Russian Church has 180 million faithful; 36,000 churches; 1,000 monasteries; 56 seminaries—pat. Kirill

November 1, 2017 News
276789.p – 1/11/17 On an official visit to the Romanian Orthodox Church last week, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia spoke of the rebirth of Orthodoxy in both Russia and Romania, following the fall of communism in both countries. According to the primate, the number of faithful included in the flock of the […]

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May 11, 2017 Featured – 11/5/17 The majority of residents of Central and Eastern Europe are Orthodox Christians, their numbers increasing while those of Catholics have been decreasing, according to new findings of the Pew Research Center. Overall, about 57% consider themselves Orthodox, including residents of ten countries with an Orthodox majority, including Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Belarus, Bulgaria, […]

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February 21, 2017 News
Photo: – 21/2/17 The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, has decided to allocate 50,000 euros ($53,100) for the restoration of the city’s Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos, reports RIA-Novosti. A statement from the municipality noted that an agreement on use of the funds for restoring the church, popularly known as the Kazan Church, will […]

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September 13, 2016 Featured News

RISU – September 2016 Also Read: PRESIDENT THANKS PARLIAMENT FOR THEIR APPEAL TO PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW I ON AUTOCEPHALY OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN UKRAINE Former Presidents of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and Victor Yushchenko were negotiating with the Ecumenical Patriarch on Ukrainian church issue, and the possible granting of autocephaly. Recently, Ukrainian media have reported that […]

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How Orthodox parishes live abroad

February 8, 2015 Featured News
How Orthodox parishes live abroad

Vestnik Kavkaza – February 2015 About a month has passed since the tragedy in Paris when 12 members of the Charlie Hebdo magazine were killed in an attack. The reaction in Russia differed from that in the West. The cartoonists were not called heroes there, people doubted that freedom of speech was above the feelings of […]

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Rally in defense of the family values takes place in Tallin

October 8, 2014 Featured News

October 2014 – A large rally in defense of family values and against passage of the civil partnership law (which will recognize same-sex unions) took place in Tallin on Sunday near the house of parliament, reports RIA-Novosti. The partnership act that enables a legal registration of same-sex unions, among other unions, was adopted at […]

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Synod of Estonian Orthodox Church holds its regular session

September 29, 2014 News

On 16 September 2014, a regular session of the Synod of the Estonian Orthodox Church took place in Tallinn under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Kornily of Tallinn and All Estonia. Bishop Lazar of Narva and Prichudye took part in the meeting. The participants in the session heard reports on the activities of the Publishing Department […]

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Estonia’s Prime Minister Taavi Roivas congratulates Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia on his 90th birthday

June 21, 2014 Featured News

Estonian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate – June 2014 On June 19, 2014, Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia turned 90 year old. On the eve of the celebrations, the Primate of the Estonian Orthodox Church was visited in his residence by Estonia’s Prime Minister Taavi Roivas. The prime minister congratulated Metropolitan Cornelius on […]

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Estonian Orthodox Composer Arvo Pärt Thrills NYC Audience

June 4, 2014 Featured News

  SVOTS – Deborah (Malacky) Belonick – 4/6/14 With a sustained standing ovation, a capacity crowd at Isaac Stern Auditorium Carnegie Hall lauded the music and person of Estonian Orthodox Christian composer Arvo Pärt, after a stunning performance of five of his well-known works, Saturday, May 31. The concert was the culmination of three years […]

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Leaders of Christian Churches from thirteen countries call to peace in Ukraine

March 2, 2014 News

February-March 2014 We, representatives of the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christian communities of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Estonia, have gathered together to express our common opinion on the issues of vital concern for people in our countries. These days, our prayers and sincere concern are for […]

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Patriarch Bartholomew Meets With President of Estonia

September 8, 2013 News

Christina Flora – 8/9/13 Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew had a meeting with the President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves. His All-Holiness is paying an official visit to Estonia where he also met with the President of the Parliament Ene Ergma, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, according to an announcement […]

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Patriarch Kirill concludes his primatial visit to Estonia

June 18, 2013 News

18/6/13 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia paid his primatial visit to Estonia from June 14 through 16, 2013. The official delegation accompanying His Holiness consisted of Metropolitan Hilarion of Vol0kolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR); Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative […]

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Patriarch Kirill begins a primatial visit to Estonia

June 15, 2013 Featured News

On June 14, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has arrived in Estonia. At the airport, he was met by Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia, Bishop Lazar of Narva and Prichudye, Estonia’s State Secretary Heiki Loot, Russian ambassador to Estonia, Yu, Merzlyakov, and Belarus’s Charges-des-Affaires V. Lazerko. The delegation […]

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There are more Orthodox than Lutherans in Estonia

May 1, 2013 Featured News

1/5/13 There are more Orthodox Christians than representatives of other religions among residents of Estonia aged 15 and above. 16% of Estonia’s population call themselves Orthodox, reports Interfax Religion. According to the 2011 population and living space census, 10% of the Estonian population consider themselves Lutherans, reported the Department of Statistics on Monday. At the […]

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Orthodox cathedral to be built in Estonian city

March 11, 2013 News

11/3/13 The ceremony of laying down the first stone of an Orthodox cathedral and a religious procession in connection with this occasion took place in the Estonian city of Narva on Sunday. It is planned that the construction of the cathedral’s walls and cupola will be finished somewhere in September 2013. According to preliminary estimations, […]

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Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town

February 19, 2013 News

Sean McLachlan 18/2/13 Tallinn is a medieval wonderland. The capital of Estonia isn’t on a lot of people’s bucket list but anyone at all interested in history, architecture or art will love this place. The central attraction is Old Town, a medieval walled city filled with old buildings and fortifications. The sheltered bay and the […]

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Patriarch Kirill to make a pilgrimage to Mount Athos and visit Estonia

December 30, 2012 Featured News

Moscow, December 29, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is to visit Greece, Mount Athos and the Baltic States next year. “Early in June the Patriarch plans to visit Greece. Visiting the Greek Orthodox Church he will return the Archbishop Ieronymos’ of Athens and All Greece visit to Russia in 2012. The […]

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Savisaar: Lasnamäe Orthodox Church Will Be Ready By Deadline

June 29, 2012 News

27/6/2012 Estonia Upon returning from a three-day official visit to Moscow today, Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar said that the construction of the Orthodox Church in the city’s Lasnamäe district will be completed by the planned 2013 deadline. According to Savisaar, during his stay in Moscow, he met with heads of the Andrei Pervozvannoi Fund, which […]

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Orthodox Church Canonizes 11 Estonian Martyrs

May 18, 2012 News

17/5/2012 The Synod of Constantinople has canonized 11 clerics and lay persons who perished during the first two years of the Soviet occupation of Estonia. A decree of canonization was read today in the Church of Transfiguration of Our Lord in Tallinn that added 9 men and 2 women to the Orthodox Church’s list of […]

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Estonia does not treat cultural sites so barbarically

October 5, 2011 News

Izborsk: ruins of the fortress with an Orthodox chapel | Photo: Wikimedia Commons Kristopher Rikken 3/10/2011 Critical of local government they say runs roughshod over locals, some residents of a small town in Russia’s Pskov oblast just over the border have proposed a last resort measure: to return the town to Estonia, — reported […]

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Is Estonia really the least religious country in the World?

September 16, 2011 News

Ringo Ringvee Guardian, UK 16/9/2011 Estonians, and especially the young, have turned their backs on organised religion, but belief in neo-paganism is thriving. Estonia and the Czech Republic are the two nations that often claim to be the least religious in Europe. And they seem to be proud of their unbelief. According to the census […]

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