Every second Saturday of the month, 4 pm - Divine Liturgy in English of Sunday - Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, Duke Street, London W1K 5BQ. Followed by refreshments.
Next Liturgy: Saturday 9th September, 4pm

To purchase The Divine Liturgy: an Anthology for Worship (in English), order from the Sheptytsky Institute here, or the St Basil's Bookstore here.
To purchase the Divine Praises, the Divine Office of the Byzantine-Slav rite (in English), order from the Eparchy of Parma here.
The new catechism in English, Christ our Pascha, is available from the Eparchy of the Holy Family and the Society. Please email johnchrysostom@btinternet.com for details.

"It's Now or Never: The Return of the Eastern Christians to Iraq and Syria" - John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need gives the annual Christopher Morris Lecture in the Society's 90th year. Monday 27th November at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family. 6-15 pm Divine Liturgy, 7-15 pm Lecture, 8-15 pm Reception. £10 donation requested. RSVP to johnchrysostom@btinternet.com







Friday, 16 May 2014

Metropolitan Hilarion: Meeting of Moscow Patriarch and the Pope off; blames Ukrainian Catholics - Talk to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera English











Orthodox priests picking their way through the battlements in Ukraine is a symbol of how this church is caught in the middle of an unholy conflict.

The majority of people on both sides of the Ukraine conflict are Christian, and most but not all are members of the Russian Orthodox Church. But the crisis is beginning to create a possibly serious conflict within the Russian Orthodox Church, and between the Church and the Vatican.


This has come after some church leaders in Ukraine - especially Catholic leaders - decided to push back against Russian influence, even asking US authorities to intervene. That's according to Metropolitan Hilarion, the man responsible for foreign relations at the Russian Orthodox Church.


For many years, top officials from his church and the Vatican have been trying to set up a meeting between their two leaders, the Patriarch Kirill and the Pope. But now, according to Hilarion, this will not happen in the near future due to actions taken by some Catholic leaders in Ukraine. "The problem with the Kiev Patriarchate - as well as, unfortunately, the Greek Catholics - is that they do not want to stand together. On the contrary, they take one position in the political battle, they support only one side of this battle, and this is not the way the Church is supposed to do," said Hilarion.


So what is next for the church? Could a conciliatory dialogue be possible? What repercussions will this conflict have within the Christian community? And is the church currently in a battle with liberalism? We explore all this as Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of external relations for the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, joins Sue Turton on Talk to Al Jazeera.


Metropolitan Hilarion: Unholy conflict - Talk to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera English
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