MIRACLE AT DOCHEIARIOU MONASTERY: MAN MUTE FROM BIRTH BEGINS SPEAKING BEFORE WONDERWORKING ICON

Pravoslavie.ru - 24/12/16 A miracle that occurred early in December at Docheiariou Monastery on Mt. Athos has been recounted by a monk who witnessed that event. This story was also recounted during a public Church event in Thessaloniki. “In Her [the Virgin Mary’s] home, at Docheiariou Monastery on Holy Mount Athos, where the monastery abbot, the venerable elder ...

UKRAINE ASKS DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES TO RECOGNIZE HOLODOMOR AS GENOCIDE

Pravoslavie.ru - 9/12/16 The Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) has appealed to democratic countries with a request to recognize the Holodomor [a man-made mass famine—O.C.] of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. The relevant document at the second reading and at the plenary meeting in general was endorsed Wednesday by 233 people’s deputies, ...

CHRISTIAN REFUGEES HAVE BROUGHT INTEREST IN CHRISTIANITY TO EUROPE, SAYS PRIMATE OF POLISH ORTHODOX CHURCH

Pravoslavie.ru - 29/11/16 Christian refugees from the Middle East contribute to the spread of interest in Orthodoxy across the globe and its adoption in the countries receiving them, Metropolitan Savva of Warsaw and All Poland, the primate of the Polish Orthodox Church, has said in an interview with RIA-Novosti. “Migration from the Middle East is contributing to the ...

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR COUNTERACTION AGAINST RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Pravoslavie.ru - 25/11/16 The EU Parliament has begun to consider a draft of the resolution “Strategic Communications in the EU as Opposition to the Propaganda of Third Parties.” The Euro-deputies provided the following examples of enemy propaganda: the Russian Today, theSputnik news agency, and the Russian Orthodox Church, reports Lenta.ru, with reference to a press-release of the ...

PRIEST SAVES WOMAN FROM SUICIDE

Archpriest Nikolai Zagorodniy with family

Pravoslavie.ru - 24/11/16 On November 19 in Kiev, an elderly woman living in a high-rise apartment building decided to commit suicide. She stepped out of her apartment and onto the ledge of the balcony but hesitated to jump. The locals who spotted the incident called the police and rescuers. The police were the first to arrive at the ...

PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW CALLS UPON PRIMATE OF GREEK CHURCH TO PREVENT RECONSIDERATION OF CRETE COUNCIL DECISIONS

Pravoslavie.ru - 22/11/16 Today the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece will make the final decision on its position as to the Crete Council. Yesterday Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople called on the Archbishop of Athens to prevent reconsideration of the results of “the Holy and Great” Council and to defend the documents approved at it, reports ...

KURDISH SOLDIERS RESTORE CHURCH CROSS AND BELL DESTROYED BY TERRORISTS IN BASHIQA

Pravoslavie.ru - 16/11/16 Church bells are ringing again in the town of Bashiqa in Northern Iraq for the first time since it was seized by militants of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) two years ago, reports PUKmedia. The Liturgy was celebrated in church for the first time in a long time. A large cross was installed by ...

UNIQUE PRAYER BOOK FOR THE BLIND PUBLISHED IN ARKHANGELSK

Pravoslavie.ru - Arkhangelsk - November 2016 A Braille prayer book for the blind has been presented in Arkhangelsk. The publication was blessed by Metropolitan Daniel of Arkhangelsk and Kholmogory. The unique book was printed in the regional specialized library for the blind, reports the Arkhangelsk Diocese’s website. Methodologist at the library for the blind Nikolai Smirnov related how ...

PETITION WRITTEN UP AGAINST HOLDING EUROVISION CONTEST IN KIEV’S ST. SOPHIA’S

Pravoslavie.ru - 11/11/16 A petition to prohibit holding the opening ceremony of the singing contest “Eurovision 2017” on the territory of Kiev’s St. Sophia’s Cathedral national preserve has appeared on the Kiev City Council’s website, reports RIA-Novosti. The St. Sophia’s preserve, under UNESCO protection, is being considered by the event’s organizers as the venue for the opening ceremony ...

25,000 SWISS CITIZENS SIGN PETITION ASKING NOT TO REMOVE CRUCIFIXES FROM PUBLIC PLACES

Pravoslavie.ru - November 2016 Nearly 25,000 Swiss citizens signed a petition filed November 4 in the Swiss Federal Chancellery. Signatories are asking not to remove crucifixes from the republic’s public facilities, reports Sedmitza.ru. It was the Der Neue Rütlibund conservative Christian organization that proposed to file a petition of this kind in May 2016. The petition’s authors demand that ...

VORONEZH METROPOLIA RAISES 14.5 MILLION RUBLES FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER

Pravoslavie.ru - 8/11/16 Metropolitan Sergei of Voronezh and Liski has already handed over certificates of receipt of funds raised during its campaign to parents of children with terminal cancer, reports the Voronezh Metropolia’s press service. Fifty-one families received 130,000 rubles each for medical treatment for their children. A part of the funds raised have been handed over ...

PRIMATE OF GREEK CHURCH: PLANNED ERADICATION OF ORTHODOX AND GREEK NATIONAL IDENTITY UNDERWAY

Pravoslavie.ru - November 2016 The Archbishop of Athens again stressed that at the meeting between the hierarchy of the Church of Greece and the Greek government, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras guaranteed that in this academic year new textbooks would not be used for teaching religious studies, and the subject would be reformed only by agreement with the ...

METROPOLITAN AMFILOHIJE: NATO IS FLOODING EUROPE AND THE WHOLE WORLD WITH BLOOD

Pravoslavie.ru - 2/11/16 Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has once again expressed his opinion on the closer relations between NATO and Montenegro. In his speech delivered during the consecration of the church of Hieromartyr Athenogenes and the celebrations dedicated to the 140th anniversary of Battle of Vucji Do, the hierarch shared his position on the current ...

NO CHURCH MINISTRY SHOULD BE USED FOR PERSONAL PURPOSES, SAYS PATRIARCH KIRILL

Pravoslavie.ru - 3/11/16 During a meeting of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill with the members of the seventh “Faith and Word” international festival the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was asked several questions. When asked what criteria to use to in running an ecclesial information service in a quality and professional manner, especially in the sphere of ...

MOSES MEMORIAL ON TOP OF MOUNT NEBO OPENS AGAIN TO PILGRIMS

Pravoslavie.ru - 25/10/16 The memorial to Moses on the summit of the famous Biblical Mount Nebo has again opened to pilgrims who wish to visit the site of the repose of the God-seer in the Holy Land, after the memorial was closed for restoration work for ten years, reportsSedmitza.ru. The memorial to Moses, situated seven kilometers (c. 4.35 ...

MOSCOW CITY DUMA SUPPORTS ERECTING MONUMENTS TO PATRIARCHS OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA

Pravoslavie.ru The Commission for Monument Art of the Moscow City Duma has supported the proposal to install artistic images of the patriarchs of Moscow and All Russia near the Patriarchal Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The decision was made Thursday at a meeting of the Commission for Monument Art at the Moscow City Duma, reports TASS. “We ...

“THE MONK AND THE DEMON” WINS KIEV ORTHODOX FILM FESTIVAL

pravoslavie.ru  - 18/10/16 The winner of the grand prize of this year’s fourteenth “Pokrov” (“Protection”) Kiev Orthodox Film Festival is the film by Russian director Nikolai Dostal “The Monk and the Demon,” reports the film festival’s officialwebsite.Fifty-six animation, documentary and feature films from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia and Poland were contenders for the festival’s highest awards. The ...

PAST TWENTY-EIGHT YEARS SHOW GREATEST GROWTH OF FAITH IN RUSSIA—METROPOLITAN HILARION

Pravoslavie.ru - October 2016 Religious faith in Russia never grew more intensively than in the past three decades, believes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. The head of the Department of External Church Relations (DECR) spoke about religious faith in Russia, and its history and revival in recent decades at a meeting with a group of professors and 250 students ...

SCANDALOUS CRUCIFIX “CHRISTA” INSTALLED IN NY CATHEDRAL

New York City - October 2016 A crucifix depicting Christ with a woman’s figure was installed at the Episcopalian Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, more than thirty years after it had been displayed at the cathedral for the first time, reports The New York Times. The crucifix, called “Christa” was created by ...

PUTIN SUPPORTS TEACHING SPIRITUAL AND MORAL CULTURE AT SCHOOLS

Pravoslavie.ru - 8/10/16 The head of the state spoke about this during his conversation with the winners of the all-Russian “Teacher of the Year” contest, reports TASS. “Of course it’s useful. The only question is how it is going to be organized and implemented,” said the president, answering whether a general cultural course which would be taught to ...

BISHOP TIKHON (SHEVKUNOV) MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OF MACEDONIA

Pravoslavie.ru - 6/10/16 On October 3 Bishop Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Yegoryevsk, Vicar of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, met with the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov, reports the Makfax independent Macedonian news agency. During the meeting they exchanged views on the present state of relations between the Macedonian Orthodox Church which is unrecognized ...