Almost 300 thsd people venerated the Belt of the Mother of God in Moscow, over 2 millions of people - in Russia

About 285 thousands of people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin during its stay in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Headquarters for its stay in the capital told Interfax-Religion.

Tens of thousands of believers stand in the line to the church. Average time of waiting for access to the church is 24 hours. Not only Muscovites, but people from regions came to venerate the shrine.

691 buses with pilgrims have arrived at the cathedral for the time of the shrine's stay since November 19.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan.

The two discussed the matter of religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other issues of mutual interest regarding security and peace in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Russian Church stands for the state right to restrict activities of some religious communities and support others

Russian Church stands for the state right to restrict activities of some religious communities and support others

States have right to interfere in religious sphere for the sake of national security, support positive and restrict negative tendencies in religious sphere, the Moscow Patriarchate official believes.

"Today only the blind doesn't see that there are religious communities worthy of support and there are phenomena which are as dangerous as Nazism and Fascism, banned in many countries. And we should adequately respond to this reality," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a seminar in Moscow.

Crosses and bells of a newly-built church of St. Simeon the Myrrh-Streaming in New Belgrade blessed

Crosses and bells of a newly-built church of St. Simeon the Myrrh-Streaming in New Belgrade blessed

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will serve on Sunday, November 13, 2011 the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. Simeon the Myrrh-Streaming in New Belgrade beginning at 9 am. On this occasion His Holiness will bless bells and crosses which were given to this newly-built church of God by families Starcevic, Malbasic, Rebrenovic, Trifkovic and Petrovic.

Jeremic: Churches in Kosovo are, and will remain Serbian

 Jeremic: Churches in Kosovo are, and will remain Serbian

Vuk Jeremic stated on Tuesday that on Serbia′s election to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will strengthen its positions regarding the nation′s heritage.
The Serbian foreign minister stressed that it will help in efforts to prevent the attempts of renaming Serbian Orthodox Christian monasteries in Kosovo and refer to them as "Kosovar". “If they are not Serbian, than nothing is. This deals a blow to the very core of our national identity, but as of next year we will be in a much better position to protect our identity,” Jeremić said in a statement for Tanjug.