This year, the entire Christian world is celebrating Easter on the same day – April 20. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has congratulated Christians all over the world with this cheerful holiday.
Moscow’s first Buddhist temple will soon welcome believers – its construction in the northeastern Otradnoye district is scheduled to begin this year. The 3,000-square meters facility will also host cultural and medical centers, a conference room and a soup kitchen.
The Chelyabinsk meteor is full of mysteries. Scientists from Nizhny Novgorod have found natural magnesium-iron nanocrystals while studying the fragments of the meteor. This can give new information about the nature of nanomaterials and the conditions of their natural formation. Dmitry Pavlov, one of the scientists and the authors of the research, gave an interview to "The Voice of Russia".
Putin in speech on Ukraine makes clear Russia isn't on anyone's side, but opponent of anti-constitutional coups - expert
Persecutions of Christians by radical Islamists in Syria have acquired new forms. In the city of Ar-Raqqah in Syria’s north, members of the group "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" have stated that they would "grant their protection" to Christians only if the latter regularly pay render to Islamists and perform fewer Christian church services. Russia’s authorities are qualifying this as violation of basic human rights.
'We deeply sympathize with ongoing events in fraternal Ukraine' - Patriarch Kirill, Russian Orthodox bishop
February 15th is one year since what came to be known as the Chelyabinsk meteorite exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. In Sochi, Olympic champions will be awarded medals with small fragments of the meteorite on February 15. The anniversary is also being marked in the Urals. The meteorite fragments were scattered for hundreds of kilometers around, with the biggest one diving into Lake Chebarkul and piercing the sludge.
The number of countries legalizing same-sex marriages has been growing by the year. The Scottish Parliament, too, has recently adopted a law to that end. Russian experts are wondering why the modern-day Europe has been so easily giving up its Christian roots and universal human values.
A new name has appeared in the registry of minor planets. Researchers at the Ussuriysky Astrophysics Observatory of the Far Eastern chapter of the Russian Academy of Scientists have discovered a new asteroid. The Russian scientists claim that they were lucky to have found such a discovery. The unique discovery was made possible thanks to the Hamilton system telescope, the most powerful in the Far East. That equipment was installed at the observatory last fall.
Russia has confirmed its intention to continue providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. The firm commitment to support the destitute Syrian people was declared in Moscow to primate of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, Patriarch John X. The head of one of the most ancient Patriarchates of the Orthodox world has spent almost a week in the Russian capital and met not only with spiritual leaders of Russia, but also with representatives of the political and social elite of the country.
On January 27 Russia will mark a memorable date - the 70th anniversary of the end of Leningrad siege, which lasted for nearly 900 days. The Road of Life marathon kicked off in St. Petersburg (formerly known as Leningrad) on January 26, and a historical reenactment of the events, entitled "On the Line of a Breakthrough", was held at the January Thunder Memorial Complex.
International violin superstar Vanessa Mae is set to ski for Thailand at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. True, Russian experts are sure that the violinist's participation in the Sochi Olympics is just a whim. As an athlete, she is not competitive but she can stir up the world public's interest in the Games, experts say.
The birth of heir to the British throne, - Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, became a most important event of 2013, which aroused a keen interest of both the UK residents and the rest of the world alike.
Timely police action has prevented a higher death toll from the railway station blast in Volgograd. Russia’s Investigative Committee has described the incident as an "act of terrorism" and is now looking into its details. A criminal case has been opened under two clauses of the Russian criminal code. Meanwhile, doctors are fighting for the lives of eight victims, who received the worst injuries, while over three dozen of casualties are being treated elsewhere. The death toll stands at 14 people.
One of the twelve most important holidays of the year is the Nativity of Christ celebrated on December 25 by all Christian communities, which live by the Gregorian and the revised Julian calendar. Together with the Catholics and Protestants the majority of the Orthodox Churches of the world celebrate the "Winter Easter" as this holiday is also known.
The standoff between Christianity and Islam in European countries is becoming more and more dangerous each year. According to some experts, today the European community is facing a harsh choice: if the islamization of Europe continues, one might soon have to say good-bye to Christianity in the countries of the Old World.
The ousting of Christians from the countries of the Middle East is a sore spot of the modern world. Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Syria are in the midst of a civil war – these are only some of the countries where Christian civilization is currently being destroyed. Experts contemplate the issue of who benefits from this and whether Christianity has a chance to survive in the Middle East.
Radical Islam, which today is growing in numbers all over the world, could ruin traditional Islam. The “Jihad for the purity of faith” proclaimed by the fanatics is trying to destroy not only the non-Muslim population of the planet, but even Muslims themselves. Radicalism has nothing in common with the Prophet Muhammad's religion and is founded on political ideology of people far from faith, experts are convinced.
The Christian civilization is in great danger. Today about 100 million followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ are being persecuted. People are suffering or sometimes even dying for their faith not only in the countries of the Middle East, Northern and Southern Africa but also in South East Asia – regions that are essentially non-Christian. The believers in Europe and America, i.e. residents of the states where the adoption of Christianity in the past determined their development and formation, increasingly often face anti-religious prosecution.
On December 11 the Russian tricolor flag marks the 20th anniversary from its restoration. Although the history of Russia's tricolor dates back to late XVII century, it is the last two years that made it not only a national symbol, but also the pride of the country.