St. Vladimirs Seminary Press (SVS Press) the publishing arm of St. Vladimirs Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NYhas garnered a gold medal for its storybook, Saint George & the Dragon, written by Jim Forest and illustrated in iconographic style by Vladislav Andrejev. SVS Press & Bookstore Marketing Manager Dn. Gregory Hatrak was recently notified that the childrens book had received a 2012 Moonbeam Spirit Award.
Russia is helping reconstruct orthodox monasteries in Kosovo, ITAR-TASS reported.
Currently four orthodox monasteries in Kosovo are being restored. Moscow has allocated USD 2 million for the projects.
On 11 September 2012, the Interfaith Forum “Living together is the Future”, held in Sarajevo, completed its work. The Forum, organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio together with the Serbian Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vrhbosna-Sarajevo, and Islamic and Jewish Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, gathered several hundreds of representatives of various religions from all over the world.
Patriarch Kirill: I will pray to St. Nicholas Equal-to-the-Apostles asking him to help open a new page in relations between Russia and Japan24. September 2012 - 11:33
On September 18, 2012, before the conclusion of his primatial visit to Japan, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia answered questions from Russian and Japanese mass media.
Speaking about his meeting with Emperor Akihito of Japan, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said that during the meeting with the Japanese monarch, an exchange of opinions took place, especially about the role and importance of the work of St. Nicholas of Japan ‘who founded a Church which exists to this day and which certainly constitutes one of the bridges uniting the people of Japan with the people of Russia on the level of heartfelt relations’.
On September 16, 2012, the Japanese version of the book ‘Freedom and Responsibility: In a Search for Harmony. Human Rights and Dignity’ by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia was presented to the public.