The Turkish government said it would return hundreds of properties that were confiscated from religious minorities by the state or other parties over the years since 1936, and would pay compensation for properties that were seized and later sold.
Archbishop Zosima of Vladikavkaz and Makhachkala performed the first mass baptism ceremony in Chechen history in the river Terek of Naursky dirstrict.
35 five citizens of Naursky and Shelkovsky districts were converted to Orthodoxy, press service of Chechen leader reports Friday.
"Keep your Orthodox faith, live in peace with each other, avoid evil, make your families and grow your children," Father Zosima wished to the young Christians.
The historic church of St. George located in Libya, in Tripoli, dating back to 1647 was ransacked. The church is the oldest Orthodox church in North Africa.
First time in history of Russian Navy a sailor becomes rector of a church opened at the Baltic Fleet29. August 2011 - 12:03
An Orthodox church of St. Feodor Ushakov was opened in the rocket ships brigade on the Baltic Fleet where a sailor of involuntary service has become a rector, the Navy press service said.
Rector of St. George Navy Cathedral of the Baltic Fleet Hegumen Sofrony (Kolosov) opened the new Orthodox church. He introduced the rector of the new church, who was a priest in the Penza Region before conscription, to the parish.
On the first day of the Dormition Fast, on Sunday, 14th August 2011, in Iraqi town of Kirkuk a bomb was thrown on the Orthodox church of St. Ephraim. The church is located few hundred meters from Chaldean Cathedral Church in the downtown. The bomb exploded after midnight, so there were no victims of this crime. However, this Orthodox holy place is heavily damaged.