RT: Slain Russian ambassador Karlov laid to rest in Moscow, named hero posthumously

RT.com - 22/12/16 +Memory Eternal+ Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov, who was shot dead in Ankara, has been buried in Moscow with honors. Russian President Vladimir Putin was among those who bid a final farewell to the slain diplomat, who was named a hero of Russia posthumously. The funeral for the assassinated ambassador began at the Russian Foreign Ministry ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II & Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Discuss Situation of Christians in Middle East

  12/11/15- FB Page of Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Moscow: His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II met with HIs Excellency Russian Foreign Minister Mr. Sergey Lavrov at the Headquarters of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow. His Holiness thanked His Excellency for Russia's help and support of the Syrian people. He also discussed with him the current situation of Christians in ...

Patriarch Kirill concerned by Christianophobia in Europe

Patriarch Kirill concerned by Christianophobia in Europe

Interfax-religion Moscow, May 5, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has spoken about harassment of Christians in Europe. “The phenomenon of Christianophobia is present not just in the Middle East. And what about Pakistan, Nigeria and several other African countries? And what about well-off European countries where people are not allowed to wear a ...

Preparations for All-Orthodox Council accompanied by intrigues – Patriarch Kirill

Preparations for All-Orthodox Council accompanied by intrigues – Patriarch Kirill

Interfax-religion Moscow, April 30, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the All-Orthodox Council will be held in Istanbul in 2016 but preparations for it have not been simple. “If everything goes well, the Council will be held in 2016,” the patriarch said at a ceremony which saw him being awarded with ...

Syrian Christians turning to Russia for protection

17/10/13 About 50,000 Syrian Christians want to apply for Russian citizenship. In a letter to the Russian Foreign Ministry, they said that they were not planning to flee Syria, but if threatened with physical elimination, they would pin their hopes on Russia as the guarantor of their survival. Analysts think that despite the difficulties their request ...

Russia calls for protection of Christian holy places in Maalula

Moscow, September 6, Interfax - The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concern over the attempts made by the armed opposition in Syria to take over the city of Maalula, a symbol of the Christian presence in Syria. "Moscow is deeply concerned over the fact that terrorist attacks in Syria have affected Maalula, a symbol of the ...

Russian Foreign Ministry says U.S. State Department’s religious freedom report politicized

Moscow, May 24, Interfax - The 2012 international religious freedom report of the U.S. State Department has been done superficially and does not reflect the objective situation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "We are to conclude that the U.S. State Department has again presented a contorted and politicized picture of the situation in the religious freedom ...

Abbot Ephraim to be released on bail

30/3/2012 Moscow Times The abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece will be released on a 300.000-euro bail after a 3-month imprisonment, local media quoted an Athens court spokesperson as saying on Thursday. Abbot Ephraim is accused of arranging land swaps between the Vatopedi Monastery and the state which are thought to have cost the ...

Patriarch Kirill to visit Japan

Moscow, April 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is planning to visit Japan in 2012, in particular, to check progress in the Orthodox churches' reconstruction process. "I am planning to visit Japan next year, in particular, the Sendai diocese destroyed by the disaster, to express solidarity with Japanese brothers and sisters, to ...

Moscow concerned about future of Serb shrines in Kosovo

Moscow, August 12, Interfax - The handover of Kosovo's Serbian shrines under the control of the territory's government may fuel tensions in the region, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrey Nesterenko. "We share the fears of the Serbian government and Orthodox Church that such plans could incite additional security concerns and tensions, and provoke misgiving among ...