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Eastern Rite Catholics fear for their rights in Ukraine

October 8th, 2010 2 comments

While in the Western Europe and United States the Orthodox Churches are presenting themselves very open to dialogue with the Catholic Church, the reality in the Orthodox countries is totally different.

In Ukraine, recently, the Orthodox Church is trying to stop the Greek-Catholics to build a new church in Odessa on their own land. For many people living in Western democracies something like that might sound unbelievable. Unfortunately, this is the reality that the Catholic minority is living in.

Jonathan Luxmoore wrote an informative article about what is happening in Odessa.

In Western Europe and United State the Catholic Church offers hundreds of Catholic churches to the Orthodox communities to conduct their religious services.

In Ukraine on the other hand, like in Romania, the Orthodox Church does everything in its power to stop the Catholics to take their properties confiscated by the communists back or to build new churches.

This is the hypocrisy of ecumenism practiced by the Orthodox Churches.

Two Romanian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

October 1st, 2010 No comments

Two Romanian solders part of the NATO coalition fighting in Afghanistan were killed, and another one was injured Friday after their vehicle ran over an improvised explosive device (IED).

Major-sergeant Marius Florin, 25, (foto right) and solder Cristian-Petru Filip, 26, (foto left) died after their HUMVEE was attacked with an IED, according to a release from the Romanian Defense Ministry.

Corporal Vasile Zbanca injured in the attack was evacuated by a helicopter and is in a stable situation.

Traian Basescu, the Romanian President, sent a letter to the families of the killed solders expressing his condolences and saying that “they will always remain in our memory for their courage in serving the peace and security.”

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, maintains a contingent of 1,663 soldiers in Afghanistan. So far, 17 Romanians have been killed and more than 50 injured in the mission there.