The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate has called on Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko to stop the military actions in the Lugansk and Donetsk regions.
“The clergy and believers from these regions are asking for all possible measures to be taken to stop the bloodshed, which is hurting civilians. Our believers in the eastern part of the country think that any contradictions should be resolved through dialogue and negotiation. Our entire church believes that problems should be resolved peacefully. Together we should do everything to prevent the deaths of civilians,” the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said in its address to Poroshenko, which was posted on its official website.
Members of the Synod also expressed hopes that Poroshenko will guarantee religious peace in the country. “Peaceful relations between churches and religious organizations in Ukraine are an important achievement of the years of independence. Despite the extremely tense public conflict of the past few months, we have managed to maintain religious peace,” the document says.
With a renewed commitment to Christian unity and an enduring desire to include people of all faiths in dialogue, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, joined his brother Pope Francis at the Vatican during an Invocation for Peace. Together with the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas participated in the interfaith summit of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Religious leaders read passages from the scriptures and offered prayers of thanksgiving for God’s creation, asking for God’s forgiveness and peace in the Middle East. Reading from the Prophet Isaiah, His All-Holiness reminded the people of the region that God had not abandoned them and that He would answer before they call, and hear while they yet speak (Isaiah 65.24). The Ecumenical Patriarch also invoked God’s blessings upon the Jewish, Christian and Muslim people in the Holy Land and prayed that their shared thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings may remind them that they are brothers and sisters.
Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church19. June 2014 - 7:34
Dear brothers and sisters, I address now the entire Fullness of our Church, all the peoples of historical Rus.
There can be nothing more important for us today than the continuing fratricide which rages on the territory of the Ukraine, taking away ever more lives.What is happening today, primarily in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and how are the members of our Holy Church to think of what is happening?
Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki attended, Sunday, at the Greek Orthodox Church in Tunis, the celebration by the Orthodox Christian community in Tunisia of the day of Pentecost, reads the official "Facebook" page of the Presidency of the Republic.
The ceremony was attended by the ambassadors of Russia and Serbia in Tunis. The Pentecost is celebrated each year, fifty days after the celebration of Easter.
The Shanghai Foreign Languages University and the Patriarchal Council for Culture signed an agreement to set up a center for studying Orthodox culture at the university in Shanghai. The document was signed by the University rector professor Cao Demin and executive secretary of the Patriarchal Council for Culture Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov), the Moscow Patriarchate website reports.
The Center will help to get acquainted with traditional Russian culture, organize scientific work, publish books, especially the Chinese-Russian Bible vocabulary and Orthodox terms vocabulary, launch exchange programs for students and aspirants, carry out seminars and conferences, lectures for students and aspirants in China and in Russia.