The founder of Belarusian pro-life movement Tatsiana Tarasevich passed away

Report Prepared for OCP Media Network - 5/6/14 The founder of Belarusian pro-life movement passed away on  Monday Belarus: Overnight into the 2nd of June the founder and the head of the Belarusian pro-life movement Tatsiana Tarasevich passed away at the age of 44. She was the chief editor of the news and analysis portal www. pro-life.by and ...

Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko meets with participants in 4th Orthodox-Catholic Forum

On June 3, 2014, Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko received in audience participants in the 4th Orthodox-Catholic Forum “Religion and Cultural Diversity: Challenges for Christian Churches in Europe”, which opened yesterday in Minsk. The meeting, which took place at the Palace of Independence, was attended by Orthodox and Catholic hierarchs and theologians from 22 European countries. Mr ...

Minsk to host Orthodox- Roman Catholic Forum 2-6 June

May 2014 MINSK, 30 May (BelTA) – Representatives of 22 countries will take part in the Orthodox-Catholic Forum which will be held in Minsk on 2-6 June, Superior of the All Saints Memorial Church Archpriest Fyodor Povnyi told reporters on 30 May, BelTA has learned.According to Fyodor Povnyi, the Orthodox-Catholic Forum will become an important event ...

Metropolitan of Belarus urges Instigators of the Ukrainian crisis to remember the Last Judgment

25/4/14 Head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Paul of Minsk and Slutsk has reminded those stirring up confrontation in the Ukraine of the Last Judgment. This statement was made by Metropolitan Paul on the Belarusian ONT television channel. "It is not only Ukrainians who are guilty of what is going on (in the Ukraine),” he said, ...

Belarusian Orthodox church to welcome guests of Major pro-life forum

Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk

Belarusian Exarchate - Moscow Patriarchate Report Prepared for OCP New Service 16/4/14 Belarusian Orthodox church to welcome  guests of  big pro-life forum in May 2014. On the 17th of May in Bobruisk (Belarus) the international forum “Family as the sphere of responsibility of the church and state” will take place. The event will be carried out with the support of ...

Ancient church robbed in Belarus

March 2014 Unidentified persons have robbed the Church of Holy Martyr Parasceva in the Mesyatichi village of Pinsk district, between 12.00 of March 14 and 15.00 of March 15, reports Telegraf.by. Breaking off the lock of the entrance door and damaging the inner door, they stole five icons, two Gospels, and one silver chalice. A criminal case has ...

Patriarch Kirill blessed Orthodox sportsmen and sportswomen participating in the Olympic Games

On 5th February His Holiness Patriarch Kirill officiated a Te-Deum service in the church of the Icon of Christ not-made-by-human-hands. Moldovan sportsmen and sportswomen participated in the Divine Service, along with their Orthodox brothers and sisters from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Talking to the audience, the Hierarch mentioned: “My dears, I wanted very much to meet all ...

Gifts of the Magi relic from Mount Athos to visit Russia, Belarus and Ukraine

Moscow, December 13, Interfax - The holy relic of the Gifts of the Magi, preserved in the Monastery of St. Paul on Mount Athos, will be taken to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk and Kiev for the Orthodox Christmas holiday in January 2014. The relic will be on display at the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior ...

Patriarch Kirill gives consent to Belarus’ Exarchate office in Moscow

14/11/13 MINSK, 12 November (BelTA) – Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill gave consent to the proposal of the Belarusian Orthodox Church to open an office of the Belarusian Exarchate in Moscow, Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus told bishops at the Synod meeting, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian Exarchate. “I ...

Authorities fear that churches’ authority will grow, and cooperation between them will increase

19/9/13 - BELARUS A national march under the slogan of ‘For Life, For Family, For Children’ aimed at promoting birth and family values and initially planned for September 21st in Minsk, will not take place due to a ban by the authorities. Despite the announced cooperation between the government and the Orthodox Church and, to a lesser ...

Thousands of people prayed with heads of Orthodox Churches in Minsk

Minsk, July 29, Interfax - Some 20,000 people attended the liturgy served by the heads of the Orthodox Churches in a Minsk square on Monday. "One of the first lands to be christened after Kiev was the Polotsk land, the land you now symbolically think of as the people of Belarus," Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and ...

Alexander Lukashenko greets Christians of Belarus with the 1025th anniversary of the Conversion of Russia

29/7/13 "The adoption of Christianity was the living source or the Easters Slavs, which defined the development of their statehood, national culture, since and education. At all times the Church was the source of hope and carried the best traditions of charity, industry and devotion to Motherland. Its authority and experience is required in society. The ...

1,025 years of Christianity: Ukraine hosts Orthodox celebrations while questioning its future

28/7/13 The Orthodox Church is celebrating the 1025th anniversary of introduction of Christianity into medieval Russia. Clerical delegations and the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus are joining the festivities in Ukraine's capital, Kiev. The culmination of the celebrations will be a liturgy in Kiev’s  central cathedral Kiev Pechersk Laura (Kiev Monastery of the  Caves) and a ...

During Baptism Anniversary, Putin Lauds Russian-Ukrainian “Spiritual Unity,” Urges Integration

KIEV, July 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin praised on Saturday the “spiritual unity” between Russia and Ukraine and urged closer integration between the two nations. Putin arrived in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, to take part in festivities celebrating the 1025th anniversary of baptism of Kievan Rus, a medieval state that comprised parts of ...

Rus Baptism celebrated across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus

28/7/13 Russia, Ukraine and Belarus celebrate the 1025th anniversary of the Rus baptism on July 28. The celebrations started in Moscow with a festive service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, where thousands of pilgrims came to touch the Cross of St Andrew. VoR's Dasha Chernyshova explains its importance. The celebrations will move – including the ...

Belarusian Leader Lukashenko Calls for Orthodox Church Reform

MINSK, July 26 (RIA Novosti) – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Friday that the Orthodox Church was due for reforms to make practicing religion more comfortable for believers. “I support gradual reforms of our Church, starting with the [use of Old Slavic] language and prolonged services, as there are many elderly women [among churchgoers] and they ...

Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy holds is 20th conference in Athens

1/7/13 The Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy held its 20th General Assembly from June 27-29, 2013, in Athens to discuss Parliamentary Democracy-Christianity-Orthodoxy: Values and Meanings. The Assembly was attended by parliamentary delegations from member states including Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, as ...

The Orthodox Church Says “No” To Death Penalty – Belarus Press Review

Paula Brown- 26/6/13 Will a new presidential decree impose the ideological control on performers in Belarus? The Belarusian Orthodox Church gives a loud "no" to capital punishment. Who can improve the problematic relations with Ukraine? Over the last two weeks Belarusian press covered a wide range of topics. The head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church says "no" to ...

Alexander Lukashenko visits Minsk Church of All Saints

MINSK, 6 May (BelTA) - Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko visited the Church of All Saints in Minsk on Easter Day celebrated by Orthodox Christians on 5 May, BelTA has learnt. The Belarusian head of state together with Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus lit up a candle in honor of the ...

Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Church-Public Organizing Committee for the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia

On March 27, 2013, the Church-Public Organizing Committee for the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Russia met at the patriarchal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery. It was chaired by His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Along with hierarchs and clergy of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, the committee includes high governmental officials ...

Orthodox relic from Greece to be on display in Belarus 9-17 May

St-Spyridon-of-Trimythous

MINSK, 9 January (BelTA) – Belarusian and Greek Orthodox Churches have agreed that the relic of the right hand of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous will be brought to Belarus and be on display on 9-17 May 2013, BelTA learnt from the Belarusian Exarchate. The relic which is to be brought from Corfu, Kerkyra will be displayed ...