Church official: scientologists, Jehovah’s Witnesses are American agents

Moscow, January 30, Interfax - The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, believes Russia should not give favorable treatment to scientologists and Jehovah's Witnesses. "From my viewpoint, it is not surprising that scientologist offices are now being searched in connection with fraud," he told Interfax-Religion on Friday. According to earlier ...

They try to deprive Russia of spiritual weapon, which is more powerful than nuclear one – Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin

They try to deprive Russia of spiritual weapon, which is more powerful than nuclear one – Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin

Moscow, October 9, Interfax - Loss of spiritual weapon is the most terrific thing for Russia, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. “They try to deprive Russia of its spiritual weapon, which, I believe, is more powerful than nuclear one,” Father Vsevolod said on air his programVechnost i ...

Cross set up, prayer said in North Pole

Moscow, April 7, Interfax - Members of the Association of Heroes of the Soviet  Union and Heroes of Russia, polar researchers, statesmen, public figures and  businessmen arrived at the North Pole on Sunday. The group also includes Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar and Mezensk, and  Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department  for Church and ...

Russia’s mission is to proclaim God’s truth to the whole world, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes

29/3/14 Russia has a special calling in the world, and the country has to prove it both to Russians and foreigners, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said. Moscow, March 28, Interfax – Russia has a special calling in the world, and the country has to prove it both to Russians and foreigners, head ...

Russia is fated to become center of Christian world – priest

Moscow, July 1, Interfax – Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplain, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, said Russia is moving towards maximum self-reliance and must become the center of global Christianity. “It is not accidental that many see Russia as a defender of Christian ideals and traditional moral values, as a country that provides ...

Attacks on Christian, Muslim holy places raise issue of moral limits of freedom – Russian Church

Moscow, September 20, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has reminded people who start religious conflicts and riots that freedom of expression should have clear moral limits. "I personally think that the continuing actions in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the appearance of a film insulting the founder of Islam, the attacks on U.S. embassies ...

Church calls on believers to unite for country’s revival

Moscow, May 4, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has urged believers not to cede to pressure and actively participate in the country's life. "We need a peaceful army of Orthodox Christians - a spiritual, cultural, informative, political army, not sword-wielding, not frightening anyone, but showing the wise, good, unbending, strong-willed force of our people for ...

Russian Orthodox Church criticizes dissemination of opposition leaflets in Christ the Savior Cathedral

Moscow, May 2, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church considers the dissemination of leaflets on a church territory inappropriate and calls for respecting the sanctity of the place. It was reported earlier that unidentified people had thrown out leaflets on the territory of Christ the Savior Cathedral, calling on parishioners to join a protest rally on ...

Moscow Patriarchate calls on Moldova not to pass law recognizing homosexuality as normal

Moscow, March 14, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate has cautioned the Moldovan administration about adopting a law on non-discrimination, which the country needs to pass to enter the EU. "There are things that cannot be neglected even to improve the financial situation of people. If society's moral health depends on the adoption of a law on ...

Orthodox Church calls for punishing performers, organizers of stunt at Christ the Savior Cathedral

Moscow, March 1, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church believes all those connected with a recent extravagant performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow should be identified and strictly punished. "It is difficult to say what motives those girls were guided by. But this needs to be found out. I think all the chain ...

Condoms and cigarettes sent to the Moscow Seminary as humanitarian help

Moscow, February 17, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate official one more time assuaged rumors that the Church sold tobacco and vodka in 1990s. "No vodka was sold. There was a humanitarian help, sometimes it came in form of wine and cigarettes. It was transferred to secular organizations. Secular organizations did with it whatever they wanted ...

Russian Church will support neither side in political struggle

25/1/2012 Russian Church will support neither side in political struggle Moscow, January 25, Interfax - Attempts to force the Church to side with any particular political force will yield no result, the Moscow Patriarchate said. "We need to think a thousand times before replying, whether spontaneously or emotionally and vehemently, to any call of this sort: be with ...

Russian Church is positive about “Orthodox” parties, but won’t bless them

Moscow, January 12, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin urges to think over whether it is possible to set up an "Orthodox" political party in Russia. "The Church is positive about the prospect of setting up Christian or Orthodox parties or in-party groups, but it won't ...

Church urges to give clear answer to accuses of falsifying State Duma elections

Moscow, December 28, Interfax - People who doubt results of the parliamentary elections in Russia should get an answer, the Moscow Patriarchate official believes. "It is very important that all accusations of dishonest votes counting, of violations in arranging elections receive a proper answer. They shouldn't stay hanging," head of the Synodal Department for Church and ...

Church official hopes new people in the State Duma will revive parliamentary processes

Moscow, December 22, Interfax - New political disposition in Russian State Duma proves viability of Russian authorities, the Moscow Patriarchate official believes. "It's evident that the State Duma is tuned to constructive work, there are many mature politicians in it, I know them very well and with some of them we have twenty years experience of ...

Church urges not to allow new revolution in Russia

Moscow, December 12, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church urges not to allow civil confrontations in Russia as the part of society is not conformed with results of votes counting at the parliamentary elections. "We can't but express satisfaction that rallies in Russian cities are generally peaceful, in frames of law. No matter how political positions ...

Cupolas and crosses crown churches of the Solovki Monastery at 500 ruble Banknote

Moscow, September 15, Interfax - Depiction of Orthodox crosses appeared on a new 500 ruble banknote issued on September 6. Official website of the Bank of Russia represents a drawing of the new banknote, on its backside crosses crown churches of the Solovki Monastery. The previous banknote depicted the monastery in its "Soviet" variant without crosses. ...

Russian Church calls to give legal jobs to illegal immigrants and let skinheads legally fight Crime

Moscow, August 19, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church believes it is vital for Russia to pursue anti-extremist campaign and develop a sustainable strategy. "Both prohibitive measures and conflict resolution efforts seem inadequate. There is a need to pursue strategic preventive efforts to settle conflicts among nations and confessions," head of the Synodal Department for Church ...

Russian Church calls for condemnation of Stalin, Lenin Crimes

Moscow, July 25, Interfax - A remembrance service for victims of Soviet-era repressions was held by the Solovetsky Stone on Moscow Lubyanskaya Square on Monday. "Many are trying to tell us that that period should be forgotten together with the great number of victims," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest ...

Russian Orthodox Church against becoming State Religion

Moscow, July 15, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate's position on what relations between the state and the Church should be is invariable, it said. "We do not want the (Church) to become part of the state apparatus, state machinery, to assume secular functions," Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society ...