Russland: Interreligious Council responds to All-Ukrainian Council

The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Associations sent an appeal to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill as Honorary Chairman of the Interreligious Council of Russia, calling upon him to facilitate the release of the Ukrainian sailors detained on 25th November 2018, as well as the release of "hostages and captives in eastern Ukraine." The Interreligious Council of Russia took a decision...

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Russland: Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies' 10th anniversary

On 6 April 2019, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, rector of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow Church of Beheading of St. John the Baptist in-the-Woods. This church is a part of the Patriarchal Metochion of Chernigov...

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Serbien: Gazprom finanziert Mosaike in Belgrader Sveti Sava-Kathedrale

Der russische Energiekonzern Gazprom will die Innenausstattung der Sveti Sava-Kathedrale in Belgrad weiter finanziell unterstützen. Dazu hat das staatliche Unternehmen mit der Serbischen Orthodoxen Kirche (SOK) am 23. März ein Abkommen über 6 Mio. Euro unterzeichnet. In erster Linie soll mit dem Geld die Ausstattung des Kircheninneren – insbesondere Mosaike für den Altar – finanziert werden...

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Russland: Kirill meets with a group of pilgrims from the Roman Catholic Church

On 3rd May 2019, Friday of the Bright Week, after the Divine Liturgy His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with a group of pilgrims from the Roman Catholic Church led by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome. The meeting took place in the Patriarchal Chambers of the Lavra of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius. The group also includes six hierarchs and 75 priests...

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Russland: Nearly 40 years of conservation work on 16th-century frescoes completed

Preservation work on ancient and unique frescoes in the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos at the former Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery in Ferapontovo, Vologda Province, has been completed, ensuing that the spiritual treasures will be enjoyed for generations to come. The frescoes, dating to 1502, are the only ensemble of the great Russian master Dionysius the Wise (c. 1440-1502) that...

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Russland: Frescoes from St. Theophanes the Greek being re-assembled

2,300 trays with hundreds of thousands of broken fragments of wall paintings from the Church of the Transfiguration on Ilyin in Veliky Novgorod are currently being stored in the Novgorod Museum. And now researchers are planning to restore the frescoes. “It’s an unthinkable number—almost 260,000 fragments. And all of it is Theophanes the Greek!” the head of the Center for the Restoration of...

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Russland: Debatte um Übergabe des Andronikov-Klosters an ROK

Die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche (ROK) bemüht sich um die Übergabe des historischen Andronikov-Klosters in Moskau, in dem sich heute das Museum für altrussische Kultur und Kunst befindet. Patriarch Kirill hat sich mit einer entsprechenden Bitte an Rosimuschestvo, die föderale Behörde für die Verwaltung staatlichen Eigentums, gewandt. Die Leitung des Museums, das nach dem berühmten Ikonenmaler...

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Russland: Conference on strengthening relationships between Russia and Belarus

On 22 March 2019, a round table conference on Church, Power, People: New Challenges to Brotherly Peoples and to Global World took place at the President Hotel in Moscow. The meeting was organized under the auspices of the Civic Chamber of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. The conference brought together various scholars, writers and cultural figures from both countries. Taking part in the...

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