Gay prides strike spiritual values – the Orthodox Church of Moldova

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September 2014 The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova condemned gay prides and the “Equality law”, adopted by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in May 2012, informs Interfax Religion. “With the infamous complicity of the Government, active promoters of homosexuality are strengthening their positions and are implementing broad media campaigns for the promotion ...

Monastery and nuclear center in Sarov to open a scientific and spiritual center

4/7/13 A scientific and spiritual centre is to be established on the basis of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center and the Dormition Monastery of Sarov, reports Interfax-Religion. It is planned that conferences and other events will be held at the scientific and spiritual center for development of the dialogue between representatives of the scientific community and the ...

There are more Orthodox than Lutherans in Estonia

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 same time, the ...

It may be tragic, but I’ll never have a Breguet. And I also won’t have “not expensive watch with the coat of arms” – Patriarch Kirill

Valentina TRUBETSKAYA, Interfax-Religion editor-in-chief 8/4/2012 It may be tragic, but I'll never have a Breguet. And I also won't have "not expensive watch with the coat of arms". I just don't wear watch. As happiness takes no account of time and I affiliate myself to those happy people who live in a real, not virtual world. Every evening ...

Guardian of Holy Virgin’s Belt from Mt. Athos decides to go to jail

Moscow, December 27, Interfax - Archimandrite Efrem, the rector of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos, has agreed to follow the court ruling on his arrest. "Archimandrite Efrem under the pressure of Greek law enforcement bodies has decided to go to jail. He will be in custody as of this evening," Yevgeny Nikiforov, chairman of Radonezh ...

Russian Church to open children hospice in Moscow

Moscow, September 20, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate organizes a fundraising action for children hospice on September 25 in frames of charitable event The Day of White Flower. "It is planned to open the hospice in Sts Martha and Mary Convent where the event will take place. Ambulatory service will start working on October 3, and ...

Orthodox believers urge the government to give Moscow churches back to Church – one old church houses underwear shop and another a restaurant

Moscow, August 18, Interfax - The Association of Orthodox Experts expresses concern about challenges in applying the law on returning property of religious purpose to religious organizations. "The Association continuously monitors the situation and arrives at disappointing conclusions. There are examples of express blasphemy in Moscow: Michael the Archangel Church at Krasnaya Presnya Street which ...

Russian Cathedral in Nice closed as its wall partly Collapsed

*** Parishioners complain its current owners refuse to obey the court decision Moscow, June 30, Interfax - Two-meter piece of plaster collapsed from the Southern nave of St.Nicholas Church in Nice. "The church is closed. The overhanging wall and other parts of the building are examined," a church parishioner told Interfax-Religion. The plaster fell down near ...

Russian Church Responds To Osama’s Death

May 3, 2011 Interfax The elimination of the 'number one terrorist' does not solve the terror problem, said Archpriest Georgy Roschin, deputy head of the Russian Orthodox Church Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations. "The Russian Orthodox Church will not welcome the jubilation that we have seen in some countries. Whoever is caught by death, be they ...

Orthodox church desecrated in Bishkek

9/11/2010 Priest Dmitry Bogolyubov told an Interfax-Religion correspondent on Sunday that at 3 a.m. on November 6, unidentified criminals rushed into the guard's house, beat the guard, then tied him up and started torturing him trying to clear out where to find money and valuable things. "They torn down his cross, insulted him as a Christian. ...

Orthodox residents of Kosovo hope for Russian Support

Moscow, October 6, Interfax - Deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Nikolay Balashov who has recently visited the enthronement of new Serbian Patriarch Irinej says Kosovo residents lay special hopes for support of Russians. "Russia's support, spiritual unity with Orthodox people of the Holy Rus' inspires hope in Orthodox people ...

Georgian authorities struggle against the Church

Georgian authorities struggle against the Church giving church officials jeeps as presents – expert bilisi, June 28, Interfax – Georgian authorities weaken the Church encouraging it materially, Gulbaat Rtskhiladze, D.Sc. (Political Science) and head of the Tbilisi Eurasia Institute, said. "Acting authorities have found a simple and most effective way to struggle against Orthodoxy. They encourage ...

Candle of Memory international action starts in Moscow Cathedral

Candle of Memory international action starts in Moscow cathedral on the eve of commemorating the first war Day Moscow. June 21, Interfax – Action Candle of Memory: June 22 will be held on Monday evening in 100 cities and towns of Russia, Ukraine and Byelorussia. The action starts in the Moscow Yelokhovo Cathedral where the first "candle ...

Vatican hopes to strengthen relations with Russia – Nuncio

Moscow, March 23, Interfax - The Holy See representative to Russia Archbishop Antonio Mennini said he believes that the Moscow visit of Secretary for Relations with States Dominique Mamberti will strengthen bilateral relations."The visit and the meetings Dominique Mamberti has had in Moscow will certainly strengthen relations between Russia and the Vatican on the ...

Lenin’s body shouldn’t remain on Red Square, the Moscow Patriarchate believes

Moscow, January 21, Interfax – The Moscow Patriarchate believes that Lenin’s body should be taken out of the mausoleum on Red Square.“If Communists want to venerate Lenin’s body, as he is their idol, their shrine, then they have the Lenin Museum in Ulyanovsk, they can place his body there,” head of the Moscow Patriarchate ...