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November 11, 2017 Featured
Georrgia, Imereti region, Chiatura city, Mgvimevi Monastery church. – 10/11/17 While the total Orthodox Christian population throughout the world has more than doubled over the past century, now standing at 260 million, with more than 100 million in Russia alone, it has decreased as a share of the overall Christian and global populations, due to far faster growth among Protestants and Catholics, and […]

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“I Don’t Want the Russian Church Abroad to Lose Its Identity” – Protopriest Peter Perekrestov

September 19, 2017 Featured

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia – September 2017 You were born and reared in the Russian diaspora. Tell us about the people who influenced you in your younger years and nurtured in you a love for the Church and your historic homeland. – I […]

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“Vladyka Lavr Truly Loved the Church”

September 7, 2017 Featured

ROCOR Studies – Archpriest Victor Boldewskul – September 2017 Father Victor Boldewskul was born in 1968 in Rochester, NY. From the age of 13, he started to visit Holy Trinity Monastery as “a summer boy.” In 1986 he enrolled in Holy Trinity Seminary and graduated in 1991 with Bachelor in Theology (Cum Laude). In 1993 […]

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May 14, 2016 Featured News

Linn’s Stamp News – May 2016 Historically, it would be hard to overstate the national and cultural influence of the Orthodox Church in Moldova. Today, upwards of 95 percent of the population of roughly 3 million are Orthodox Christians. In a sense, to be Moldovan is to be Orthodox. Trying to define Moldova can be a […]

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Christmas Then… and Now

December 26, 2015 Featured News
An illuminated Christmas tree

Finian Cunningham – – 26/12/15 Demonically, in time for Christmas, we learn that the rulers of the United States of America had plans at one time to wipe out humanity with nuclear war. As Christians around the world celebrate the birth of God’s son, Jesus, some 2,000 years ago, the revelation of a demonic plan to […]

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Splashes of religiosity characterize war years in the USSR – the Patriarchate official says

April 29, 2015 Featured News
Splashes of religiosity characterize war years in the USSR, the Patriarchate official says

Interfax-religion Moscow, April 28, Interfax – The Soviet Union experienced a religious renaissance in the years of the Great Patriotic War. “Documents on the Smolensk Region to a certain degree disprove a widely spread statement that preferably the elder generation, especially villagers, went to church in war years. There is information that young people were […]

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Historic cathedral returned to Russian Orthodox Church

April 17, 2015 Featured News
Historic cathedral returned to Russian Orthodox Church – April 2015 The Russian government has returned Smolny Convent and Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church, according to a report from AsiaNews. The convent, whose centerpiece is the cathedral, is located in St. Petersburg and was built for the daughter of Peter the Great as she entered religious life. Construction of the cathedral was […]

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Patriarch Kirill urges Europe to return to Christian values, warns against ‘rewriting history’

November 16, 2014 Featured News

November 2014 Europe has switched from being a Christian bastion to a locomotive destroying faith, said Patriarch Kirill, the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, after his arrival on Friday in the Serbian capital of Belgrade for a three-day visit. As he received an honorary degree at the University of Belgrade, Patriarch Kirill sounded the […]

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Cross set up, prayer said in North Pole

April 9, 2014 Featured News

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 […]

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Controversial Protestant church putting down roots in Ukraine

February 14, 2012 News

14/2/2012 The Embassy of God church in Ukraine has attracted a number of adherents, as well as a number of detractors. While founder Sunday Adelaja insists he’s out to save souls, an attorney said he’s out to swindle and scam. When it comes to going to church, Ukraine is mostly Orthodox Christians, but Protestant churches […]

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Patriarch Kirill considers collapse of the USSR a decay of historical Russia

November 21, 2011 Featured News

Moscow, November 15, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes collapse of the Soviet Union was a negative event. “This year we recall the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s collapse. In this connection I prefer to speak about collapse of historical Russia,” the Patriarch said at a mutual session of the […]

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Russia May Ditch Liberal Abortion Laws

June 2, 2011 News

By the Associated Press 31/5/2011 (AP) – Russia’s Orthodox Church teamed with Conservative parliamentarians yesterday to push legislation that would radically restrict abortions in a nation struggling to cope with one of the world’s lowest birthrates. The legislation would ban free abortions at government-run clinics and prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill without a […]

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Armenian Awakening: Revival of a Church

January 17, 2011 Featured News

Diana Markosian | Moscow 15/1/2011 The voices of a small Armenian choir reverberate off the ancient walls of a 17th century church in the rugged hills of Yerevan. Outside the tiny parish, churchgoers huddle, clamoring to get a peek of the evening service. It is Christmas Eve, and nearly 20 years after the collapse of […]

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World Russian People’s Council to open in Moscow

May 25, 2010 News

25/05/2010 The World Russian People’s Council will open in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss issues related to national education and juvenile justice, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman said. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will lead the council, which is due to close on Wednesday. The participants of discussions are […]

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