Russland: 33% of school children in St. Petersburg study Basics of Orthodoxy

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...

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Russland: Keine Wiedervereinigung von Altgläubigen und ROK in Sicht

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...

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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...

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Russland: Russia puts Jehovah's Witnesses on prohibited organization list

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...

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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...

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Russland: Church leaders finish round-table discussion on monastery life in cities

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...

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Russland: Patriarch Kirill meets with a delegation of the Roman Catholic Church

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...

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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...

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