Montenegro: 50,000+ signatures collected against scandalous religious law

The faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro are raising their voices against a draft law that threatens to seize property from the Church. Thousands attended a Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro, in mid-June to show their support for the rights of the persecuted canonical Serbian Church, in protest of the bill. The Church has...

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Ukraine: Filaret asks court to prohibit transfer of St. Michael's Monastery

The District administrative court received a petition from the Kyiv Patriarchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP) to secure a claim in which Kyiv Patriarchate of the UOC-KP requests the court to prohibit Kyiv City State Administration and Kyiv City Council (KMP) from transfer of real estate to other entities. In particular, the plaintiff asks the court to prohibit...

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Russland: UNESCO Adds Ancient Pskov Churches to World Heritage List

Seventeen unique buildings in the northwest Russian city of Pskov were among the latest cultural gems to join UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Pskov is one of Russia’s oldest cities, first mentioned in ancient annals of the 9th century. In the Middle Ages, it was the bustling, wealthy capital of the Pskov Republic, acting as a bridge between Russia and Europe. The buildings, located in...

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Russland: Synod issues statement in support of Serbian Church in Montenegro

Meeting at Valaam Monastery, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church issued a statement concerning the present persecution and legal threat against the Serbian Orthodox Church on the territory of Montenegro, reports Patriarchia.ru. In May, the Montenegrin Cabinet approved a draft law according to which, “All religious buildings that were property of the State of Montenegro before the loss...

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Ukraine: Januarius-Reliquie für ukrainische griechisch-katholische Kirche

Die Kirche von Neapel hat dem ukrainischen griechisch-katholischen Großerzbischof von Kiew und Halytsch (Galizien), Svjatoslav Schevtschuk, eine Reliquie des Heiligen Januarius (San Gennaro) übergeben. Der Erzbischof von Neapel, Kardinal Crescenzio Sepe, überreichte die Reliquie des Stadtpatrons im Erzbischöflichen Palais der süditalienischen Metropole an P. Andryj Soletskyj, einen Sekretär des...

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Russland: Church adds 9 parishes to foreign dioceses

Meeting at the Valaam Holy Transfiguration Monastery, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church made a number of decisions regarding its dioceses abroad. In particular, the hierarchs officially accepted 8 parishes from throughout the dioceses of the Church’s newly-established Southeast Asian Exarchate and one more in Europe into the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, reports...

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Russland: Ilarion warnt vor Vermischung von Ukraine-Krise und kirchlichem Konflikt

Eine Annäherung der verfeindeten Nachbarn Russland und Ukraine könnte über den persönlichen Kontakt ihrer Staatschefs, Präsident Vladimir Putin und Volodymyr Selenskij, gelingen – eine Vermischung der politischen Themen mit den ebenfalls ungelösten kirchlichen Streitfragen sei jedoch kontraproduktiv. Darauf hat der Leiter des Außenamts des Moskauer Patriarchats, Metropolit Ilarion (Alfejev), in...

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Ukraine: OCU issues statement on occasion of parliamentary elections

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine urges believers to take part in the vote in the elections to Verkhovna Rada on July 21 and make a responsible choice. This is said in a statement issued by the press service of the Kyiv Metropolis of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Ukraine. As its authors note, thanks to the support of patriotic, pro-Ukrainian forces it became possible to hold the Unification...

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Polen: First church of St. Luke of Crimea consecrated

St. Luke of Crimea, known as the “Blessed Surgeon,” is loved and venerated throughout the Orthodox world, and churches dedicated in his honor have been built in a number of Orthodox countries. On June 22, the Polish Orthodox Church joined them, consecrating its first church to the great 20th-century saint in the village of Łaźnie in northeastern Poland. The new church, picturesquely situated in...

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