Lettland: Altgläubigen-Kulturzentrum in Lettland geplant

Mit dem Ziel, das nationale kulturhistorische Erbe Lettlands zu bewahren, soll im Altgläubigen-Dorf Slutiški die Ausstattung verbessert werden, wie das Portal „Grani“ berichtet. Zudem soll so auch die Umgebung entwickelt und der Zustrom von Touristen in der Region Daugavpils vergrößert werden. Im Rahmen des Projekts ist geplant, im Dorf ein weiteres Gebäude zu restaurieren, ein Kulturzentrum über die Altgläubigen zu gründen und im Gebetsraum eine neue Ausstellung einzurichten.

Laut der zuvor...

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Bulgarien: Romanian-Bulgarian Concelebration

On 4 June His Beatitude Neophyte, Patriarch of Bulgaria, presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Sofia.

According to mitropolia-sofia.org, concelebrants for the Divine Liturgy included:His Eminence Teodosie, Archbishop of Tomis,
  • His Grace Gerasimos of Melnik, secretary of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church,
  • His Grace Tikhon of Tiveriopolsk, Assistant Bishop to the Diocese of Sofia,
  • Archimandrite Philip Vasiltsev, representative of the...

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Ukraine: Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate remains one of the largest religious organizations

One-third of all clergymen, two-thirds of all Orthodox parishes, three-fourths of the students of spiritual education establishments belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Culture Ministry said in its report. Over 10,200 clergymen and over 12,600 communities belong to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. The number of the latter is twice as high as the total number of communities of all Orthodox religious organizations (Old...

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Serbien/Kroatien: Press Release of the Inter-Church Commission

The fifth meeting of the Inter-Church Commission of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Croatian Bishops’ Conference was held at the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, Montenegro, on Wednesday the 7th  and on Thursday the 8th of June 2017, the task of  task was to jointly consider the role of Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac before, during and after the Second World war.

The theme of the meeting was "The Archbishop and Cardinal Stepinac and Communist persecution from...

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Albanien: Papst besetzt drei von sechs albanischen Bischofsposten neu

Verjüngungskur für die katholische Kirche in Albanien: Papst Franziskus hat am 15. Juni 2017 drei der sechs albanischen Diözesen neu besetzt. In Rreshen wird der 78-jährige italienischstämmige Bischof Cristoforo Palmieri von dem Einheimischen Gjergj Meta (41) abgelöst, Bischof Hil Kabashi (76) gibt die Leitung der Apostolischen Administratur für Südalbanien an den Süditaliener Giovanni Peragine (51) ab. Simon Kulli (44) wird Bischof von Sape; sein Vorgänger Lucjan Avgustini war im Mai 2016 im...

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Russland: Some 500,000 pilgrims bow to St. Nicholas remains as 3 km line forms outside the Moscow cathedral

Already half a million people have bowed to the relics of St. Nicholas in the two weeks since they were brought to the Russian capital. "To date, the number of pilgrims has reached half a million people. The line is on average three kilometers long," Patriarch Kirill's spokesman Alexander Volkov told Interfax-Religion. Among the pilgrims who came to venerate the saint these days was Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the statistics unveiled by the organizers of the bringing of the...

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Armenien: 6th Armenian Church Representative Assembly at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On June 6, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the 6th Armenian Church Representative Assembly commenced a four day meeting in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The meeting is being attended by Bishops of the Mother See and the Hierarchal Sees; Primates of the Dioceses of Armenia and Diaspora; Locum Tenens; Pontifical Delegations; members of the Supreme Spiritual Council; elected clergy and lay representatives from the Hierarchal...

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Ukraine: Memory of the Vistula Operation should lead to Polish-Ukrainian mutual understanding

On the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the Vistula Operation Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk) has issued a message in which he urged to remember the innocent victims of the forced deportation and denounce the evils perpetrated against the Church. It was reported by Information Department of the UGCC. As stated in the document, the purpose of the Vistula Operation was forced resettlement of the Ukrainians who were prohibited to return independently to their homeland. The decision to...

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Polen: Polnische Bischofskonferenz zur „Christlichen Gestalt des Patriotismus“

Die katholischen Bischöfe haben einen gesunden, auf Solidarität beruhenden Patriotismus angemahnt. Dieser stehe in Kontrast zu einem egoistischen Nationalismus, der auf Fremdenhass und Überhöhung des eigenen Volkes beruhe, wie das Dokument der Polnischen Bischofskonferenz „Die christliche Gestalt des Patriotismus“ vom 27. April 2017 festhält. Mit ihrem Schreiben reagierten die Bischöfe auf einen offenen Brief, den „Katholiken gegen den Nationalismus“ im April 2016 an Erzbischof Stanisław...

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