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Tag: Orthodox Church
Russian Ice Bucket Challenge: Russians Celebrate Orthodox Epiphany
In the tradition of the Orthodox Church, January 19 is the date of Epiphany, the day when Jesus Christ was baptized in the River Jordan. To mark this day, hundreds of thousands of people across Russia plunged into freezing waters on Sunday night.
Russia Can Use Economic Downturn to Become Stronger: Russian Patriarch
The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said that a weakening Russian national currency gives Russia a chance to strengthen its economic power.
Ten Orthodox Churches Destroyed, 60 Damaged in Southeast Ukraine Conflict
During the military conflict in Ukraine 72 Orthodox churches were damaged, with ten of them completely destroyed.
Situation in Ukraine After Ceasefire Agreement
‘Eye of Sauron’ Installation Cancelled in Moscow
‘Eye of Sauron’ installation on the roof of one of the Moscow City skyscrapers has been canceled after criticism from the Russian Orthodox Church and city authorities.
Pope Francis Expresses His Will to Meet Head of Russian Orthodox Church
Pope Francis said he would meet the Russian Patriarch Kirill, however doubted both the Catholic and Orthodox Church would agree to end the 1,000-year division.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church Says Targeted by Smear Campaign
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate appears to have become the victim of a targeted media campaign, the chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary said Friday.
Russia Urges Ukrainian Clerics to Prevent Religious Conflict
Russia called on clerics from major Orthodox branches in Ukraine Wednesday to prevent a religious conflict from escalating in the country.
Turbulence in Ukraine
Russian Orthodox Church Head Prays for Olympic Success
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church visited Olympic venues in Sochi on Wednesday to meet with athletes and pray for the success of the Games.
Russia Must Staff Interior Troops With Priests – Patriarch
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church said Monday that priests should be assigned staff positions within the ranks of the Interior Ministry’s troops following the success of a similar move in the military.
230,000 Muscovites Celebrate Orthodox Christmas
About 230,000 believers attended overnight celebrations of Orthodox Christmas in the 326 churches and cathedrals in Russian capital, city police said Tuesday.
Orthodox Christian Belief Rises Among Russians – Poll
The proportion of Russians who consider themselves Orthodox Christians has risen four-fold in the past 24 years, according to a new survey.
Russia Urges Release of Abducted Orthodox Nuns in Syria
Russia’s Foreign Ministry and the Russian Orthodox Church have demanded the release of a group of nuns reportedly captured by Islamist rebels at an ancient convent in Syria.
Most Russians Support Sex Ed, Right to Abortion – Poll
Most Russians believe schools should offer sex education lessons, according to a new survey conducted by the independent Levada Center.
Tatarstan to Treat Church Torchings As Terrorism
Prosecutors in the Russian republic of Tatarstan said they seek a case on terrorism charges opened into burnings of Christian churches in the predominantly Muslim region.
Orthodox Churches to Meet on Unity in Ohio
Russian and other Orthodox Christians plan to meet Sunday in Ohio to discuss ideas for unifying the 12 Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, according to media reports and church announcements.
Jailed Punk Band Member Seeks Softer Sentence
A feminist punk band member jailed last year for her involvement in an anti-government performance in an Orthodox Christian cathedral in Moscow filed a motion Monday for her sentence to be softened.
Punk Group Pussy Riot Case
Parents in Siberian City Call for Ban on Psychics
A group of parents in Russia’s oil-rich Tyumen Region has called on local prosecutors to investigate two self-proclaimed psychics, known for participating in a popular TV show, who are planning to practice their supernatural skills in the region.
Russian Court Bans Christian Orthodox Icon ‘Parody’
A Russian regional court has banned an image based on a Christian Orthodox icon printed on t-shirts in support of the Pussy Riot punk band, the Prosecutor General’s Office said Monday.
Artist Wants His Confiscated Putin-in-Drag Portrait Back
The author of a police-confiscated portrait of Russia’s ruling tandem dressed in women’s underwear urged President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to order the return of the artwork – and also to “abolish censorship in art.”
Russian Lawmaker is Putin's Conservative Champion
She has the sober demeanor and tightly wound bun of a boarding school headmistress. And she is Russian President Vladimir Putin's new morality crusader, spearheading efforts to curb gay rights, punish online cursing and impose a tax on divorce.
Burning Desires: UK Police Failing Victims of Arson
Major Artillery Drills Begin in Russian Far East – Defense Ministry
Australia's Prime Minister Pledges 300 More Troops to Iraq
20 Killed, 13 Injured During Bus Crash in China
Russian Senate Takes Cost Cutting Measures, Agrees to 10% Less Pay
Flashback: Vietnam War 50 Years Later
To TTIP or Not to TTIP?
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