Prayers are being requested by the Khust Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church for a greatly loved and elderly priest, serving in the southwestern Ukrainian village of Chernotisov, who had to be taken to the hospital recently after suffering a beating at the hands of unknown assailants.
The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations (AUCCRO) has sided with a priest of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church who declined to serve a funeral for a child who had been baptized by the schismatic “Kiev Patriarchate.”
Deputy Speaker of the Russian State Duma Irina Yarovaya spoke of Russia’s military intervention in Syria recently, noting that terrorism is the main threat to peace and that Russia is fighting in Syria for the interests of all Orthodox people and all peaceful citizens.
Modern politicians are unable to unite the Church, but can only cause greater divisions. Therefore, they should remain within their own sphere and not interfere in the Church’s internal affairs, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev said in his sermon on Friday in Kharkov.
Monk Sophronios (Copan) is an American monk living out his monastic calling in a small monastery in Eastern Kosovo, dedicated to the Holy Archangels Gabriel and Michael. Orthochristian.com recently had the opportunity to interview him about his experiences as an American and a monastic in Kosovo while he was in America giving talks about his monastery and the contemporary situation of Orthodox Christians in Muslim-majority Kosovo.
The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raška-Prizren strongly condemns the latest series of incidents which indicate that there is a serious deterioration of the security situation in which Serbs with their Orthodox Church live in Kosovo and Metohija.
In the evening of May 19, 2018, during the Sunday All-Night Vigil, four militants attacked the Church of the Archangel Michael in Grozny. The bandits killed two officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who were guarding the church, and then tried to break into the church.