Estland: Papst gibt sich bei Jugendtreffen kritisch

Bei einem ökumenischen Jugendtreffen in Estland hat Papst Franziskus heikle Themen angesprochen und ein institutionelles Versagen der Kirche eingeräumt. In den Augen vieler Jugendlicher hätten Kirchenvertreter ihre Glaubwürdigkeit verloren. Zudem lösten Missbrauchs- und Finanzskandale, die nicht klar verurteilt würden, Empörung aus, sagte Franziskus in der lutherischen Karlskirche in Tallinn.

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Estland: City of Tallinn donates $215'000 for restoration of Orthodox Church

Tallinn authorities have allocated 180'000 euros ($215'500) towards the restoration of the Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Kazan Church) in the Estonian capital city, the mayor’s press service reported yesterday, according to RIA-Novosti. The agreement on the allocation of funds was signed by parish rector Victor Melnik and Tallinn City Council Chairman Mikhail Kilvart. According to the...

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Estland: Council of Churches calls for traditional definition of marriage

The actively-participating churches of the Estonian Council of Churches (ECC) has adopted a resolution on the necessity of introducing a definition of marriage into the constitution as the union of a man and a woman, reports Blagovest-Info. The ECC decided at a local session that it considers it necessary to introduce into the national constitution a definition of marriage as the union of one man...

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Estland: Faithful process 20 miles with wonderworking icon

A pious, 200-year tradition was continued on Sunday in Estonia when scores of faithful pilgrims gathered to process in honor of the Most Holy Theotokos on before feast of her holy Dormition.The procession moves from the St. Elias Skete of Pukhtitsa Monastery in Vasknarva to Pukhtitsa Monastery itself, covering a distance of 20.5 miles, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists, with reference to...

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Estland: The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church is again a worldwide church

The XXX General Synod of the EELC decided at its meeting on November 29, 2017 to accept congregations that used to belong to the EELC Diocese Abroad (as of July 16, 2017) into the EELC as diaspora congregations. The General Synod of the EELC also decided to form a EELC North-American diaspora deanery to replace North-American deanery. „Due to the global reunification, the boundaries of the...

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Estland: 100 Jahre Estnische Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche

Am 26. und 27. Mai 2017 hat in Tartu/Dorpat der Jubiläumskongress der Estnischen Evangelisch-Lutherischen Kirche (EELK) stattgefunden. Mit dieser Veranstaltung unter dem Motto „Zur Freiheit hat uns Christus befreit“ erinnert die EELK an den ersten estnischen Kirchenkongress, der am 31. Mai/1. Juni 1917 ebenfalls in Tartu stattfand und die Weichen für die Gründung einer freien Nationalkirche in...

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Estland: Archbishop Yevgeny elected Primate of the Estonian Orthodox Church

On 29 May 2018, the Synod of the Estonian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate held an extraordinary session at the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in Tallinn with the view of electing the Primate of the Estonian Church. As the result of the secret vote, Archbishop Yevgeny of Vereya, vicar of His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, chairman of the Education Committee of the...

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Estland: Government compensates Ecumenical Patriarchate for war damages

The Estonian government decided on 28. December 2017 to allocate 8.2 million euros ($9'828'110) to churches operating in Estonia as compensation for damages received during the course of the war and occupations of the previous century. Among them, the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople (EAOC) will receive 1.4 million euros ($1'677'970), reports...

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