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The Russian Synod passes resolution on the situation in Crimea

March 23, 2014 Featured News

On March 19, 2014, a meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in Moscow, chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. In the minutes no. 4 of the Holy Synod, dedicated to the situation in Crimea, the following resolution was passed: 1. To place emphasis on […]

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Crimea became a part of Russia on the day of peninsula’s heavenly protector

March 20, 2014 Featured News

Moscow, March 19, Interfax – Russian President Vladimir Putin, the State Council Chairman, Crimean Parliament Chairman Vladimir Konstantinov, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksionov and the city of Sevastopol executive Alexey Chaly have signed an agreement on the inclusion of Crimea, including Sevastopol, into Russia on the day when the Orthodox Church commemorates the finding of […]

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An Orthodox Monk from a Samurai family

March 19, 2014 Featured News
Hierodeacon Nikolai (Ono). Photo: mospat.ru

19/3/14 A monk from a samurai family – A Conversation with Hierodeacon Nikolai (Ono) Hierodeacon Nikolai (Ono) comes from an old family of priests of the Japanese Orthodox Church. His great-great grandfather’s name—Priest John Ono—is often mentioned in the diaries of St1. Nicholas of Japan. We talk with Fr. Nikolai about his family and Orthodox […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York Celebrates Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy

March 14, 2014 News

Russian Church Outside Russia – March 2014 On Sunday, March 9, 2014, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign” on the  Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. He was […]

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Patriarch John X of Antioch thanks Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church for solidarity with Syrian people

March 2, 2014 Featured News

February-March 2014 His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East thanked His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia for warm hospitality and solidarity with the Syrian people undergoing a hard time. The text of the message is given below. Your Holiness, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, beloved brother and […]

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Renovation of Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem will cost 20 million

February 26, 2014 Featured News

26/2/14 Italian specialists are working on renovating the roof and stained-glass panels of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is located over the cave where, according to the legend, Christ was born. The work may take from four to five years. The total cost of the renovation is estimated at $20 million. The […]

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TRANS-EURASIAN CROSS PROCESSION WITH ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD FINISHES

February 17, 2014 Featured News

February 2014 In June 2013, the journalist and traveler Alexander Voloshchuk, in honor of the 1025th anniversary of Baptism of Russia, began his cross procession with the Mozdok icon of the Mother of God from Tyrnyauz to Tibet and back. Voloshchuk began the procession with blessing of Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk. Alexander’ spiritual life began here. In […]

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“Spiritual Spring” at San Francisco’s St Vladimir’s House

February 17, 2014 Featured News

17/2/14 On Sunday, February 9, 2014, a presentation about  Spiritual Spring , a journal of the Western American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, was held in St Vladimir’s House in San Francisco, CA. The idea of a diocesan journal, which would cover the life of the parishes of the Western American […]

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The truth about Russia’s “anti-Gay” laws

February 15, 2014 Featured News

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL BLOG - 14/2/14 The following is the executive summary of an extensive analysis of the “anti-Gay” laws so much in the news in the run up to the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia which start today. I am not the author but I am publishing with full permission. The author of the […]

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Shooting in Sakhalin church nothing short of shocking

February 12, 2014 Featured News
Murdered nun Ludmila

February 2014 Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the administrative centre of Russia’s Sakhalin region, made world news for the wrong reasons on Sunday. Stepan Komarov, a 24-year old security guard working for a bank, entered the main Orthodox Cathedral with a gun and opened fire, killing 2 and injuring 6, an incident that has left the city of 200,000 […]

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Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York Makes an Appeal for Prayers for Peace in Ukraine

February 12, 2014 Featured News

Russian Church Outside Russia – February 2014 In light of the violence and civil unrest in Kiev and throughout Ukraine, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, issued the following call for peace and calm: “As faithful children of the Russian Orthodox Church, we cannot remain indifferent to […]

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Renowned political scientist believes Russian Church is savior of Russia and in future even Europe

February 9, 2014 Featured News

Moscow, February 3, Interfax – Renowned Russian political scientist Vitaly Tretyakov believes Russia is not able to survive without the Church. “The Russian Orthodox Church is one of the main state-forming institutes of Russia as a country, Russians as a nation and Russia as a state. Besides, the Russian Orthodox Church is wider (and sometimes, […]

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Patriarch Kirill blessed Orthodox sportsmen and sportswomen participating in the Olympic Games

February 8, 2014 Featured News

On 5th February His Holiness Patriarch Kirill officiated a Te-Deum service in the church of the Icon of Christ not-made-by-human-hands. Moldovan sportsmen and sportswomen participated in the Divine Service, along with their Orthodox brothers and sisters from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Talking to the audience, the Hierarch mentioned: “My dears, I wanted very much to […]

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The 120th anniversary of the birth of Metropolitan Victor (Svyatin)

February 7, 2014 Featured News

The Chinese Orthodox Church English translation by Katherine Ilachinski – 7/2/14 In the July issue of the newspaper “Kuban Orthodox voice” was posted material by Elizabeth Sergeevny Dyachenko, dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the birth of Metropolitan Victor (Svyatin), Chief of the 20th Orthodox Mission in China. In late May, the head of the Russian […]

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Russia’s Orthodox Culture Warrior Comes To The Aid Of Kosovo’s Serbs

February 4, 2014 Featured News

Jasmina Scekic – Radio Free Europe 4/2/14 NORTH MITROVICA, Kosovo — It’s a real Catch-22 trying to open a nongovernmental organization in a country you don’t recognize. After all, it’s hard to apply for registration from officials you regularly denounce as “occupiers.” This is the dilemma faced by Vitaly Milonov, a municipal legislator from the […]

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Enthronement of Archbishop Joachim of Prague

February 3, 2014 Featured News

On February 1, 2014, the enthronement of the newly-elected Archbishop Joachim of Prague and the Czech Lands took place at Ss Cyril and Methodius’s in Prague in the presence of numerous clergy and laity. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of the elected Metropolitan […]

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Prominent rights activist Alexeyeva objects to proclaiming Orthodoxy’s role in Russian Constitution

February 1, 2014 Featured News

Moscow, January 30, Interfax – Prominent Russian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva is strongly against a Russian Orthodox cleric’s idea that the constitution should proclaim a special role Orthodoxy has played in Russia’s history. “I hope this idea will remain only a wish,” Alexeyeva, the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, told Interfax on Thursday. […]

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Extremists have no place in Syrian political processes – Russian and Antioch church leaders

February 1, 2014 Featured News

Moscow, January 30, Interfax – The leaders of the Russian and Antioch Orthodox Churches have called for peace in Syria and its independence. “The two Churches believe that it is only through an open and honest dialogue that it is possible to guarantee a real peace in Syria, her independence and territorial integrity and to […]

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Patriarch calls to prevent ‘any attempt’ to legalize same-sex marriage

January 31, 2014 Featured News

31/1/14 The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has asked for a state-level ban on legal moves to allow same-sex marriage, noting that this position was based on the very nature of Christianity. Speaking before upper house members, Patriarch Kirill said that the move would protect the family as a public institution. “In a response to the broad international […]

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Common Statement by John X, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

January 31, 2014 Featured News

31/1/14 At the invitation of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East John X paid his official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church from January 25 to 30, 2014. The Patriarchate of Antioch is going now through difficult times because of the violence committed in its homeland and […]

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Extremism is fuelled by lack of religious awareness – Patriarch Kirill

January 29, 2014 News

Moscow, January 28, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said the best way to prevent extremism and radicalism is to increase the level of religious education. “The religious feelings of people, in particular, Muslims, are now exploited to cause these people to commit radical actions. Many people indeed genuinely take the horrible path […]

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