PHOTO Cold Hands, Warm Hearts: Russians Brave the Cold to Celebrate Orthodox Epiphany

January 21, 2017 Featured News

Sputniknews – 21/1/17 Along with Easter, Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian holidays, celebrated by Orthodox Christians in Russia during the night of January 18. The traditional rite of mass bathing is performed on the Epiphany to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River. According to Russia’s Ministry […]

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Syrian Pastor: US Congressmen Blast Obama’s Foreign Policy While Visiting Aleppo

January 20, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – 20/1/17 A group of US lawmakers visiting the Syrian city of Aleppo has slammed the outgoing president administration’s policies of interference in the affairs of sovereign states, the head of a local Evangelical church, Pastor Ibrahim Nasser, said Wednesday. DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – A delegation of former and incumbent US lawmakers visited the Syrian […]

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Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East

January 13, 2017 Featured News

ANIA – 13/1/17 (AINA) — Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, has published a book titled After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East. The book explores the state and future of the Christians of the Middle East. Dr. Kendal authors the weekly Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, serves […]

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Syrian Christians Invite Russian Patriarch to Visit Country

January 10, 2017 Featured News

Sputnknews – 10/1/17 Syrian Christians and scientists invited Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to visit the Middle Eastern country, Chief Mufti of Moscow and Central Russia Albir Krganov said Monday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Krganov visited Syria as part of a Muslim delegation in late December and early January at the invitation of the […]

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Christmas in Eastern Orthodox Church: Facts & Details

January 7, 2017 Featured News

Sputniknews – 7/1/17 While most commonly Christmas is celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, on December 25, the Eastern Orthodox Church observes the holiday using the old Julian calendar, on January 7. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The majority of those celebrating Eastern Orthodox Christmas on January 7 live in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Macedonia, […]

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Church of the Savior on Blood Rated Top Tourist Attraction in Russia

December 28, 2016 Featured News

Sputniknews – 28/12/16 A 19th century St. Petersburg church was recently declared as Russia’s top tourist attraction. The Church of the Savior in Spilled Blood, located in the city of St. Petersburg, was rated as the top tourist attraction in Russia, according to a map drafted by the mobile discount voucher website Vouchercloud based on […]

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Hundreds Gather for Christmas Celebrations in Liberated Aleppo

December 23, 2016 Featured News
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Sputniknews – 22/12/16 Hundreds have flocked to a square in western Aleppo to celebrate Christmas for the first time in years as one of the largest Syrian cities is gradually returning to peaceful life after Damascus-led forces assisted by Russia, Iran and their allies have pushed out radical groups and put an end to years-long […]

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Catholicos of All Armenians Received Hermitage Museum Director

December 18, 2016 News

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – 18/12/16 On December 13, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Mr. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. His Holiness welcomed Mr. Piotrovsky’s visit to the Spiritual Center of All Armenians, the […]

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Patriarch Kirill Says French People Value Shared History With Russia

December 6, 2016 Featured News

Sputniknews – 12/6/1 The Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill, said on Monday that many people he met during the visit to France treated and spoke of Russia in a kind way and understood the importance of the Franco-Russian relations. EPINAY-SOUS-SENART (Sputnik) — On Saturday, the patriarch began his visit to the Russian Orthodox Diocese […]

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‘In the Footsteps of St. Andrew in Crimea’ – Orthodox Christian Pilgrimage Program

December 2, 2016 Featured News

Natalia Ostozhieva – Pilgrimage Dept. of the Simferopol & Crimea Diocese (Russian Orthodox Church) – OCP News Service- 12/2/16 Dear beloved Faithful, We are ready with the schedule of one-day pilgrimages to the Crimea for 2017. You can see them on the website:   (the information is in Russian) We have almost completed multi-day summer programs […]

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Syrian Army Prevents Major Terrorist Attack in Christian District of Aleppo

November 30, 2016 Featured News

Sputinknews – 30/11/16 The Syrian army forces on Tuesday managed to prevent a major terrorist attack in the residential areas of Aleppo, plotted by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants, media reported. DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — According to Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen news channel, the military forces discovered a mine-studded underground tunnel, leading to one of the churches located in […]

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‘Eastern Orthodox & Oriental Orthodox Dialogue’ New Book from the Volos Academy

November 18, 2016 Featured News

OCP News Service – 18/11/16 Order From Amazon ($27.00) Order from For ordering the book, also contact Helene Moursa Email: Volos Academy Publications +30 2421 093553 Visit Volos Academy Fb Page here: Volos Academy Publication Fb Page here: Global: The Volos Theological Academy in Greece has launched a new book titled ‘The Dialogue between […]

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November 16, 2016 Featured News
251470-b – 16/11/16 Church bells are ringing again in the town of Bashiqa in Northern Iraq for the first time since it was seized by militants of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia) two years ago, reports PUKmedia. The Liturgy was celebrated in church for the first time in a long time. A large cross was […]

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Bishop Nicholas summons Pastoral Conference Participants to approach Protectress of the Russian Diaspora with Love and Trepidation

October 23, 2016 Featured News

Official Website of thee Eastern American Diocese ROCOR- – 23/10/16 Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, almost immediately after his return from a pilgrimage trip to Russia with the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, traveled to the diocesan clergy conference at St. Mary of Egypt Church in Atlanta, GA. […]

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October 17, 2016 Featured News

Orthodox Ethos – 17/10/16 Would it surprise you to know that in Orthodox countries around the world, people are growing their own food, and doing so like crazy. They are producing massive amounts of food in small areas, which benefit themselves, their neighbors, and their economies on a broad scale. Russians growing their own food. Did […]

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October 10, 2016 Featured News

RISU – 10/10/16 The Committee on Culture and Spirituality recommended the Parliament to adopt in the first reading Bill 4511 on the special status of religious organizations having their governing centers in Russia as the aggressor State. The draft law was presented at the Committee meeting on October 5 by its collaborators: MPs of Ukraine […]

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Divine Liturgy Before the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign” is Celebrated at St Theodore Cathedral in Saransk

October 9, 2016 Featured News

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – October 2016 On October 5, 2016, the first Divine Liturgy before the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign” was celebrated at St Theodore Cathedral in the city of Saransk, Russia. Officiating was His […]

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October 3, 2016 Featured News
248211-b – 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 […]

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October 1, 2016 Featured News – September 2016 Vandals have desecrated the monument to the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir in Kiev. The sculpture and relief images were damaged by red paint and the area near the pedestal is saturated with it, reports the portal with reference to 112 Ukraina TV channel. Notice of the offense was recorded in […]

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Radical Nationalist Groups, Georgian Orthodox Priests Protest Papal Visit

September 24, 2016 Featured News

By Nicholas Waller – Georgia Today – September 2016 TBILISI – A group of Georgian Orthodox ultranationalists and priests held a rally Wednesday afternoon outside the Vatican Embassy in Tbilisi to protest the upcoming visit of Pope Francis. The group claimed the papal visit is an affront to the purity of the Georgian Orthodox and […]

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September 18, 2016 Featured News

I.A.O. – September 2016 Thessaloniki, 10-18 September 2016. Participation of I.A.O. in the 81st Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) In the context of the year of Greece in Russia and the year of Russia in Greece, the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) took part for the first time in TIF with a Kiosk, where it presented […]

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