Russian Orthodox Church

Working group for cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation holds its 19th meeting

June 11, 2014 Featured News

On 6 June 2014, the 19th meeting of the Working Group for cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation took place at the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) under the chairmanship of its head, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, and Mr. Grigory Karasin, deputy […]

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Russian Orthodox Church has conciliatory stance on Ukraine – Legoyda

June 2, 2014 Featured News

St. Petersburg, June 2, Interfax – The Russian Orthodox Church has a conciliatory stance regarding Ukraine, Moscow Patriarchate Information Department head Vladimir Legoyda said. “The Russian Orthodox Church has taken a ministerial stance, which is above the political stance. This stance is conciliatory. Patriarch [Kirill of Moscow and All Russia] has emphasized repeatedly that no […]

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The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church meets for regular session in St. Petersburg

May 31, 2014 Featured News

31/5/14 On 30 May 2014, the session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church was opened under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the historic building of the Sacred Governing Synod in St. Petersburg. Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, Locum Tenens of the Kievan Metropolitan […]

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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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Patriarch Kirill addresses the Serbian people with words of condolence and support

May 24, 2014 Featured News

May 2014 On May 21, 2014, during his meeting with the TV program “Word of a Pastor” team, which took place at the working Patriarchal residence in Chisty Lane in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia made a special address to the Serbian people in connection with the large-scale floods in […]

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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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Only Russia Defends Eastern Christians – Russian Orthodox Church

May 4, 2014 Featured News

Christians are currently facing unprecedented persecution in the Middle East. MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti) – Russia remains the only consistent advocate of Christians in the Middle East, where “Christian communities are being exposed to genuine genocide,” Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said in an interview with RIA Novosti Tuesday. “Western countries, which were helping Christians […]

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Patriarch Kirill meets Rossotrudnichestvo Federal Agency director K. Kosachev

April 30, 2014 Featured News

  30/4/14 On April 25, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with director of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), K. Kosachev. In attendance were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church […]

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Delhi to get India’s first Russian Orthodox Church

April 27, 2014 Featured News

Biswajit Choudhury | IANS – NEW DELHI – 27/4/14 The construction of India’s first Russian Orthodox Church will soon begin here, a top Russian diplomat said here. “A decision will be taken soon to begin construction of the Russian Orthodox Church within our cultural centre. This was the most convenient way of reaching an understanding […]

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Second meeting of the working group for dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey takes place at the Department for External Church Relations

April 12, 2014 News

April 2014 The meeting was held at the DECR premises on April 8, 2014, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR) and Prof. Dr. Mehmet Paçaci, head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Presidency of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, […]

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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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