LIBRARY AT ST. CATHERINE’S MONASTERY REOPENS AFTER RESTORATION

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Orthochristian.com - 20/12/17 The collection of ancient handwritten manuscripts, preserved in the Monastery of St. Catherine on the Sinai Peninsula, has opened again for research upon completion of the first stage of restoration in the monastery library. The process of restoring part of the storage room has continued for nearly nine years, under the patronage of the ...

Hundreds protest handover of St. Petersburg’s landmark cathedral to Russian Orthodox Church

RT.com - 29/1/17 Some 2,000 people took part in a rally against the handover of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church. Protesters fear the Church will not maintain the public museum function of the iconic building which is a popular tourist attraction. “Nearly 2,000 people have taken part in protests at the Field of Mars. ...

14TH CENTURY FRESCO PIECED TOGETHER FROM DEBRIS TO BE RETURNED TO NOVGOROD’S ST. SOPHIA CATHEDRAL

Pravoslavie.ru - 17/1/17 The fourteenth century ”Mother of God Enthroned” fresco, restored from its various parts, is to be returned to St. Sophia’s Cathedral in the Novgorod Kremlin, reports TASS. The uniqueness of the fresco’s restoration, according to Novgorod museum-reserve director Natalia Grigorieva, consists in that experts gathered its pieces literally from debris, covered in seventeenth century ...

HANDOVER OF ST. PETERSBURG’S LANDMARK CATHEDRAL TO ORTHODOX CHURCH MAY TAKE 2-3 YEARS

TASS -  Pravoslavie.ru - 15/1/17 St. Petersburg: The handover of the St. Isaac’s Cathedral museum, one of St. Petersburg's landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage site, to the Russian Orthodox Church, may take at least two to three years, the museum’s director, Nikolay Burov, told TASS on Wednesday. Burov said that time is needed to determine the future of ...

GEORGIA’S ORTHODOX PATRIARCH TO VISIT MOSCOW TO MARK RUSSIAN PATRIARCH’S 70TH BIRTHDAY

TASS - 25/10/16 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II is expected to pay a visit to Moscow in November to mark Russian Patriarch Kirill’s 70th birthday, Georgia’s Patriarchate told TASS on Saturday, confirming media reports. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, had sent an invitation to his Georgian counterpart, the ...

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL CENTER OPENS UP IN PARIS

TASS - 21/7/16 The Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural center in Paris held its inaugural opening on Wednesday. The center, which was under construction since 2014, was built on the Branly embankment, in the historic center of the French capital. The opening was attended by Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, as well as Russia’s Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky ...

PUTIN SUPPORTS TEACHING SPIRITUAL AND MORAL CULTURE AT SCHOOLS

Pravoslavie.ru - 8/10/16 The head of the state spoke about this during his conversation with the winners of the all-Russian “Teacher of the Year” contest, reports TASS. “Of course it’s useful. The only question is how it is going to be organized and implemented,” said the president, answering whether a general cultural course which would be taught to ...

Thousands join Kiev Holy Cross procession for peace despite threats & provocation attempts

www.RT.Com - 28/7/16 Thousands gathered for the Holy Cross procession of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Kiev on Wednesday, amid heightened security. The organizers of the march said its aim was to bring reconciliation and an end to the civil war in eastern Ukraine. The procession symbolically began from two opposite corners of the country – one ...

ABBOT OF HOLY TRINITY-DANILOV MONASTERY KILLED IN PERESLAVL-ZALESSKY

Pravoslavie.ru - 8/7/16 +MEMORY ETRNAL+ Igumen Daniel (Sokolov), abbot of the Holy Trinity-Danilov men’s monastery of Pereslav-Zalessky, was killed in his cell on July 7. As TASS reports with reference to the press service of the Pereslavl diocese, “the body of the abbot of the monastery, Igumen Daniel (Sokolov), was found after the morning service in his cell. ...

GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH WILL NOT TAKE PART IN PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

TASS - 10/6/16 The Georgian Orthodox Church will not take part in the Pan-Orthodox Council to be held in Crete on June 17-27. The relevant decision was taken at a meeting of the Church’s Holy Synod held in Tbilisi on Friday presided by Ilya II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia. The Georgian Orthodox Church has confirmed local media ...

Russia affirms Protection of Christians in Middle East

TASS - March 2015 Read full article here: Russia to firmly stand for Middle East Christians’ protection -—Russian UN envoy Moscow resolutely and consistently denounces any acts of violence against civilians, including on ethnic and religious grounds, Russia's Ambassador to the UN says. Read full article here: Source:  

Kusturica : Serbian, Russian Films Need To Get Rid Of Hollywood Influence

In Serbia - February 2015 Well-known Serbian film director, Emir Kusturica, said on Monday that Russian and Serbian film industries needed to undergo “cultural de-colonization” and get rid of Hollywood influence, TASS reports. “Russia has never been anybody’s colony but Hollywood has managed to colonize it. Colonization is a dangerous thing. When a Russian film starts looking like ...

Muslims, Christians equally subjected to purges in Middle East – Patriarch Kirill

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TASS. Russian News Agency - November 2014 Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill discussed the situation in the Middle East with Syria’s supreme mufti, Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, in Moscow. MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Moslems in the Middle East are subjected to purges in today’s Middle East as much as Christians, the Patriarch of Moscow and all ...

Patriarch Kirill asks Pakistani president to pardon Christian woman sentenced to death

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TASS. Russian News Agency - November 2014 The Lahore High Court on September 16 upheld the death sentence a court of lower instance passed on Asia Bibi, who has long been under arrest for insulting the Islamic prophet Mohammed. MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow and All Russia, has asked the President of the Islamic Republic ...

Archaeological museums may appear at Moscow churches

August 2014 In Moscow archaeological museums may appear attached to churches. This was announced on Thursday at a press conference by Leonid Belyayev, head of the sector of the Moscow archaeology of the Institute of Archaeology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, reports ITAR-TASS. “Such museums should be formed, and churches will be their centers in many ...

New York Street may be Named in Honor of Holy Patriarch Tikhon

August 2014 The Northern Cross Historical Society of Russian Compatriots in the USA has proposed naming a street in New York City after Holy Patriarch Tikhon (Belavin) of Moscow and All Russia (1865-1925), reports ITAR-TASS. This initiative is supported by Russians and Orthodox Americans living in New York, hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia ...

Patriarch Kirill blames radical politicians for deaths in Odessa

May 2014 The Russian Orthodox Church is in deep grief over the new bloodshed in Ukraine as political radicals are trying to assert their convictions despite the loss of life, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said on Saturday, May 3, commenting in the latest events in Odessa, southern Ukraine, and the eastern Donetsk region, ...

All shrines of Ma’loula either destroyed or desecrated

20/1/14 A radical Jabhat al-Nusra "opposition" group, which occupied the small Christian town of Ma'loula in Syria in the last months of 2013, desecrated absolutely all shrines of the town, reports al Hadas portal with the reference to materials of the al Akhbar Lebanese newspaper. According to evidence of eyewitnesses who fled from Ma'loula during the latest ...

Camp for pilgrims expected at the 700th anniversary service of St. Sergius to be built near Moscow

January 2014 In July this year, near the walls of Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in the Moscow region, a tent camp measuring 44 hectares will be built; it will accommodate 100,000 participants of the All-Russian Cross procession, dedicated to the 700th birth anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh, reports ITAR-TASS. This was reported on January 9 by ...

Syria: Christians erect statue of Jesus Christ as symbol of hope and peace

17/10/13 Envoys of the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches have erected a monumental statue of Christ on top of the Cherubim Mountain in the Syrian city of Saidnaya. The statue symbolizes hope and peace. Moscow Theological Academy, which was the curator of the project, reported today that this monument should become a symbol of hope of all ...

Patriarch Kirill and hierarchs of Local Orthodox Churches head to Kiev for Rus Baptism festivities

27/7/13- ITAR-TASS Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the hierarchs of the Local Orthodox Churches have left for Kiev by special train to take part in the festivities devoted to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. “The event has a big significance. We mark the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus. This ...