Russland: Discussion on the role of theology in education and upbringing

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, rector of the Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies and head of the department of theology at the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhi), presided over a panel discussion on the role of theology in education and upbringing of a contemporary person. The discussion was...

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Russland: Blogger wegen „Pokémon Go“-Spielens in Kirche verurteilt

In Jekaterinburg ist der Blogger Ruslan Sokolovskij wegen des Schürens von Hass und der Verletzung der Gefühle von Gläubigen zu einer bedingten Haftstrafe von dreieinhalb Jahren verurteilt worden. Der 23-Jährige war im September verhaftet worden, nachdem er ein Video auf Youtube gestellt hatte, das ihn beim Jagen von Pokémons in einer der größten Kirchen Jekaterinburgs zeigt. Die Spiel-App, in...

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Russland: Almost three-fourths of Russians would like to bow to relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker brought to Moscow

Eighty-one percent of Russians know that the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker have been brought from Italy to Russia and 18% have not heard of this," the Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) said. Seventy-two percent of respondents said they would like to visit and kiss the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker, most of them are women (81%), people aged over 60 (82%) and Orthodox...

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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...

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Russland: Russische Orthodoxe Kirche gegen lateinische Schrift in Kasachstan

Die Russische Orthodoxe Kirche hat sich gegen die Umstellung vom kyrillischen auf das lateinische Alphabet in Kasachstan ausgesprochen. Dieser Schritt werde für Millionen Russen in dem zentralasiatischen Land und viele Kasachen „sehr schmerzhaft“ sein, sagte der Leiter des Kirchlichen Außenamts des Moskauer Patriarchats, Metropolit Ilarion (Alfejev). Staatspräsident Nursultan Nasarbajew hatte im...

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Russland: Thousands of believers met St. Nicholas relics in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia solemnly met at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker first time in history delivered from Italy to Russia.
Hundreds clerics made a living corridor outside the church and the patriarch went through it to the bus, which brought the relics from the Vnukovo Airport. Then the shrine was taken inside. Four bishops...

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Russland: Kirchliche Reaktionen auf das Verbot der Zeugen Jehovas

Die Zeugen Jehovas haben angekündigt, gegen das Urteil des Obersten Gerichts zu ihrer Einstufung als „extremistische Organisation“ in Berufung zu gehen. Am 20. April hatte das Oberste Gericht Russlands einen Antrag des Justizministeriums gebilligt, die Zeugen Jehovas als „extremistische Gruppe“ einzustufen, die die öffentliche Ordnung bedrohe und Familien zerstöre. Russlands Kirchen reagierten...

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Russland: Patriarch Kirill consecrates Cathedral of the Resurrection in Bishkek

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the Cathedral of the Resurrection in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan capital city of Bishkek and celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the newly consecrated church. Before the service the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church was met at the cathedral door by Bishop Daniel of Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan, the Director of the Kyrgyz State...

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Russland: Patriarch Kirill meets with Italian delegation accompanying the relics of St. Nicholas

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Catholic Archbishop of Bari, Mons. Francesco Cacucci, and the Italian delegation who brought the shrine with a part of the honourable relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, from Bari to Moscow. The meeting took place at the Supreme Church Council Hall at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour...

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