Category Archives: Reaction to discrimination and intolerance

Metropolitan Chrysostom: The authorities of Greece are consciously destroying the Christian faith

May 16, 2017 – Metropolitan Chrysostom of Trikke and Stagonsk has commented the decision of the Greek parliament to eliminate Sunday as a non-working day. The Metropolitan called the bill’s initiative “yet another provocative intervention”, aimed at de-Christianizing Greece. He called that the so-called “cultural revolution” is “a degradation of human identity and the turning of people into soulless machines […]

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Human rights defenders discuss facts of violations of Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s rights with OSCE

April 24, 2017 – The delegation of OSCE SMM headed by Mr. Mark Kirschbaum met with the head of NGO “Public Advocacy” Oleg Denisov. The meeting was attended by NGO advisor on media issues, cleric of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) (UOC-MP), priest Alexiy Zoshchuk. The sides discussed issues of interfaith conflicts and legislative regulation of the State-Church relationship. […]

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The Most Recent Threats to Visoki Dečani Monastery

April 20, 2017 – Dečani Municipality has been delilberately rejecting the implementation of the final ruling by the Constitutional Court of Kosovo which in June last year confirmed the property rights of Visoki Dečani Monastery. Instead of respecting the law a Kosovo-Albanian nationalist group is threatening the Monastery for weeks through the Kosovo press and has announced the blockade of […]

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Patriarch Kirill surprised to see no intl reaction to violence against Church in Ukraine

April 18, 2017 – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, at his last meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, shared photo images of paramilitary groups’ violence against parishioners of the (Moscow Patriarchate’s) Ukrainian Orthodox Church. “The silence of the world community is astounding,” the patriarch said at an annual Easter reception at the Russian Foreign Ministry. “Our Church is […]

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Human rights activists say how to protect a church from seizure

March 31, 2017 – NGO “Public Advocacy” published legal recommendations for members of religious communities on the protection of rights and interests in conflict situations. In situations of possible violations of the rights of UOC believers, human rights activists recommend the following basic actions for protection. Prevention of seizure when the first threats emerge. The rector and active lay people […]

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