Orthodox Believers Invest in Russia-Themed Hollywood Movies

Orthodox Believers Invest in Russia-Themed Hollywood Movies

The Moscow Times - 27/8/14 Russian Orthodox philanthropists are set to finance a wide range of Russian-themed Hollywood films, Izvestia reported Wednesday. Among the first of these films may be a Hollywood adaptation about Tamerlane the Great, a Turko-Mongol conqueror. Andrei Poklonsky, chairman of the “Russian Club of Orthodox Philanthropists,” said in comments to Izvestia that work on the ...

Patriarch Kirill Gives Pope Mother of God Icon

The Moscow Times -22/3/13 A bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church has met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, where he presented him with the Mother of God icon and expressed hope that ties between the two churches would continue to improve, the church's official website said. During the meeting on Wednesday, Hilarion Alfeyev, the Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and chairman of the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, extended warm greetings ...

Russian-based charity to protect Kosovo holy sites

12/10/2012 Moscow Times The Russian–based international charity will be protecting Orthodox holy sites in Kosovo, member of Saint Sava Foundation and MP Alexander Torshin stated in Belgrade. According to him, the foundation has already begun its work in the city of Prizren where its activists awarded seminary students studying Russian and visited an Orthodox Church which was looted ...

Persecuting Christianity… in Europe

Milena Faustova Moscow Times 11/7/2012 The Russian Orthodox Church is going to challenge in court a ban on wearing crucifixes, which was recently introduced in the UK. Russian priests, together with Russian lawyers, intend to help two UK women who were recently fired from work for wearing crucifixes and refusing to take them off. The case of stewardess of ...

‘God Condemns Pussy Riot,’ Church Official Says

26/6/2012 Moscow Times Russian Orthodox church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin said God told him in a divine revelation that he condemns members of female punk band Pussy Riot for their scandalous performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral. "I am convinced that God condemns what they've done. I'm convinced that this sin will be punished in this life and the ...

Abbot Ephraim to be released on bail

30/3/2012 Moscow Times The abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece will be released on a 300.000-euro bail after a 3-month imprisonment, local media quoted an Athens court spokesperson as saying on Thursday. Abbot Ephraim is accused of arranging land swaps between the Vatopedi Monastery and the state which are thought to have cost the ...

Military Churches Ready to Drop From the Sky

The Moscow Times 29/3/2012 Russian paratroopers might soon become the most spiritually well-armed part of the Russian military with the rollout of "inflatable church-tents" that can be deposited in a drop zone — but only if the Russian Orthodox Church backs the idea. "If the churches are officially introduced, they might be put on the ground from aircraft" ...

Pussy Riot Member Invites Church Spokesman to Visit Her in Jail

The Moscow Times 22/3/2012 An alleged member of all-female punk group Pussy Riot has invited Orthodox Church spokesman Vsyevolod Chaplin to visit her in jail to hear her opinion on the band's unauthorized performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral last month. Nikolai Polozov, a lawyer for the three women jailed for their alleged participation in the performance, met ...

Orthodox Church Official Entreats Activists to Forgive Political Opponents

The Moscow Times 25/2/2012 Orthodox Church spokesman Vsyevolod Chaplin said Friday that while the upcoming Orthodox holiday of Forgiveness Sunday is not the best day for protests, it is "not a sin" to attend them, and that demonstrators should forgive those who do not share their views. At least two opposition events are planned in Moscow on Sunday: ...

Will Christmas and New Year coincide?

Andrey Kurayev. Photo: RIA Novosti

Milena Faustova Moscow Times 12/1/2012 Archdeacon Andrey Kurayev of the Russian Orthodox Church suggests celebrating Christmas and the New Year on one day, the 1st of January. The superposing of the dates and celebrations would be the answer to many questions asked by Christians belonging to different churches and would mark the beginning of both the religious and ...

Christ’s light enlightens all

Milena Faustova 16/12/2011 Moscow Times A torch lit from lamps in a church built at the place where Jesus Christ was born in the Israeli city of Bethlehem will soon come to Russia. On December 16, Polish young scouts handed the torch over to Russian scouts at the border between Poland and Belarus. The fire from the holy place will ...

In Abkhazia, 2 Orthodox Churches Also Seek Recognition

The Orthodox cathedral in Sukhumi where “Batyushka” Vissarion works.

By Nikolaus von Twickel 4/9/2011 Moscow Times NOVY AFON — Nestled in the foothills of the Caucasus and overlooking the Black Sea, the Novy Afon monastery's golden-topped cupolas shimmer from afar from between evergreen cypresses, attracting droves of mainly Russian visitors on a hot summer day. For the Georgian breakaway republic of Abkhazia, Novy Afon, or New Athos, is ...

Mordovia’s transfiguration: from Stalinist camps to Monasteries

21/7/2011 Moscow Times The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has visited Mordovia, an autonomous republic in central Russia. Kirill, whose secular name is Vladimir Gundyaev, has been to Mordovia several times, but this is his first coming here as Patriarch. In Stalin’s time, there were two camps for political prisoners in Mordovia – the two ...

Sobyanin Bans Construction of Orthodox Church

The Moscow Times 20/6/2011 Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has banned construction of a Russian Orthodox church in a northwest Moscow suburb where residents said they would rather keep a children’s playground. Church officials had obtained permission to build the church in Moskvoretsky Park in the Strogino district in 2003 but faced opposition from local residents, Moskovskiye Novosti reported ...

Patriarch Gets State Privileges, Protection

4/2/2011 By Alexander Bratersky The church is separate from the state in Russia, the Constitution says. But the Federal Guard Service apparently has its own understanding of what that implies, as it treats Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill as a de-facto state official, rights activists said. The agency, which is responsible for the security of senior officials, provided its ...

Church Diplomatic on Mosque Ban

The Moscow Times 20/09/2010 The Moscow Patriarchate on Monday stopped short of supporting an appeal by Muscovites seeking to stop construction of a mosque in their district, but the church criticized local authorities for not allowing an Orthodox Christian church on the same site. Residents of the Tekstilshchiki district in southeastern Moscow staged a protest Sept. 11 against ...