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30. August 2017
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his church ministry on August 19. In his interview to RIA Novosti news agency, Metropolitan Hilarion told about “great and minor” miracles in his life, about the effect on him over the years of his service abroad of “the atmosphere in the Western countries,” about the visit to Moscow of the Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, abo...
24. August 2017
Interest among St. Petersburg school children in studying the basics of Orthodoxy has grown in comparison to those interested in studying world religious cultures, according to the head of the city’s Education Committee Zhanna Vorobyova, reports Interfax-Religion. “Within the framework of the course ‘Basics of Religious Cultures and Secular Ethics,’ 40% of students choose to study world religious cultures. I can say that if four years ago, 6% of students chose to study the basics of Orthodoxy...
24. August 2017
The Justice Ministry has put the Jehovah's Witnesses on the list of organizations prohibited in Russia. "The Russian Justice Ministry has added the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center in Russia religious organization, as well as 395 affiliated local religious organizations to the list of civil, religious and other non-governmental organizations regarding which a court order on liquidation or prohibition has taken effect pursuant to the Federal Law on Suppression of Extremist Activity," the ...
17. August 2017
On August 9, 2017, a round-table monastic forum finished its second and final day with four presentations on the theme: “The inner life of a city monastery”, reports Patriarchia.ru. The forum was held in the Novodevichy Convent, St. Petersburg. Participating in the forum where 5 bishops, 42 archimandrites and igumens, 45 abbesses, hieromonks, monks, and ryassaphore monks—160 monastics in total from 65 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church. This included Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Kazakhst...
14. August 2017
Metropolit Kornelij (Titov), das Oberhaupt der russischen Altgläubigen, hält eine Wiedervereinigung mit dem Moskauer Patriarchat für unmöglich. In einem Interview mit der russischen Zeitung Kommersant anlässlich des 350. Jahrestags der Kirchenspaltung sagte Metropolit Kornelij, die Wunden des Schismas seien zu groß. „Wir sind im Kern, in den Riten und im Geist sehr verschieden. Wir werden ihre Riten nie akzeptieren können, und es ist unwahrscheinlich, dass sie in näherer Zukunft zum alten Gla...
14. August 2017
Das Moskauer Patriarchat hat Entwurf eines „Katechismus der Russischen Orthodoxen Kirche“ im Internet veröffentlicht und zur Diskussion gestellt. Erarbeitet wurde der Entwurf von der Biblisch-Theologischen Kommission unter der Leitung von Metropolit Ilarion (Alfejev).
08. August 2017
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with a delegation of the Roman Catholic Church who were to accompany the relics of St. Nicholas from St. Petersburg to Bari, at the Golden Hall of the Metropolitan’s Chambers of the St. Alexander Nevsky Laura in St. Petersburg. Participating in the meeting from the Roman Catholic side were Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Archbishop Francesco Cacucci of Bari-Bitonto, Rev. Ciro Capo...
18. Juli 2017
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 ru...
18. Juli 2017
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 ...