Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk temporarily appointed as chief of Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations

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 Kirill

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.

Unidentified delinquents burnt down an Orthodox church in Sakhalin

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.

Creating of federal religious TV channel and guard Internet from immorality

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.

Russian Patriarch calls for powerful Orthodox youth movement

The new Patriarch of Moscow called for creating a powerful Orthodox youth movement in Russia which would have a grassroots group in "each of our educational institutions." "I would be happy if you and I could start a congress at Luzhniki [a stadium in Moscow] with 100,000 young people present. But we have to work very well for such a congress to become a reality," Patriarch Kirill said at a meeting in Moscow with Orthodox youth.