Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk will visit USA to take part in celebrations on the occasion of 200th anniversary of Fort Ross

On 23–28 August 2012, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and at the invitation of Metropolitan Hilarion of New York and Eastern America, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, will visit the United States of America to take part in the celebrations on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ross, the first symbol of Russian presence in America.

Ethiopian church patriarch Abune Paulos dies

Ethiopian church patriarch Abune Paulos dies

The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Paulos, has died aged 76, the government has announced.

The foreign ministry said he had been receiving treatment over the past week for an undisclosed illness.The patriarch's office is due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to finalise arrangements for what is expected to be a state funeral.

Abune Paulos led Ethiopia's 40 million Orthodox Christians - half the population - since 1992.

Early Christian Church Discovered in Kakhetia, Georgia

Early Christian Church Discovered in Kakhetia, Georgia

Archaeologists have discovered a church that was built in Kakheti in the 5th century and destroyed in the 14th century. This is a conclusion made by the experts who have recently announced the news about the unique discovery. Specialists of the National Agency of Cultural Heritage Protection have arrived to the valley of the river Duruji, territory of Dolochopi, where an early Christian-era church was found, reports Blagovest-info portal with the reference to internet.ge.

Nicaean Church of Hagia Sophia began functioning as a mosque

Nicaean Church of Hagia Sophia began functioning as a mosque

Historic Church of St. Sophia in Nicaea (modern Iznik, Turkey), where in 787, held the Seventh Ecumenical Council, began to function as a mosque, to which has already been assigned aMufti. This is reported by "Romfea."

Hagia Sophia in Nicaea was first converted into a mosque in 1331, after the conquest of Asia Minor in the Byzantine Empire, by the Ottoman Turks. It remained a mosque until the arrival of the troops in the region of the Greek army during the campaign that they made in Asia Minor after the First World War.

President Putin thanks Israeli authorities for assistance in restoring historical rights of Russia for St. Sergius Metochion

President Putin thanks Israeli authorities for assistance in restoring historical rights of Russia for St. Sergius Metochion

In the course of his visit to the Middle East, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the shrines and places of interest in the Holy Land. During the night of June 26, he visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and in the morning – the ancient Church of the Nativity of Christ in Bethlehem located atop the cave in which the Saviour was born.

On 25 June 2012, during his talk with the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Putin spoke of humanitarian cooperation between the two states. After the talks, he told the journalists that he appreciates the assistance of Israel in restoring historical rights of the Russian state to the St. Sergius Metochion, press office of the Russian President reports.