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Number of atheists in Russia halves in 3 years – poll

July 26, 2017 Featured
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RT.com – 26/7/17 The number of Russians who describe themselves as atheists has fallen from 26 to 13 percent in just three years, according to recent research. The share of those who back the Church’s involvement in state politics has increased slightly. The poll, conducted by the Russian independent research center Levada in late June, […]

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Swedish PM tells priests to carry out same-sex marriages ‘or do something else’

June 26, 2017 Featured
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RT.com – 26/6/17 Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has suggested that all Church of Sweden priests be compelled to perform gay marriages, despite the Lutheran church’s position that clergy members should have the right to refuse. Same-sex weddings have been legal in Sweden since 2009, although priests can decline to carry out these ceremonies under […]

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PATRIARCH KIRILL TO CONSECRATE MONUMENT TO MP-ROCOR REUNIFICATION AT CHRIST THE SAVIOR CATHEDRAL

June 18, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 18/6/17 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will celebrate the consecration of the monument “Reunification” at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday, reports Interfax-Religion. The sculpture is dedicated to the historical event of the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church […]

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Global Orthodox Church Musicians Gather in Finland

June 13, 2017 Featured
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ISOCM – 12/6/17 Joensuu, Finland – Over 60 musicians, singers, researchers, composers, directors, chanters and musicologists from 17 countries joined members of The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) for the 7th Conference on Orthodox Music, 6-11 June, 2017 here. Thirty-three presentations were offered, exploring the conference theme of “Liturgy and Music” through a […]

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Church of Scientology accused of $4.8mn illegal profit in Russia’s St. Petersburg

June 8, 2017 News
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RT.com – 8/6/17 Two members of the Saint Petersburg branch of the Church of Scientology have been put in pretrial detention by the local court as the group faces accusations of illegal business activities and distribution of extremist materials in Russia. The Church of Scientology of Saint Petersburg was charged with earning an estimated 276 […]

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THE FEAST OF SAINTS CONSTANTINE AND HELEN AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE (2017)

June 6, 2017 Featured
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The Patriarchate of Jerusalem – June 2017 Glorious God-crowned and equal to the Apostles, the King and Queen Saints Constantine and Helen, at their Holy Church inside the Patriarchate, adjacent to the Most Holy Church of the Resurrection on the west side. Vespers This feast was celebrated with Great Vespers in the evening, led by […]

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Supreme Spiritual Council Meeting Concludes in Moscow

May 22, 2017 Featured
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Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin – May 2017 On May 17 and 18, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the Supreme Spiritual Council continued its work at the headquarters of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhijevan in Moscow, Russia. Chairing the meeting sessions was […]

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NUMBER OF ORTHODOX INCREASE, CATHOLICS DECREASE IN CENTRAL, EASTERN EUROPE

May 11, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 11/5/17 The majority of residents of Central and Eastern Europe are Orthodox Christians, their numbers increasing while those of Catholics have been decreasing, according to new findings of the Pew Research Center. Overall, about 57% consider themselves Orthodox, including residents of ten countries with an Orthodox majority, including Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Belarus, Bulgaria, […]

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“WE NEED ALL THE SAINTS TO FREE CYPRUS, OUR MONASTERIES, AND OUR CHURCHES FROM THE BOOT OF THE TURKISH CONQUEROR “—RUSSIAN CHURCH OF ST. ANDREW CONSECRATED ON CYPRUS

May 8, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 8/5/17 Photos: Romfea The recently-completely Russian-style Church St. Andrew and All Russian Saints on the island of Cyprus was ceremoniously consecrated on Monday, reports Romfea. The church had previously been opened, with the laying of the antimens on the altar and its first Divine Liturgy being celebrated by Metropolitan Isaias of Tamasos, Metropolitan […]

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SIXTH-CENTURY BASILICA DISCOVERED ON TERRITORY OF CRIMEAN CHILDREN’S CAMP

April 27, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 27/4/17 A unique historical monument has been discovered during excavations on the territory of the Crimean children’s camp “Artek.” The newly-unearthed foundation of a Byzantine basilica has been dated to the sixth century, and has been deemed one of the most valuable Christian artifacts discovered in Crimea in recent memory, according to Artek […]

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MORE THAN 75,000 CHILDREN RECEIVED FREE FOOD DURING GREAT LENT IN RUSSIA

April 22, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 22/4/17 From February 1 to April 15 the Rus’ Foundation distributed free food products from the Lyubyatovo company to more than 75,000 needy children in ten regions of Russia, reports Foma. More than 2 million breakfast cereals, cookies, and crackers were distributed in Moscow and the surrounding areas, St. Petersburg and the surrounding […]

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Explore Russian Old Believers’ Village 150 Years After Alaska Purchase by US

April 5, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 5/4/17 Sputnik takes you on a tour through a village of Russian Old Believers on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, where, 150 years after the US purchase, people still speak Russian, dress in national clothing and go to Orthodox church. ANCHORAGE (Sputnik), Tatyana Lukyanova — Perhaps the only way to preserve one’s culture […]

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OCP Secretariat Condemns Terrorist Attack in St.Petersburg : Stand in Solidarity with the Russian People

April 4, 2017 Featured
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OCP News Service – 4/4/17 The Secretariat of the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (Pan-Orthodox Christian Movement) issued the below statement in solidarity with the victims of the recent terrorist at the Saint Petersburg subway, Russia. “The Secretariat members of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE strongly condemns the recent terrorist attack in Saint Petersburg, that claimed the lives of many […]

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ST. PETERSBURG METRO ROCKED BY TWO EXPLOSIONS IN POSSIBLE TERRORIST ATTACK

April 3, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 3/4/17 The St. Petersburg metro station was attacked by exploding shrapnel-filled devices this afternoon, leaving at least ten dead, The Telegraph reports. Pictures posted on social media show the door of at least one subway car blown out. Other images shows passengers lying on the platform of a St. Petersburg station. Media reports […]

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Scientologists Profited From $53 Million in ‘Donations’ Made in Russia in Years

April 1, 2017 News
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Sputniknews – April 2017 The Church of Scientology could have extracted about 3 billion rubles (over $53 million) in donations made to its Moscow and St. Petersburg branches, Russian media report. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Wednesday, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) conducted a search at a branch office of the Church of Scientology in […]

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March for Life 2017: Help the Mother and the Child! They Depend on You!

March 28, 2017 Featured
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Aurelian Iftimiu – Basilica News Agency – 28/3/17 The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, during its working session of 9 February 2017, blessed the initiative of the Students for life Association to organise the seventh national edition of the March for Life. The event will take place on the Feast of the Annunciation, 25 […]

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ACTIVITIES OF RUSSIAN JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES SUSPENDED DUE TO EXTREMISM

March 25, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 25/3/17 The activities of the head organization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been suspended in Russia, reports RIA-Novosti with reference to the Ministry of Justice website. The religious organization “The Administrative Center of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia,” is now included in the list of public and religious associations whose activities have been […]

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MET. HILARION (ALFEYEV) SUGGESTS REMOVING REVOLUTIONARIES’ NAMES FROM PUBLIC PLACES

March 16, 2017 News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 16/3/17 The head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk has lent his support to removing the names of odious Soviet leaders from streets, squares, cities, and so on, although, in his opinion, authorities should not be in a rush in the matter, reports Interfax-Religion. “Renamings should be […]

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FOUNDATION OF ROYAL MARTYRS CHURCH LAID AT SITE OF TSAR’S ABDICATION

March 16, 2017 Featured
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Pravoslavie.ru – 16/3/17 On March 14, Metropolitan Eusebius of Pskov and Porkhov celebrated the rite of the founding of a temple in honor of the Holy Royal Martyrs at the station in the city of Dno, where on March 15, 1917, Tsar Nicholas II signed his abdication in favor of his brother Michael, reports the […]

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How Serbia Welcomed in Russians Fleeing Political Upheavals of 1917

February 15, 2017 Featured
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Sputniknews – 15/2/17 2017 marks the centenary of the February Revolution and the subsequent October Socialist Revolution of 1917, which plunged the country into a civil war and prompted hundreds of thousands from Tsarist society’s upper ranks to flee for their lives. Almost 50,000 of these ‘white émigrés’ arrived in Serbia, including members of Leo […]

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TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS REMAIN IN ALEPPO WITH RUSSIA’S HELP—PATRIARCH JOHN X

February 11, 2017 Featured News
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Pravoslavie.ru – 11/2/17 “I visited Aleppo. Of the approximately four million people in the city, about thirty-five thousand Christians remain, including Orthodox,” said Patriarch John X of Antioch at a recent meeting with Russian parliamentarians. “The help given by Russia allows people to remain in the country,” said the primate, as Interfax-Religion reports. The continued […]

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