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Power of prayer: Contemplative cloisters coming to Crimea?

Mar 14, 2015 - 04:57 pm .- It’s been one year since fighting broke out in Ukraine. The death toll has surpassed 6,000. Almost 1 million people have been displaced. And a February ceasefire agreement with Russia has created only a tenuous halt in hostilities, leaving the future uncertain.

The life of minorities in Ukraine, one year after protests began

Nov 21, 2014 - 04:01 am .- One year ago, Mustafa Nayyem, a Ukrainian journalist born in Afghanistan,  began Euromaidan from his post on Facebook: "Let us be serious. Who is ready to come to The Independence Square today before midnight? Likes are not considered, only the comment, 'I am ready'.”

Faith in the time of annexation: A tough choice for Crimea's Church

Nov 4, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, religious groups there – aside from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) – are facing persecution, and restrictions on their ministry.

Catholics in Ukrainian border diocese face suffering, uncertainty

Sep 9, 2014 - 04:55 am .- For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said.  

Maidan protests gave rise to a 'new society' in Ukraine

Apr 10, 2014 - 04:01 am .- The three months of protests in Kyiv’s Maidan Square were a demonstration of Ukrainians’ moving beyond fear to find their freedom and founding a new society, a philosopher from the country’s east has reflected.

Pope assures Ukrainian people of his solidarity, prayers

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:22 pm .- In a March 17 meeting with the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Pope Francis expressed the Holy See’s commitment to building peace amid the country’s political crisis.

Three abducted priests in Crimea returned safely

Mar 16, 2014 - 05:48 pm .- Three priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who were kidnapped in Crimea over the weekend have reportedly been returned and are safe.

Ukraine’s churches unite behind nation, seek prayers for peace

Mar 5, 2014 - 05:04 pm .- Ukrainian religious leaders are standing together in their opposition to Russia’s use of troops in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and ask for payers for a peaceful end to the situation.

Ukrainian Catholic Church sees growth in south of country

Feb 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm .- A new diocese of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has been established in southern Ukraine, following a decision to divide the former Archiepiscopal Exarchate of Odesa-Krym in two.

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