Russland: Oberstes Gericht bestätigt das Verbot der Zeugen Jehovas

Das Oberste Gericht Russlands hat die Berufung der Zeugen Jehovas gegen ihr Verbot abgelehnt. Das Gericht bestätigte das Urteil von April, dem zufolge es sich bei der Religionsgemeinschaft um eine „extremistische Gruppe“ handelt, der weitere Aktivitäten in Russland verboten sind. Die Zeugen Jehovas kündigten den Gang zum Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte (EGMR) in Straßburg an. „In dieser Frage ist das letzte Wort noch nicht gesprochen, da das Oberste Gericht nicht nur Normen der...

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Russland: Metropolitan Hilarion denies calling for restoration of monarchy

The head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion has reminded what he said when asked during a television program whether Russia should return to monarchic government, and reassured that his remarks did not contain calls for its restoration. "Can this reply be seen as a call for the restoration of monarchy or a call for a debate on the restoration of monarchy? In my view - no. Unless, of course, you wish to read between the lines," Metropolitan Hilarion...

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Russland: Metropolit Ilarion über die Vorteile der Monarchie

Als Reaktion auf die Äußerungen des georgischen Katholikos hat Metropolit Ilarion, der Leiter des Kirchlichen Außenamtes der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche (ROK), die Vorzüge der Monarchie und die Bereitschaft der ROK betont, über ihre Wiedereinführung zu diskutieren. Das Oberhaupt der Georgischen Orthodoxen Kirche, Katholikos-Patriarch Ilia II., hatte Ende Juni vorgeschlagen, in Georgien die konstitutionelle Monarchie einzuführen, da diese Staatsform dem Land Ruhe bringen würde.

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Russland: Metropolitan Hilarion believes prolongation of sanctions not harmful for Russia

Food embargo, which Russia prolonged to the end of 2018 will help develop the country's agriculture while European and American sanctions gave Russia a chance to develop its own industry, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said on the Church and the World program on Rossiya-24 (VGTRK) television channel. In early July the EU Council prolonged economic restrictions against Russia for six months. Brussels associate this term with...

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Russland: Dormition Cathedral and Monastery on Sviyazhsk Island added to UNESCO World Heritage List

By decision of the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on July 9 in Krakov, Poland, Dormition Cathedral and Monastery on the island-town of Sviyazhsk in Tatarstan have been included in the World Heritage List, reports patriarchia.ru. The nomination dossier for the cathedral and monastery was submitted to the World Heritage Committee in early 2016. Large-scale restoration work on the island, including the monastery, and preparation for the dossier were carried out with the...

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Russland: 1,25 Mio. Pilger besuchen Nikolaus-Reliquien in Moskau

Bereits mehr als 1,25 Mio. Gläubige haben bis am 30. Juni die Nikolaus-Reliquien in Moskau besucht. Wegen des großen Andrangs beträgt die Wartezeit im Schnitt 4,5 Stunden, die Schlange erstreckt sich oft über drei Kilometer. Die Behörden haben daher die Gläubigen gebeten, bei der Wahl des Zeitpunkts für ihren Besuch die Wetterlage zu berücksichtigen. Zudem wurden die Moskauer aufgerufen, nicht am Wochenende, sondern unter der Woche zu den Reliquien zu pilgern. Denn am Wochenende reisen Gläubige...

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Russland: Sverdlovsk Region Court mitigates sentence for 'Pokemon catcher'

The Sverdlovsk Region Court has heard the appeal against the sentence handed down for Yekaterinburg blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky on the counts of offending religious feelings, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom on 7 July 2017. The court reduced Sokolovsky's suspended sentence from 3.5 years to two years and three months. It was reported earlier that Sokolovsky posted a video on the Internet in summer 2016 showing him catching Pokemon in the Church on the Blood, built on the site...

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Russland: Dialogue between Russian Orthodox Church and Turkey’s Presidency for Religious Affairs

The working group for dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and Turkey’s Presidency for Religious Affairs met at the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR). It was set up as provided by an agreement reached at the meeting of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Presidency head Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez, which took place on November 30, 2011, in Moscow.

The talk, which was held in a frank and friendly atmosphere, was chaired by the...

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Russland: 24th General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy

On 26-27 June 2017, the 24th General Assembly of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy held its working sessions in Rome, Italy. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop Antony of Bogorodsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad, took part in this international forum. In the evening of June 25, the delegates of the Assembly visited the Monastery of St Nilus in Grottaferrata, where they were greeted by...

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