OLDEST CHRISTIAN CHURCHES IN RUSSIA MAY BE LOST FOREVER

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Every year hundreds of tourists visit the canyon of the Bolshoy Zelenchuk River in order to admire the magnificent tenth century Christian temples built on the site of the ancient settlement of Nizhny Arkhyz. Most scientists identify this ancient settlement with Maghas, or Maas – the capital of the large kingdom of Alania which existed in the Middle Ages. The city grew and prospered because strategic routes of the Silk Road passed through it. Alania flourished the most … [Read more...]

Christians in Russia Under Attack From Putin’s Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches

Source: The Christian Post BY BRANDON SHOWALTER , CP CONTRIBUTOR Russia's so-called "anti-extremism" law that restricts evangelism and missionary activities went into effect on Wednesday, and religious freedom advocacy groups say they are starting to assess the impact it will have on Christians in the country. "For Christian advocates inside the country, there are challenges and risks," the American Center for Law and Justice's Gene Kapp said in a statement to The Christian Post on … [Read more...]

Historic Orthodox Council Meets Despite Absence of Four Churches

Source: AMERICA - The National Catholic Review Paul L. Gavrilyuk Russia's influence seen behind the scenes During the week of June 19, the leaders of the self-governing Orthodox churches worldwide gathered in council on the island of Crete. As the first global Council of the Orthodox Church in more than 1,000 years, this historic event promised to usher in a new era of conciliarity. I had a rare privilege of serving as an external correspondent for the Press Office of the Patriarchate … [Read more...]

Orthodox Synod to Take Place Despite New Pullout, by Russia

Source: The National Herald By Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians on Wednesday said a historic meeting of church leaders — the first in more than a millennium — will take place despite a pullout by Russia, the fourth Orthodox church to say it won’t attend the June gathering in Crete. Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who ranks as “the first among equals,” said he hopes the Russian church and three others who … [Read more...]

Russia and the Vatican: Why the Holy See Seeks Cooperation With Moscow

Source: Sputnik Moscow and the Holy See are working together on the issue of moral values and persecuted Christians. This cooperation is beneficial for both parties, from a diplomatic and political viewpoint, the French newspaper Le Figaro wrote. According to Le Figaro, since the end of the Cold War, the Vatican has always been willing to hold a dialogue with Moscow. "Russia has become one of the centers of a new polycentric world order, an empire in the process of establishment, which … [Read more...]

Serbian Church Urges Montenegro NATO Referendum

Source: Balkan Insight The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro has urged the authorities to organize a referendum on NATO membership after Russian clerics and political leaders voiced their opposition. by Dusica Tomovic - BIRN - Podgorica The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro said that it was its "pastoral and civic" duty to ask for a referendum on NATO membership – a call which echoed demands made by Russian politicians and clerics after the Western military alliance invited … [Read more...]

Saving Russian Religious Music Tradition

Source: Voice of America Many religions use music to help communicate their message. What you are listening to now is a choral workperformed in the Russian Orthodox Church. This kind of singing is different from the music of other religious traditions. And it is this kind of singing that a U.S.-based choir hopes to keep alive. The choir is part of the Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute. The group recently went to Russia for training in what is known as theSlavonic tradition … [Read more...]

Why Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra have been exhumed

Source: The Week Romanov royal couple and their five children were brutally murdered by Bolsheviks in 1918 The remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra have been exhumed as part of a Russian investigation into the Romanov royal family's murder. The couple and their children –  Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei – were murdered by Bolsheviks in 1918. Nicholas II, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana and Anastasia are buried at Peter and Paul Cathedral in St Petersburg after their … [Read more...]

Soviet art vandalized, Hermitage museum chief calls for more protection

Source: United Press International Soviet art vandalized, Hermitage museum chief calls for more protection ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Mikhail Piotrovsky, the head of Russia's State Hermitage Museum, denounced the destruction of a renowned Soviet artist's sculptures by militant Orthodox activists. In an open letter published on the museum's web site Monday, he called for legislation to protect cultural institutions from such attacks. Piotrovksy proposed that Russia's museums … [Read more...]

Vladimir hails Vladimir: Putin fetes Orthodox Saint, Russia’s religous founder

Source: Times Live Vladimir hails Vladimir: Putin fetes Orthodox Saint, Russia's religous founder Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages. "By stopping strife, crushing internal enemies, Prince Vladimir initiated the formation of a united Russian nation, in fact paving the way for the construction of a strong, centralised Russian state," Putin … [Read more...]