On January 30, 2009, during the celebration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, Ss. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom-the patrons of the St. Vladimir's Seminary campus chapel-two seminarians were ordained and two more received distinctive scholarship awards. Additionally, Protodeacon Kirill Sokolov, Associate Chancellor for Systems at the seminary, was elevated to the rank of Archdeacon by Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), and now serves as the archdeacon to His Beatitude in addition to his duties at the seminary.
Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk temporarily appointed as chief of Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations17. February 2009 - 8:24
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has ordered Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk to temporarily perform the duties of the head of the Moscow Patriarchate Departmet for External Church Relations. The Patriarch announced the decision at a meeting on Wednesday with the staff of the Department, which he had led for almost 20 years prior to being elected as the Patriarch.
Russian Church expects preparatory work for All-Orthodox Council to be resumed under Patriarch Kirill17. February 2009 - 8:22
The Russian Orthodox Church believes that preparations for the All-Orthodox Council will be more active in the nearest future. "We expect that preparatory process for the great and holy All-Orthodox Council of the Eastern Church will be revived," Inter-Orthodox Secretary of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Nikolay Balashov said on Friday at a telebridge between Moscow and Paris.
On Sunday night Orthodox Church was burnt in the village of Yasnoye, the Tymovo District, the Sakhalin Region. "Local residents, who live near the church, saw the church on fire at two a.m." Parochial Rector Fr. Konstantin told Interfax.
Vice Speaker of the Federation Council Alexander Torshin supported the idea of establishing the Public Council on Morality at the television and backed up the federal religious TV channel. "It should be done because our opponents have tactical superiority at the screen," he said on Sunday at the opening ceremony of the 17th Christmas readings in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.