Many churches throughout Russia’s Protestant community have dedicated 2024 to be the “Year of the Family.”
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The world was shocked when Russia announced the death of Alexey Navalny. Lesser known is that the “dissident” was a Christian.
"Putin is supported by two-thirds of the countries in the world," claimed the missiologist and professor Johannes Reimer at a lecture in the Baptist church of Berlin-Lichtenberg on 9 December. "That's because he's the one who has stood up to the West."
The Russian State Duma has a new draft on the table. The Parliament has to decide whether private clinics should be allowed to terminate pregnancies.
The Ukrainian-Greek Catholic Church must cease all activities. That is a new order of the Russian authorities in the annexed region of Zhaporizhia.
Orthodox activists are starting a strange campaign in Belarus, writes columnist Zmicier Chvedaruk. “These activists are saying that other cultures are violent and shouldn’t exist at all.”
A group of Ukrainians have started a collective to call Christians to protect their spiritual values. The initiative is called “Platform of Christian Unity in the Baltic and Black Sea Region,” and it aims to organise meetups for Christians around Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland.
The Russian government is divided over the LGBT community. The Russian Justice Ministry wants more restrictions, but Putin promises more space in a remarkable statement.
Some regions in Russia have started legislating for restrictions on abortion. The Russian Orthodox Church is happy with that and even wants to see a nationwide ban on abortion. The population decline makes this necessary, the clergy thinks.
Private abortion clinics on the Crimean Peninsula no longer terminate pregnancies. According to officials, they “voluntarily” decided to stop.