Russian Church Outside Russia
On September 12, 2011, at 2 pm, the Press Center of Interfax-Kazakhstan in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, hosted a press conference on the arrival of a great holy item of Russian Orthodoxy, the Miracle-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign.”
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexander of Astanai and Kazakhstan, the press conference was led by the head of the Information and Publishing Department of the Kazakhstan Metropoliate, Protopriest Evgeny Ivanov and Kazakhstan’s renowned film director and documentary maker Konstantin Kharalampidis.
Participating were national and local journalists from the television, newspaper and magazine outlets, and representatives of information agencies.
Before the press conference began, those in attendance were shown a segment of a film about the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God. The members of the media were interested in the history of the miraculous image, miracles associated with it and its travels throughout the world. A schedule of the icon’s itinerary in Kazakhstan was made available, as well as DVDs with the film “The Face of the Queen of Heaven,” a video encyclopedia on the foundations of Orthodox Christianity and a brochure titled “The Fundamentals of Orthodoxy.”