Some were not interested in losing their power and corrupt privileges. Others preferred to continue their religious life with a “straw God”.
Around 130 delegates from different parts of the country reflected on the role of Christians. A manual for counselling the victims of violence has been published.
A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.
Representatives of 11 countries met in the Czech Republic to discuss the present and future of theological education in Central and Eastern Europe.
One in three citizens think corruption is one of the biggest problems facing their country. Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Spain are the worst judged.
Election in Crimea is questioned by many states. Only 47% of population voted. Evangelical Christians suffer under anti-evangelism law.
Institute for Economics and Peace says global deterioration “was driven by increased terrorism and higher levels of political instability.” Europe is the most peaceful region in the world, but Ukraine is the second country whith a bigger deterioration.
Freedom needs spiritual values, internalised discipline and self-government. The truth will set us free, Jesus promised.
France, Ukraine and Russia are the top three countries of origin. Terrorist attacks and anti-semitism in Europe could be main reasons of increase, say experts.
Over 1,000 religious communities which had legal status under Ukrainian law, are no longer recognised as legal entities under Russian law.
After the conflict with Russia, many in the Western part of the country ask for a second holiday on December 25. Evangelical Christians like the secretary of Ukraine’s security council Oleksander Turchynov back the idea.
“Secret Protestant Churches in Donetsk: Ukraine’s Religious War”. A 20-minute report produced by Simon Ostrovsky for Vice News.
“A jeep pulled up and 30 guys with assault rifles showed up”, a Pentecostal pastor explains in a video report produced by Vice News. Rebel soldiers occupy Protestant churches in Donetsk and impose Orthodox religion.
Brazil is the country where more Bibles were distributed. The figures rise significantly in conflict countries like Syria and Ukraine.
The refugee crisis, the hardships in Greece, the threat of Islamic terrorism, violence in Ukraine, the global financial crisis… Vote.
The Rada parliament voted by a sound majority to give more autonomy to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, currently under control of pro-Russian groups.
Ukrainians need to see that their striving for justice and peace only makes sense in a God who defines what is right and wrong
The striker scored twice for Sevilla FC, helping the team to win its fourth title. As other Colombian football players, he has a Christian faith.
The report tells of the takeover of Crimea by Russian troops in February 2014 and their deployment to aid separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Evangelical politician Turchynov (head of the national Security Council) sets sights on joining NATO. Russia and Ukraine agreed new arms withdrawal.
Pro-Russian gunmen terrorised Christians in Donbass and other towns of the region. Pastors have died and many churches have been destroyed.
Another tragedy in the conflict zone: about 70 people were working when the explosion happened in the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk. Many are still trapped underground.
Strong reactions from world leaders asking Russia for an “impartial investigation”. Nemtsov was assassinated hours before an anti-Putin rally in Moscow.
The Ukraine-Russia agreement includes the removal of heavy weapons and the release of all prisoners.
Germany and France join in to close a peace deal in Minsk. Civilians seek refuge across Russian border. More than 5,000 killed in the conflict.
Since the New Year, 118 civilians (7 of them children) have died in Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels try to build an army of 100,000. Obama is considering sending defensive arms to help Ukrainian forces.