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by Vladimir Rozanskij

The 39-year-old metropolitan was elected to the Unification Council two days ago. Also present were Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, a representative of the Patriarch of Constantinople, two bishops linked to the patriarchate of Moscow, accused of being "Judas". The autocephalous Tomos should be delivered by Constantinople on January 6th.

| 17/12/2018
| UKRAINE-RUSSIA

During the Angelus Pope Francis commented on the liturgical readings of Gaudete Sunday. “In a remote village in the Galilee, in the heart of a young woman unknown to the world, God ignited the spark of happiness for the whole world. And today the same proclamation is addressed to the Church,” he said. “No concern, no fear shall ever take away the serenity that comes from knowing that God lovingly guides our lives, always.” The pontiff urged the international community to implement the directives of the Marrakech conference on migration. He also mentioned the blessing of the Little Children (Bambinelli) brought by the children of Rome.

| 16/12/2018
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

Today a Council of Unification is being held in Kyiv to establish a Ukrainian Church independent of the Patriarchate of Moscow. Ukrainian security forces have subjected pro-Moscow priests to searches, arrests and “talks”. At least 56 pro-Moscow bishops are refusing to take part in the Council sponsored by Bartholomew I.

| 15/12/2018
| RUSSIA – UKRAINE

Receiving the artists who will perform at the Christmas concert at the Vatican, Francis said that "networking with education means allowing people to get up on their feet, to get back on their feet with full dignity" and it is also "a valid solution to open the gates of the refugee camps, allowing young migrants to enter new societies".

| 14/12/2018
| VATICAN
by Vladimir Rozanskij

The Council will be held tomorrow. The bishops of the three Churches (Kiev, Moscow, "autocephalous") should be present to elect the primate who will receive the tomos of independence from Bartholomew I. Moscow has already threatened excommunications. Poroshenko offers the Church of Saint Sophie as the cathedral of the new primate. In Ternopol, a violent brawl between bishop Tikhon ("autocephalous") and the faithful who want to move to the patriarchate of Kiev. The parish priest hospitalized with concussion and broken ribs.

| 14/12/2018
| UKRAINE-RUSSIA

In a message to a conference promoted by FAO, Francis notes that in many places "water is contaminated, garbage accumulates, deforestation progresses, the air is stale and the soil acidified. All this generates a harmful accumulation of evils and miseries."

| 13/12/2018
| VATICAN

Francis will travel to Bulgaria and visit the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

| 13/12/2018
| VATICAN – MACEDONIA – BULGARIA

"The lessons" learned from the two great world can "continue to convince the world’s people and their leaders of the futility of armed conflict and the need to resolve conflicts through patient dialogue and negotiation. ". No effective humanitarian solution to the mass migration crisis "can ignore our moral responsibility" to "welcome, protect, promote and integrate".

| 13/12/2018
| VATICAN

The paintings by the Swiss painter Mauro Valsangiacomo are on display. The Mediterranean, also with the drama of the refugees, is "an expanse of water from which" unfinished "forms emerge," the possibilities of a still unknown but positive future, full of hope ". The new monastery of the Trappist sisters will give work to the women left alone and hope for the young, helping Christians to remain in this land.

| 13/12/2018
| ITALY-SYRIA
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