A new Orthodox church consecrated in Thailand

12/2/15 The Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs – the sixth Russian Orthodox parish church on the territory of Thailand – was solemnly consecrated on Sunday in the resort town of Hua Hin, reports RIA-Novosti. The consecration of the church was headed by Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk who had arrived in Thailand with the blessing of ...

Russia proposes discussion of the issue of defense of Christianity within the framework of Osce

27/11/14 At a meeting with the Russian journalists after the political consultations in Athens, the Russian Federation’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexei Meshkov said that Russia considered it necessary to combine efforts for the purpose of defending Christianity and the Christian shrines worldwide, first of all, in the Middle East and in North Africa, reportsRIA-Novosti. “With our deep religious traditions, ...

Rally in defense of the family values takes place in Tallin

October 2014 - Pravoslavie.ru 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 the first ...

Former Sudanese Detainee to Launch Campaign Against Religious Persecution

RIA Novosti - October 2014 MOSCOW, September 28 (RIA Novosti) - A former Sudanese detainee, Mariam Ibrahim, who was charged with apostasy and managed to escape a death sentence, is planning to launch a campaign for those arrested for religious reasons, BBC reports. “Sadly, this was all under the guise of the law,” she said, adding that most ...

Almost 50,000 Ukrainian Refugees Sheltered in Russian Temporary Accommodation

Almost 50,000 Ukrainian Refugees Sheltered in Russian Temporary Accommodation

RIA Novosti - 11/8/14 The number of refugees from southeastern parts of Ukraine currently living in temporary accommodation facilities in Russia is about to reach 50,000. MOSCOW, August 8 (RIA Novosti) – The number of refugees from southeastern parts of Ukraine currently living in temporary accommodation facilities in Russia is about to reach 50,000, an emergency response center ...

Russia to Host 100 Syrian Orthodox Children for Two-Week Vacation

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MOSCOW, July 28 (RIA Novosti) - One hundred children from Damask's Orthodox shelters in the St Techla monastery Christian village of Maaloula are expected to arrive in Moscow on Monday for a two-week vacation in one of Russia's recreation camps, the project's organizers told RIA Novosti. “I am certain that the Syrian children will remember their ...

Metropolitan Mercurius of Rostov: “The Church is doing its best to help the refugees”

Rostov-on-Don  - July 2014 The Rostov region in Russia has declared a state of emergency regarding aid to refugees from the Ukraine, and the Church is doing its best to support the arriving people, to help free them of there “stupor and fear”, reported Metropolitan Mercurius of Rostov and Novocherkassk on Wednesday to RIA-Novosti at the ...

Cave presumably containing tomb of queen Tamar found

May 2014 Workers of a road brigade in Ingushetia have discovered an ancient cave after a landslide, which may contain either treasures of the capital of Alania or tomb of the Georgian queen Tamar, reported deputy director of E.I. Krupnov’s Archaeological Centre UmalatGadiev to RIA-Novosti. According to preliminary information, during construction of the road to the international ...

Odessa forms Orthodox militia

7/3/14 Orthodox Christians, youth and Cossack organizations of Odessa and nearby residential areas are forming Orthodox militia to help parishes, RIA Novosti reports. The militia groups will protect religious centers, places, priests and church-goers from aggression and extremism, RIA Novosti reports. The Headquarters of the Orthodox Militia has been formed to coorinate volunteers. They will have special labels and maybe even uniforms. The United ...

General who lapsed into a coma in Chechnya in 1995, brought to the Gifts of Magi

January 2014 Relatives of a hero of Russia, colonel general Anatoly Romanov, who in October 1995 had been seriously injured as a result of the terrorist attack on the Minutka square in Grozny and fallen into a coma, brought him on Friday to the Gifts of the Magi in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, reports ...

Orthodox Christian Belief Rises Among Russians – Poll

MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti) – The proportion of Russians who consider themselves Orthodox Christians has risen four-fold in the past 24 years, according to a new survey. Two out of three Russians now regard themselves as Orthodox Christians compared to just one in six in 1989, when the Soviet Union was nearing dissolution. The poll of ...

Orthodox Church slams surrogacy as ‘mutiny against God’, seeks legal ban

RIA Novosti/Pavel Lisitsyn 27/10/13 A representative of the Moscow Patriarchy has blasted surrogacy as “mutiny against God” and “happy fascism,” restarting the controversy after tabloid reports of a celebrity couple who used a surrogate mother to have children. The comment from the head of the Patriarchy Commission for Family  Motherhood and Childhood, Dmitry Smirnov, came after Russian mass  ...

‘Irreplaceable’ Alaskan Orthodox Church to Undergo $400,000 Restoration

WASHINGTON, July 25 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian Orthodox church considered among the most important in Alaska will undergo a $400,000 restoration starting next month, the Peninsula Clarion newspaper reported this week. The Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church, located in the town of Kenai, is 118 years old and is regarded as ...

Belarusian Leader Lukashenko Calls for Orthodox Church Reform

MINSK, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday that the Orthodox Church was due for reforms to make practicing religion more comfortable for believers. “I support gradual reforms of our Church, starting with the [use of Old Slavic] language and prolonged services, as there are many elderly women [among churchgoers] and they ...

Patriarch Lauds ‘Special Relationship’ in China Visit

BEIJING, May 10 (RIA Novosti) – The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, has met with the Chinese President on the first day of his five-day visit to China. The Chinese President Xi Jinping has called the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s visit to the country an indication ...

Fate of Orthodox Bishops Seized in Syria Still Unclear

25/4/13 MOSCOW, April 24 (RIA Novosti) – The fate of two Syrian Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria earlier this week remained unclear on Wednesday, with conflicting reports about whether they had been released. Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Bishop John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church were kidnapped at gunpoint in the village ...

Orthodox cathedral to be built in Estonian city

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, the construction ...

Georgian patriarch praises ‘historic’ visit to Russia

27/1/13 Tbilisi. The Catholicos-Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, praised his five-day visit to Russia as “historic” upon his arrival to Georgia late on Saturday, RIA Novosti reported. “With God’s help, my visit was successful, and I think it was a historic visit and good results will follow,” he told journalists. The 80-year-old Catholicos-Patriarch, Georgia’s most ...

Real Russians Are Orthodox – Poll

23/11/2012 MOSCOW, November 23 (RIA Novosti) – A growing number of Russians consider the Russian Orthodox Church to be a necessary feature of their national identity, a recent public opinion poll showed. Some 38 percent of survey respondents said it was “very important” to be an Orthodox believer if one wants to be considered “an authentic Russian,” ...

JERUSALEM’S HOLY SEPULCHRE CHURCH WATER BILL ROW ‘RESOLVED’

Amman (Jordan) 15/11/2012 The conflict over unpaid water bills of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been resolved, the spokesman for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said. “The Holy Sepulchre Church’s water debts have been written off, not without the participation of the Russian Orthodox Church after Patriarch Kirill met with Israeli President ...

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 ...