Osteuropa: Kirchliche Reaktionen auf Corona-Epidemie

Rumänien
Der Pressedienst des Patriarchats der Rumänischen Orthodoxen Kirche hat in Zusammenhang mit der Verbreitung des Covid-19-Coronavirus zur strikten Einhaltung aller vom Gesundheitsministerium geforderten Maßnahmen aufgerufen. Die Pressemeldung vom 27. Februar gibt auch Empfehlungen in liturgischer und spiritueller Hinsicht: Menschen mit grippeähnlichen Symptomen sollen gut besuchte Orte einschließlich Kirchen meiden, um andere nicht der Ansteckungsgefahr auszusetzen. Sie werden auf die im...

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Estland: Old Calendar Nativity should be public holiday, says mayor of Tallinn

In his congratulations to Orthodox Christians on January 6, Tallinn mayor Taavi Aas said he believes that January 7, Old Calendar Nativity, should be celebrated as a public holiday in Estonia, reports the site of the Tallinn city administration. “January 7, or the first day of Nativity on the Orthodox calendar should be a day off and a public holiday because the Orthodox want to spend their feast day honorably,” the capital city mayor said. “The Orthodox are the largest group of believers in...

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Estland: Archbishop Yevgeny elected Primate of the Estonian Orthodox Church

On 29 May 2018, the Synod of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate held an extraordinary session at the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Tallinn with the view of electing the Primate of the Estonian Church. As the result of the secret vote, Archbishop Yevgeny of Vereya, vicar of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, chairman of the Education Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church, rector of the Moscow theological schools, was elected Primate of the...

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Estland: Papst gibt sich bei Jugendtreffen kritisch

Bei einem ökumenischen Jugendtreffen in Estland hat Papst Franziskus heikle Themen angesprochen und ein institutionelles Versagen der Kirche eingeräumt. In den Augen vieler Jugendlicher hätten Kirchenvertreter ihre Glaubwürdigkeit verloren. Zudem lösten Missbrauchs- und Finanzskandale, die nicht klar verurteilt würden, Empörung aus, sagte Franziskus in der lutherischen Karlskirche in Tallinn.

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Estland: City of Tallinn donates $215'000 for restoration of Orthodox Church

Tallinn authorities have allocated 180'000 euros ($215'500) towards the restoration of the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Kazan Church) in the Estonian capital city, the mayor’s press service reported yesterday, according to RIA-Novosti. The agreement on the allocation of funds was signed by parish rector Victor Melnik and Tallinn City Council Chairman Mikhail Kilvart. According to the plan, the restoration work on the Kazan Church, as it is known by the people, will be completed by...

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Estland: Estonian New Martyrs canonized by Holy Synod of Constantinople

Having suffered under the heavy yoke of communism in the 20th century, the Estonian land also offered up its faithful hierarchs, clergy, and faithful to the Lord, and, at its recent session, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople resolved to include 8 new names among the ranks of the Estonian New Martyrs. The New Martyrs, who gave their lives for the Lord between 1944 and 1955, were canonized by Constantinople at the proposal of the Holy Synod of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox...

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Estland: Faithful process 20 miles with wonderworking icon

A pious, 200-year tradition was continued on Sunday in Estonia when scores of faithful pilgrims gathered to process in honor of the Most Holy Theotokos on before feast of her holy Dormition.The procession moves from the St. Elias Skete of Pukhtitsa Monastery in Vasknarva to Pukhtitsa Monastery itself, covering a distance of 20.5 miles, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists, with reference to the site of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The faithful carried...

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Estland: The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is again a worldwide church

The XXX General Synod of the EELC decided at its meeting on November 29, 2017 to accept congregations that used to belong to the EELC Diocese Abroad (as of July 16, 2017) into the EELC as diaspora congregations. The General Synod of the EELC also decided to form a EELC North-American diaspora deanery to replace North-American deanery. „Due to the global reunification, the boundaries of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church are no longer determined by the territory of our state. This was the...

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