Ukraine's president renews call for autocephalous status for Orthodox church (112 Ukraine) Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful are divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Only the first is canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches; the second body is the largest of the three. In April, President Petro Poroshenko met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to seek autocephalous status for Ukraine’s Orthodox Christians—in effect, a canonically recognized independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.
In North Korea, despite hostile regime, the faith clings to life (Aid to the Church in Need) “Not soon but very slowly, I believe that Christianity will come back to the North along with the reform and opening up of North Korea,” said a South Korean priest. “The North Korean regime will not let down its guard against religions and missionary works so easily. Yet, I believe that the Holy Spirit will be with us, and we will need to make continuous efforts, along with much patience.”
Is Hungary experiencing a policy-induced baby boom? (Institute for Family Studies) “Hungary is not just experiencing a fertility spike; it’s winding back the clock on much of the fertility and family-structure transition that demographers have long considered inevitable,” according to the report. “Hungary is experiencing some fertility gains, probably at least partly as a result of a basket of policy changes including tax preferences, cash grants, loan subsidies, and constitutional protections.”