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New hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church elected

March 27, 2014 Featured News

March 2014 At the meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, held on March  19, 2014, at St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, new vicar bishops of the Russian  Orthodox Church outside of Russia and the Latvian Orthodox Church were elected,  reports press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Hearing […]

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The light of martyrs shines in Siberia once again

March 9, 2014 Featured News

February-March 2014 On 28th February, in the lower church of the Trinity Cathedral in Kemerovo (Siberia), the exhibition “The light shines in the darkness – The witness of the Russian Orthodox Church during the years of the Soviet persecution” was inaugurated, as wished by the metropolitan of Kemerovo and Prokopev, the bishop Aristarkh. The exhibition […]

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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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Epistle of His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill, to the Entirety of the Russian Orthodox Church in Connection with Events in Ukraine

February 22, 2014 Featured News

22/2/14 His Holiness Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow & All Russia, released an epistle to the entirety of the Russian Orthodox Church in connection with recent events in Ukraine.  Reverend archpastors and pastors, dear brothers and sisters – children of the Church! It is with dismay, pain, and alarm that I have followed and continue to follow the events in Kiev and […]

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First Ever Orthodox Liturgy celebrated in Bhalwal City – Pakistan

February 17, 2014 Featured News

Russian Orthodox Church of Pakistan – February 2014 On 2nd February 2014, representatives of St Michael the Archangel Orthodox Christian Mission visited the Bhalwal City, Pakistan. Father Cyril (Rector of the Orthodox Christian Church in Sargodha) along with Matushka Imma met with the Christian colony of Warriach Town in Bhalwal city and celebrated the first […]

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Russians disapprove criticism of Russian Orthodox Church – poll

February 16, 2014 Featured News

16/2/14 Sixty-three percent of Russian citizens recently interviewed by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) believe that it is unacceptable to criticize the Russian Orthodox Church. The public opinion survey, which was conducted in 43 Russian regions on February 1-2 and involved 1,500 people, showed that only 15% of respondents are skeptical towards the Church. Ten […]

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Russian Orthodox Church looking for Christians among Muslim migrants

February 13, 2014 News

13/2/14 The Russian Orthodox Church is planning to publish the gospels in the Central Asian languages, including Uzbek and Tajik. According to the Dimitry (Pershin), a priest on the missionary commission of the Moscow diocesan council, this publication will be well-researched, academic in nature, and of high quality. “This will be our answer to the […]

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New Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia Enthroned

February 10, 2014 Featured News

10/2/14 Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church takes part in enthronement of the new Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia. The enthronement of His Beatitude Metropolitan Rastislav, the new Primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, took place at the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in […]

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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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Mikhail Kalashnikov repented to Russian Orthodox Church for AK-47 deaths

January 16, 2014 Featured News

16/1/14 MIKHAIL Kalashnikov, designer of the AK-47 rifle, told the head of the Russian Orthodox Church before his death that he felt guilty for those it killed. Kalashnikov, who died in December at the age of 94, in April wrote a lengthy emotional letter to Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, Izvestia, a pro-Kremlin daily, reported […]

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Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia established in India with Deacon Fr Silouan being Ordained

January 5, 2014 Featured News

OCP News Service – 5/1/13 Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (Moscow Patriarchate) India/Banglore: Deacon Fr Silouan was  formally ordained to the Holy Priesthood in Archangel Michael Orthodox Church in Blacktown, NSW and established as the Rector of St John Chrysostom Orthodox Church (ROCOR) located in Bangalore, India under the Deanery of India and Pakistan of […]

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Russian Orthodox Church: repentance must precede baptism of babies born to surrogate mothers

January 4, 2014 Featured News

4/1/13 The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has issued a statement on the baptism of infants born to surrogate mothers. After expressing sympathy for spouses struggling with infertility, the synod cited a 2000 Russian Orthodox bishops’ document and stated that it is morally licit for spouses to use artificial insemination as long as […]

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Bells Will Ring in Hebron for the First Time in a Century

January 4, 2014 Featured News

4/1/13 For the first time in 100 years, there will be full liturgical bell-ringing for the Nativity at the Russian dependency in Hebron. January 3, 2014. PRAVMIR. Hieromonk Alexy (Eliseev), the sacristan of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, has consecrated a new set of bells for the bell-tower of the Church of the Holy Forefathers in […]

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The Holy Synod concludes its last session in 2013

December 28, 2013 Featured News

T he Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church held on December 25-26 its last session in 2013. The Synod granted the petition for retirement from Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch for All Belarus, due to his reaching the age of 75. The Synod expressed cordial gratitude to him for his 35 […]

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Statement on the events in Ukraine by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

December 28, 2013 News

The document was adopted by the Russian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod at its meeting on December 25-26, 2013 (Minutes No. 132). The last months of the outgoing year 2013 have been marked with disorders in Ukraine which have caused our profound concern and raised painful echoes in the united multinational and millions-strong Russian Church. We […]

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Russian Orthodox Church is open to dialogue with Pussy Riot, but without provocations

December 24, 2013 News

Moscow/Krasnoyarsk, December 23, Interfax – The Moscow Patriarchate is hoping that the members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot who have been released from prison today after being amnestied will improve. “Every person has a right to make public statements, honest debates, and competition of ideas. However, when political manipulations and dangerous provocations happen, […]

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Russian Orthodox Church Urges Inquiry Into Religious Cult

December 23, 2013 News

December 2013 MOSCOW, December 2 (RIA Novosti) – A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church called for an inquiry Monday into the activities of a Russian sect that he says “imitates Orthodoxy.” The unregistered Kuzya-the-God religious group, which experts say bears the hallmarks of a totalitarian sect, gained notoriety last week after its members allegedly […]

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Russian Orthodox Church Gives Flamboyant Crooner Top Award

December 19, 2013 Featured News

MOSCOW, December 18 (RIA Novosti) – The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church presented the nation’s answer to Frank Sinatra with a top award on Wednesday for his public service, adding to the flamboyant now-lawmaker’s already glittering array of decorations. Patriarch Kirill awarded Joseph Kobzon, who has in the past been denied a US visa […]

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Separation of Church & state to remain intact – Russian Patriarch

November 28, 2013 Featured News

November 2015 The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has rejected allegations of a possible official union between his institution and the state, adding that only an independent Church can preach successfully. “The Church is protecting its own freedom because it is sure that only its independence gives her an opportunity to be a fully-fledged […]

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Russians flock to exhibition glorifying Romanovs’ rule

November 25, 2013 Featured News

  Eleonore Dermy - 25/11/13 MOSCOW: With a queue stretching at least a kilometer, a high-tech exhibition  giving a rosy view of the house of Romanov and jointly organized by the Russian  Orthodox Church and the Kremlin has drawn tens of thousands of visitors in  central Moscow. In another sign of the power of the Russian […]

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The Russian Orthodox Church has warned of a “genocide” against Christians and other religious minorities, urging the international community to take action.

November 20, 2013 News

20/11/13 The Russian Orthodox Church has warned of a “genocide” against Christians and other religious minorities, urging the international community to take action. The call came in a forum held over the weekend in Liechtenstein and dedicated to the crisis in Syria, which was attended by Catholic and Orthodox clergy along with diplomats, including Lakhdar […]

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