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West moves away from Russia as the country returns to Orthodoxy, Lavrov believes

June 8, 2014 Featured News

June 2014 Moscow, June 5, Interfax – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov states that Russia returns to traditional spiritual values and it is one of the reasons why the West distances from it. “Surprisingly, they start operating the thesis that the Soviet Union with its Communist doctrine at least stayed in the system of ideas […]

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Putin: Russia has the right to protect children from promoting homosexuality

June 8, 2014 Featured News

Sochi, June 5, Interfaх – Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again denied a ban on homosexuality in Russia and said it should not be confused with a ban on the promotion of homosexuality amongst minors. “That’s not true, we did not ban homosexuality. We banned the promotion of homosexuality among minors,” he said in […]

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THE CHURCHES IN EUROPE WORKING GROUP OF THE ST. PETERSBURG DIALOGUE OF CIVIL SOCIETIES IN RUSSIA AND GERMAN MEET IN ST. PETERSBURG

June 6, 2014 Featured News

On June 5, 2014, the Churches in Europe working group of the St. Petersburg Dialogue, a forum of civil societies in Russia and Germany, met in St. Petersburg to discuss the theme “Understanding of Religious Freedom in the Democratic Society”. The Russian Orthodox Church delegation included Archimandrite Philaret (Boulekov), a vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s […]

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Moscow Patriarchate to translate services to sign language and set up infrastructure for disabled people in its churches

June 5, 2014 News

Moscow, June 4, Interfax – The Moscow Patriarchate starts realizing a complex program of spiritual care for handicapped people. It is supposed to set up an infrastructure for disabled people: to provide comfortable access to those who move in wheelchairs, make shape relief icons, tactile schemes, walks for blind people on the floor, and translation […]

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia receives Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV

June 1, 2014 Featured News

By Vasili Shoumanov – 6/1/14 Assyrian, Russian Patriarchs Meet in Moscow Moscow (AINA) - On May 27, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, met with the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV, who is on a visit to Russia at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. […]

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Patriarch Kirill and Metropolitan Hilarion accuses Ukrainian Greek-Catholics of Russophobia

May 30, 2014 Featured News
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia & Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk - chairman of the Department of External Church Relations

May 2014 Moscow, May 28, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sharply criticized the Ukrainian Greek-Catholics Church. “The Ukrainian Greek-Catholics Church is engaging in direct political activities, unfortunately, using sharp Russophobic slogans and statements and making sharp statements against the Russian Orthodox Church in its public declarations,” the patriarch said at […]

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Russian Foreign Minister rejects accusations of imperial ambitions of the Russian Church

May 30, 2014 Featured News

Moscow, May 29, Interfax – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia’s position on the creation of “the Russian world” is being taken as imperial ambitions. “The idea of the Russian world promoted by the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church has no relation to imperial schemes. We are talking about keeping spiritual and […]

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HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA SENDS A MESSAGE TO PYOTR POROSHENKO, PRESIDENT ELECT OF UKRAINE

May 30, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 To Pyotr A. Poroshenko President Elect of Ukraine Dear Pyotr Alexeyevich: Having learned of the choice made by the majority of Ukrainian citizens who cast their vote on May 25, I would like to congratulate you, address a pastor’s word to you, and share my thoughts and hopes with you. The news of […]

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METROPOLITAN HILARION MEETS WITH ASSYRIAN PATRIARCH

May 30, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 On May 27, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, met with the Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Dinkha IV, who is on a visit to Russia at the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. During a warm talk, His Eminence Hilarion told the high guest […]

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Russian Orthodox Church, Politicians Criticize Pro-Gay Eurovision Cross-Dressing Winner

May 27, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 The Russian Orthodox Church and several politicians have strongly condemned last week’s Eurovision winner, a bearded Austrian cross-dresser who promotes gay rights, and have suggested that they will create their own pop competition. “The last Eurovision contest’s results exhausted our patience,” Communist Party deputy Valery Rashkin said about the winner of Europe’s top […]

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Metropolitan Amfilohije: “The spirit of neofascism is sowing seeds of discord”

May 27, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has stated that the revived spirit of neofascism is sowing seeds of discord, “trying to cause a quarrel between brothers in the Ukraine and Russia”. The hierarch said these words during the solemn cross procession, dedicated to the feast-day of Holy Hierarch Basil of Ostrog, which […]

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Patriarch Kirill meets with a delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople

May 27, 2014 Featured News

On May 24, 2014, the commemoration day of Ss Cyril and Methodius, which is also his name-day, His Holiness Patriarchal Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received a delegation of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, who have come to Russia for the celebrations. The delegation includes Metropolitan Andreas of Arkalochori, Kastelli and Viannos, Bishop Nicephorus of […]

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Ulyanovsk completes construction of Holy Ascension Cathedral

May 22, 2014 Featured News

Pramvir – May- 2014 The Church is not a reservation, and Orthodoxy is the core belief of our people, despite the fact that, of course, in Russia there are other traditional religions, but the Russian people, on the whole, are an Orthodox nation. The construction of Holy Ascension Cathedral in Ulyanovsk is about to be […]

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Bulgarian Orthodox Church Patriarch Neofit to visit Russia

May 18, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Patriarch Neofit, head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, is to visit Russia from May 23 to 29, the church’s governing body the Holy Synod announced. This is Neofit’s second official “peaceful visit” – in the terminology of the church – abroad since he was elected Patriarch in February 2013.   The visit by […]

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Latvians consider Putin God’s messenger, Lutheran archbishop of Latvia says

May 11, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 Riga, May 6, Interfax – Archbishop of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latvia Janis Vanags praises Russian President Vladimir Putin and criticizes a model of public life imposed by the West. “They (Latvians – IF) hear a voice of reason in Putin’s speeches when he speaks of traditional values and need to believe. Putin […]

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Crisis in Ukraine: Truth is the First Casualty

May 10, 2014 Featured News

JIM FOREST – MAY 2014 Not only in Ukraine and Russia but in every Orthodox jurisdiction, national identity often influences our sense of self and our public identity more than the fact of being baptized Christians among whom “there is neither Greek nor Jew” — a Christ-centered community in which all national labels are secondary. […]

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Mass Grave in Moscow Suburbs is Among Russia’s Holiest Sites

May 9, 2014 Featured News

  May 2014 More than 20,000 people were executed at the site in a little more than a year — an average of about 50 people per day. On May 10, the Russian Orthodox Church will hold its annual special service in the Church of New Martyrs and Confessors in Butovo, a little-known site that […]

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Feast-Day Celebrations at the Argentinian Cathedral

May 7, 2014 Featured News

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia – May 2014 On Thomas Sunday , at the invitation of His Grace Bishop John of Caracas and South America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Grace Bishop Leonid visited Resurrection Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the two hierarchs celebrated Divine Liturgy. The feast day of […]

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Odessa mourns victims of violence

May 6, 2014 Featured News

Voice of Russia - 6/5/14 Odessa is morning the victims of Friday’s violence and subsequent fire, in which at least 46 people died. The Ukrainian national flags and the flags of Odessa are flying at half-mast. Traffic is thin on the roads and there are few people in the streets, but the churches are packed with […]

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St Gregory the Theologian Foundation to transfer three hundred thousand roubles to victims of clashes in Odessa

May 6, 2014 Featured News

Church of Russia – May 2014 With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, the St Gregory the Theologian Charity Foundation will transfer three hundred thousand roubles to the Odessa diocese to help the families of those who died or was injured during the bloody […]

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RELIQUARY WITH A PORTION OF THE GIRDLE OF HOLY THEOTOKOS BROUGHT TO KAZAKHSTAN

May 5, 2014 Featured News

Alma-Ata -May 2014On April 30, 2014, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, a reliquary with a portion of the Holy Cincture (Belt) of the Mother of God was brought to Kazakhstan from the Moscow Church of Holy Prophet Elijah in Obydensky lane, reports Patriarchia.ru. Rector of St. Elijah […]

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