Orthodox Churches Object to National Identity Cards

First of all, let's dispense with the pejoratives: Conservative and nationalist wings within the churches have held demonstrations in Athens and Moscow and claim that the cards will compromise national and religious identity. Many have gone so far as to say that identity numbers such as 666 are the "mark of the beast" from the Book of Revelation, the final book of the New … [Read more...]

Pat Kirill: Paschal Message 2011

Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church Beloved in the Lord archpastors, all-honourable presbyters and deacons, God-loving monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters! From my heart filled with gratitude towards God, I proclaim to all of you the great and saving news: CHRIST IS RISEN! With each year the Church testifies through this Paschal … [Read more...]

Pat. Kirill’s Book to be Published in English

Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church | HT: Byzantine, TX (mospat.ru) - On 11 April 2011, the English edition of the book “Freedom and Responsibility. A Search for Harmony – Human Rights and Personal Dignity” written by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will be presented at the London Book Fair. This is the first book by the … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church raises fears over pro-gay Protestant Churches

Virtue Online Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has told the head of the World Council of Churches of his concerns over the position of some Protestant Churches towards homosexuality. WCC General Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit met the Patriarch in Moscow today as part of his first visit to the Russian Orthodox Church since taking up office last September. According to the WCC, … [Read more...]

Russian bells ring in Egypt

Russian bells ring in Egyptian Monasteries The peal of Russian bells will shortly spread in the neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill presented a group of bells to an ancient Greek, which were especially cast for this purpose by the smiths of the old Russian city of Voronezh. “Let the sounds of these bells remind people about our … [Read more...]

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