President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday signed a decree on the recreation of the New Jerusalem Monastery. The government was instructed to subsidise the monastery restoration fund from the federal budget starting in 2009.
Diplomats and hierarchs from Orthodox countries attended the Feast of Orthodoxy at the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on Sunday. The feast is celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine Rite to commemorate the return of icons to the churches.
The way of celebrating March 8 proves the ideal of Orthodox woman is revived in Russia, a priest believes10. March 2009 - 8:35
Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin approves of congratulating women on the Women's Day on March 8, but urges not to break the fast for this day. "This year the secular Women's Day coincides with church Feast of Orthodoxy, the first festival day during the Lent. An Orthodox Christian can express his kind attitude to all sisters in Christ, to women in his family, in his staff and so on," the priest has told Interfax-Religion on Friday.
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Official statement by President Shimon Peres in response to Pope Benedict XVI's acceptance of the President's invitation to visit the Holy Land -
(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)
President Shimon Peres reacted to Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he has accepted President Peres's invitation to come visit the Holy Land: