Ungarn: Reformationsgedenkjahr in Ungarn im Geist des Ökumenismus

Auch die ungarischen protestantischen Christen gedenken mit zahlreichen Veranstaltungen des Beginns der Reformation vor 500 Jahren. Wie Ministerial-Kommissar Károly Hafenscher, zuständig für die staatliche Unterstützung der landesweiten Jubiläumsfeier, der ungarischen Internetplattform "Origo" mitteilte, geht es dabei nicht darum, die Gegensätze zu den Katholiken herauszustellen, sondern...

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Russland: Interview with Metropolitan Hilarion

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his church ministry on August 19. In his interview to RIA Novosti news agency, Metropolitan Hilarion told about “great and minor” miracles in his life, about the effect on him over the years of his service abroad of “the atmosphere in the...

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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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Ukraine: The US Department of State report on the religious situation in Ukraine in 2016

The US Department of State released the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. “This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right”, said Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson during the press conference. The...

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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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Georgien: Relics of Queen Ketevan will be in Georgia for six months

The relics of Georgia’s saint, Queen Ketevan, will be in Georgia for a half-year according to an agreement reached after long negotiations between representatives from Georgia and India. Georgia is hosting exhibitions and international conferences dedicated to the holy martyr Queen Ketevan, reports Georgia Online. The Ministry of Culture and Preservation of Monuments and the Ministry of Foreign...

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Rumänien: Ecumenical Patriarch - ‘We are proud of the Romanian Church’

"We follow from the Phanar, from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Great and varied activity of the Holy Church of Romania", His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said in an exclusive Trinitas TV interview, adding that "we are proud of our once a daughter, and now the sister Church of Romania, to which I convey a special greeting from Budapest, on this historical day". At the end of last...

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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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Polen: Späte Reaktion der Kirche auf umstrittene Justizreform

Mit einiger Verspätung hat sich auch die katholische Kirche in Polen kritisch zur umstrittenen Justizreform der polnischen Regierungspartei Recht und Gerechtigkeit (PiS) geäußert. Der Vorsitzende der Polnischen Bischofskonferenz, Bischof Stanisław Gądecki von Poznań, dankte in einem offenen Brief Präsident Andrzej Duda für dessen Veto gegen zwei der umstrittenen Gesetzesvorlagen. In dem Brief...

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