Russian Orthodox Church for law banning US adoptions

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Source: Asia News by Nina Achmatova Amid controversy and criticism from civil society groups and some government ministers, Putin signs into law controversial bill passed by parliament in retaliation against US Magnitsky Act. For Archpriest Chaplin, orphans raised by foreigners cannot go to heaven. Patriarch Kirill speaks about possible help to families. Moscow (AsiaNews) - Despite a wave of criticism from civil society groups and members of the Russian government, the Russian Orthodox … [Read more...]

Hollywood Russian Orthodox church’s altar artifacts stolen

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By Susan Abram, Staff Writer Detectives with the LAPD's Hollywood station are asking for the public's help in providing any information that will lead to the arrest of the suspect who burglarized the church at 5432 Fernwood Ave. on Dec. 22. "An unknown individual entered the Holy Transfiguration Russian Orthodox Church, gained access to the altar room and stole numerous religious artifacts," police said in a statement. A total of 37 items were taken, police said. Photographs of the missing … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip Receives the Chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Very Rev. Thomas Zain, Archbishop Justinian, Met. Hilarion, Met. Philip, Bishop Nicholas View Photo Gallery His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP received His Eminence, Metropolitan HILARION, the Chairman of the Department of External Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Accompanying Metropolitan HILARION was His Eminence, Archbishop JUSTINIAN, the Patriarchal Representative … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church seeks land in Delhi

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Source: India Talkies New Delhi, Oct 20: A year after it began to preach from the confines of the Russian embassy in the capital, the Russian Orthodox Church of Russia formally introduced itself to the capital’s Christian fold with a brief ceremony this weekend. The Church, which does not have space to conduct services in the country, has moved the government to acquire land in the capital to build a shrine. The demand was taken up by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Olegovich … [Read more...]

Russian lawmakers call for jail for “blasphemous acts”

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Source: Reuters By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers are calling for jail sentences for people guilty of offending religious feelings, in a move that could tighten the bonds between President Vladimir Putin and the resurgent Orthodox Church. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, adopted a declaration on Tuesday saying the killing of spiritual leaders, vandalism against church property and "blasphemous acts of hooliganism" posed a threat to Russia and must … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk Leads Celebrations Marking 200th Anniversary of Fort Ross

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Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations On August 25, 2012, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, led the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Fort Ross, the place of the first Russian settlement in California. The liturgy was celebrated in the open, next to the reconstructed Russian Church of the Holy … [Read more...]

Russian-Chinese Group Holds Consultations on Contacts and Cooperation in Religious Sphere

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Source: Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations On June 19, 2012, the second consultations were held by the Russian-Chinese group for contacts and cooperation in religious sphere at the PRC State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) in Beijing. The group was established in accordance with the memorandum of understanding on the development of Russian-Chinese contacts and cooperation in religious sphere concluded between the Russian Federation’s Presidential … [Read more...]

Vladimir Putin Sworn In For Third Term As Russia’s President

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Source: Associated Press/Huffington Post | Lynn Berry MOSCOW -- Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency. Putin, 59, has ruled Russia since 2000, first as president and then during the past four years as prime minister. The new, now six-year term will keep him in power until 2018, with the option of … [Read more...]

Journalists from China Visited the Trinity-Sergius Lavra

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Source: DECR Communications English translation by Katherine Ilachinski On March 16, 2012, a group of journalists accredited in Russia, the People's Republic of China media ("Xinhua" news agency, China Central Television, China Radio International, China's news agency, newspaper "People's Daily", "Guangming Daily", "Economic Daily", "Wen Wei Po") visited the Trinity-Sergius Lavra . The trip was organized by the Russian-Chinese Business Council and the Department for External Church … [Read more...]

Construction of Orthodox Center in Paris to begin in 2012

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Source: Interfax MOSCOW. Jan 3 (Interfax) - The construction of a Russian Orthodox culture and religious center in Paris will soon be started, Russian presidential property manager Vladimir Kozhin said. "A contract has already been signed with the company Bouygues, which will build the center. The work with the drawings is under way now. The construction itself will begin after the New Year's," Kozhin said in an interview with Interfax. A project presented by Manuel Yanovski's Society … [Read more...]