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Source: Christianity Daily The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is hosting an international summit on religious persecution in Moscow in collaboration with the Russian Orthodox Church. The summit, called ‘The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians,’ will be taking place from October 28-30, 2016. Franklin Graham announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning that ‘The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians’ is called in view of rapidly increasing persecution of Christians around the world in recent years, as also documented by last year’s study on persecution by Open Doors, which found that 2015 was the worst year of Christian persecution.…

Source: Balkan Insight Bulgaria’s staunchly pro-Russian Patriarch has received an award in Moscow along with the Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and the head of the Russian Duma Sergey Naryshkin. by Mariya Cheresheva  |  BIRN  |  Bulgaria The head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Neophyte, received the 2015 annual award of the International Foundation for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples in Moscow on Wednesday. The Patriarch was awarded for “his contribution to the unity of Orthodox peoples and the promotion of Christian moral values in society”, along with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and the president of the Russian Duma, Sergey…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Vladimir Grigorenko was the iconographer of St. Seraphim’s Orthodox cathedral in Dallas and a close friend of Archbishop Dmitri’s. He was present both at his funeral and the five days until his burial, and at his exhumation and reinterment on Friday. * * * Yesterday we put Archbishop Dmitri in his final resting place in St. Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas. I was blessed to be a part of a team, which uncovered Vladika’s earthly remains and transferred them into new coffin to be buried in the crypt of the Resurrection Chapel and probably should offer some comments about…

Source: Orthodox Academy of Crete OCL: The Council meets in God’s Space, Place and Time.  The Holy Spirit is present everywhere and fills all Creation.  What an awesome experience for the hierarchs who will assemble in this holy place.  Our prayers are that they will work in synergy with the Holy Spirit.  Together, we shall overcome! CLICK HERE to visit the website of the Orthodox Academy of Crete and learn more about this Orthodox Center.

Source: The American Conservative By ROD DREHER Above is an image taken today of the incorrupt body of Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas. He died in the summer of 2011, and was buried unembalmed, according to Orthodox tradition. On Friday his body was disinterred for transferral to his new tomb in St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, which was his own. When the cemetery personnel opened his coffin, they found Vladyka Dmitri incorrupt. That is to say, his body had not decayed. He has been buried for four and a half years under the Texas ground, and his body looks like…

Source: Associated Press by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV MAALOULA, Syria (AP) — Its historic churches pillaged by jihadis and buildings riddled with shrapnel, this ancient Christian town north of Damascus still bears the scars of the fierce fighting that devastated it two years ago. Residents vividly recall the shock they felt when they returned to their town after it was recaptured by the Syrian army from the Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s branch in Syria, and other militants in 2014. “We were horrified by what we saw: Everything was ruined, burned and plundered,” said Rayan Wehbi of the once-scenic hamlet that was seized by the…

Source: The Guardian Viktor Krasnov being prosecuted under a controversial law after being accused of ‘offending the sentiments of Orthodox believers’ A man in southern Russia faces a potential jail sentence after he was charged with insulting the feelings of religious believers over an internet exchange in which he wrote that “there is no God”. Viktor Krasnov, 38, who appeared in court Wednesday, is being prosecuted under a controversial 2013 law that was introduced after punk art group Pussy Riots was jailed for a performance in Moscow’s main cathedral, his lawyer Andrei Sabinin told AFP. The charges – which carry…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru According to acting director of the Department for Inte-rethnic and Inter-denominational Relations and Work with the Public Associations of the Sakhalin region Vitaly Zagorodny, in the neare future two islands of the Kuril chain in Russia’s Sakhalin region will be named in honor of two holy hierarchs, reports the Prikhody (“Parishes”) website with reference to the Oblastnaya Gazeta (“Regional Newspaper”) of Irkutsk. “St. Innocent (Veniaminov) first stepped on our land in August 1861, when his ‘Gaidamak’ clipper on which he was sailing from Nikolayevsk to Kamchatka was cast ashore,” V. Zagorodny related. “Several years ago we began to run…

Source: OrthodoxOutpost.com by ANDREW ESTOCIN Imagine that you have been invited to class with an amazing teacher only to find that the teacher chooses to instruct students in a language that none of them understand. This is the experience of many people in the Orthodox Church. Every Sunday people encounter the Divine Liturgy but far too many fail to understand it, because the Church chooses to worship in a language that is not spoken by its members. This is true of many Churches today including The Greek Orthodox Church and The Russian Orthodox Church. How many people enter the front…

Source: Pravmir Moscow, February 24, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is expected to visit Mount Athos, in May 2016, on the occasion of festivities marking the 1000th anniversary of Russia’s presence on the Holy Mountain. “Mount Athos is expected to be in May. The dates have not yet been set,” chief of press service of patriarch Priest Alexander Volkov, said at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. His statement implied that the patriarch’s trips to Mount Athos and to Crete, the venue of a Pan-Orthodox Council meeting, will not coincide. It was reported earlier that…

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