course, much information available in the secular media concerning the results.  The following are two short articles in English giving a general overview.

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Moscow, July 22, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church official believes that the trade war between China and the USA will negatively reflect on availability of Bible in the United States and English-speaking world in general.  --  
"The taxes introduced by President Trump will hit not only Chinese economy, but also the Christian mission and not only in China, but in the United States," Metropolitan Hilarion said on air Church and the World program on Rossiya-24 TV-channel.
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Government restrictions on religion have increased across the globe — and Christians and Muslims are persecuted in more countries than any other religious group, Pew Research Center has found.   --   Pew's report, titled "A Closer Look at How Religious Restrictions Have Risen Around the World," covered a 10-year span, from 2007 to 2017, and studied 198 countries.
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