Patriarch opens Orthodox forum

Moscow Time 4/11/2012 Accompanied by officials and an array of mainstream faith leaders, Patriarch Kirill has opened an Orthodox exhibition and forum dedicated to the 1,150th anniversary of Russia’s statehood, the 400th anniversary of the expulsion of invaders from Poland, the 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Napoleon and the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in ...

Patriarch Kirill visits tsunami affected Japanese areas

  Moscow Time 16/9/2012 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill hopes that the relations between Russians and Japanese will grow stronger. He addressed the clergy and parishioners at the Nikolai-do Cathedral in Tokyo after a 3-hour liturgy. Patriarch Kirill is on his first visit to Japan, which is timed to the centennial of Saint Archbishop Nikolai, the founder of ...

Kosovo Albanians attack Orthodox monk

17/5/2012 Moscow Time In Kosovo, a group of local Albanians attacked an Orthodox monk on a monastery compound outside the city of Orahovac just three hours after the Commander of the Kosovo international military force, Bernd Holtusen, visited the city. The unidentified Albanians punched the monk several times and then started throwing rocks at him. Anti-Serbian provocations have been ...

Old icon returns to Moscow Convent

Photo: RIA Novosti 6/5/2012 Milena Faustova Moscow Time On Sunday, Vladimir Putin, who will become Russia’s president on Monday, together with the head of the Russian Church Patriarch Kirill, took part in a religious procession in Moscow. The procession was held on the occasion of handling an old and very venerated icon of the Mother of God over to the ...

Metropolitan Yuvenaly: May Lord’s birth teach us

Moscow Time 6/1/2012 Metropolitan Yuvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna addressed the Voice of Russia listeners with his annual Christmas message on the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior celebrated on the night of January 7th . "Beloved brethren in the Lord, dear brothers and sisters in Christ! The Feast of the ...

Church and state join together to protect children’s rights

Milena Faustova Moscow Time 8/12/20111 Several scandals linked to the infringement of Russian children’s rights in some countries have prompted the Russian government and the Russian Orthodox Church to work out a joint action plan in children’s rights area. At a meeting with Russian children’s rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill discussed ...

A Church few steps from Home

Moscow Time 4/8/2011 Moscow has started building Orthodox churches of a new, easy-to-build, model. In total, 200 such churches are planed in Moscow. The first one will appear near the ill-famous Dubrovka Theater Center, which suffered a terrorist attack in October 2002. 130 people were killed then. Besides the church, which will have 9 cupolas, it is ...

Slavic festival kicks off in Bryansk

25/6/2011 Moscow Time The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has opened the 43d traditional international festival of Slavic culture, uniting Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, in the city of Bryansk. He urged the Orthodox countries to stick to the common faith which provides for unity despite political controversies. On June 25, the Slavs, who account for ...

Church remembers 20th-century Martyrs

13/2/2011 Moscow Time Services are being held in the Moscow Assumption Cathedral and in all Orthodox churches across Russia and abroad to remember compatriots - clerics and laymen - who suffered for their faith in the tragic 20th century. More than a thousand Russians, who were killed or died in prisons during repressions, have been awarded martyrdom over ...