How Constantinople ‘Changed’ the Orthodox Christian World

Miodrag Lazarevic - OpEd - 31/10/18 It is going to be a month since the Ecumenical Patriarchate reinstated the primates of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC KP) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), thereby heading towards ‘the granting’ of the Tomos of Autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This decision has already resulted in large-scale ...

Constantinople coming to Ukraine: Is the game worth the candle?

Jelena Rakocevic – OCP News Service – Independent Article - 25/4/18 Communique of Ecumenical Patriarchate on Orthodox Unity & Autocephaly of Church in Ukraine Recently, the opening of the Constantinople Patriarchate's metochions in Ukrainian cities Kyiv and Lviv has become quite a hot topic. Not long ago, Director of the Department for Religious Affairs and Nationalities of the ...

The Backstage Game behind Filaret Denysenko’s Letter

Kiev Pechersk Lavra Church

Tamar Lomidze - OCP News Service- Independent Article - 7/2/18 On November 30, 2017, the whole Orthodox World was shocked by media reports about a letter from the unrecognized Kyivan Patriarchate (UOC-KP) Patriarch Filaret (Denisenko) to the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) Bishops' Council. This former Metropolitan of Kyiv left ROC after he lost the election as ...

RUSSIAN CHURCH RAISES 38 MILLION RUBLES TO COMBAT ABORTION

Pravoslavie.ru - October 2016 The Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for Charity has finished receiving applications for the “creation of new Church humanitarian aid centers to help women on the verge of abortion” contest. Funds for the establishment of new centers of humanitarian aid were raised with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill in all churches of Russia ...

ROC WILL NOT REACT TO THE CRETE COUNCIL DECISIONS PUBLISHED ONLINE

Pravoslavie.ru - 24/7/16 The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) will not react to the Crete Council documents that have been published online, and will wait until the official documents are received for examination, said Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to RIA-Novosti. On July 15 the ROC Holy ...

ROC SEEKS CLAIM TO SITE OF ROYAL REMAINS GRAVE NEAR EKATERINBURG

Royal Russia - Paul Gilbert- March 2016 The Russian Orthodox Church, which has not officially recognized the "Ekaterinburg remains," is already in discussions with the local government in staking a claim over the place where their remains were discovered in the 1970s at the Pigs Meadow (Porosyonkov Log). Situated on the north-western outskirts of Ekaterinburg, the site was ...

HOLY SYNOD OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH COMPLETES ITS REGULAR SESSION

July 2015 July 13, 2015 – the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met for its regular session at the historic building of the Sacred Governing Synod in St Petersburg. The session was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The Holy Synod considered the results of the Patriarchal visits to the ...

ROC Post-Graduate Institute holds round table on Christian Values as Factor of International Relations Today

January 23, 2015 – The Ss Cyril and Methodius Institute of Post-Graduate Studies held a round table on Christian Values as Factor of International Relations Today as part of the 23d International Educational Christmas Readings. The conference was organized by the Institute’s Chair of External Church Relations. Among the participants were Archpriest Antony Ilyin, adviser to ...

The ROC Holy Synod meets for its last session in 2014

On December 25, 2014, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church began its last session in 2014 at the Patriarchal and Synodal Residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow. It is chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Before the session, Patriarch Kirill spoke briefly on major items of the agenda. ...

ROC Holy Synod meets for regular session in southern Russia

On October 23, 2014, the Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod began its regular session at the patriarchal and synodal religious, administrative and cultural center in the south of Russia. It is chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Before the beginning of the session, Patriarch Kirill congratulated His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of ...

ROC HOLY SYNOD MEMBERS PRAY FOR THE LATE METROPOLITAN VLADIMIR OF KIEV AND ALL UKRAINE

July 2014 On July 25, 2014, before the beginning of the Holy Synod session, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Holy Synod members honoured in prayer the memory of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine. The Primate and hierarchy of the Church prayed at the Chapel of All ...

ROC HOLY SYNOD SESSION AT ST. DANIEL MONASTERY IN MOSCOW

July 2014 On July 25, 2014, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has begun its regular session at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery in Moscow. Before the session, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and members of the Holy Synod proceeded to the patriarchal Chapel of All Saints Who Shone Forth in ...

Cooperation agreement signed between ROC Institute of Post-Graduate Studies and Uppsala University Faculty of Theology

May 2014 On May 14, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, who is on a visit to Sweden with a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and Prof. Mikael Stenmark, dean of the Uppsala University Faculty of Theology signed a cooperation agreement ...

The Holy Synod concludes its last session in 2013

T he Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church held on December 25-26 its last session in 2013. The Synod granted the petition for retirement from Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch for All Belarus, due to his reaching the age of 75. The Synod expressed cordial gratitude to him for his 35 year-long archpastoral ...

Is Abkhazia returning to Byzantium?

  Georgy Kalatozishvili, Tbilisi. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza  21/6/13 The Minister of Justice of Abkhazia registered the Christian religious organization Sacred Metropolis of Abkhazia (SMA) with its office in New Athos. Thus, the Abkhazian state legally equaled SMA and the Sukhumi-Pitsunda Eparchy (SPE). It seemed the decision was purely juridical and didn’t touch on the interests of various geopolitical ...

No religious split-lines, ROC says to Abkhaz

1/4/13 Tbilisi, DFWatch – Abkhaz de facto leader was evidently informed that Russian Orthodox Church, unlike the Kremlin which recognized Abkhazia as an independent country, wouldn’t tolerate drawing ecclesiastical borders along political split-lines, at least formally. During a meeting in Sochi, Russian resort city just few kilometers from breakaway Abkhazia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the ...

Fifth Anniversary of the Reunification between ROCOR and ROC Celebrated

16/10/2012 Inter-Orthodox Unity Unification of Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia & Russian Orthodox Church More Snaps here: Read the Act of Canonical Communion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia with the Russian orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate: Five years of inter-orthodox unity celebrated by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia & Russian Orthodox Church by the Eastern American Diocese ...

Russian Orthodox Church Canonizes New Martyr

St. New Martyr Alexander Schmorell

7/2/2012 The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia has canonized Russian national Alexander Schmorell, a native of Orenburg, who was executed by the Nazi regime in 1943 for organizing an anti-fascist student group called the White Rose, the Church Bulletin publication reported. The ceremony to glorify St. Alexander of Munich, who was 25 yeas old when he ...

ROC MP Vicar Bishop of Vladivostok Diocese admits failure of mission to N. Korean migrant workers

English translation by Nina Tkachuk Dimas 12-9-2011 In an interview with "Our Kamchatka", the local diocesan publication, Bishop Innocent (Yerokhin) of Usuri, vicar of ROC MP's Vladivostok diocese talked about the specifics and results of the mission to North Koreans -- reports the correspondent of "Portal-Credo.Ru" . According to Bishop Innokenty, "North Koreans coming to work ...

Archimandrite Feofan (Kim) will be the first Korean bishop of the ROC

Archimandrite Feofan (Kim)

On October 6, 2011 the Synod elected him to the See of Tyva Hegumen Feofan (in the world - Kim, Alexey Illarionovich) was born January 19, 1976 in Yuzhno[South]-Sakhalinsk. In 1993 he graduated from Vostochny[Eastern] Lyceum in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. In 1997 he graduated from the South Sakhalin branch of the Moscow Commercial University. In 2000 he graduated ...

Moscow patriarch urged UOC(KP) to join ROC as Autonomous Church

27/4/2011 Patriarch Kiril, now on a visit in Ukraine, proposed to the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) to join the Russian Orthodox Church, Religia v Ukrayini reported Apr. 27. Kiril said ROC will accept UOC(KP) as an autonomous church, preserving its structure and sources of revenue. The only condition is to attend sessions of the Ukrainian ...