Russian Church against defining holodomor as genocide, but urges to denounce Bolshevik actions that caused it29. November 2008 - 13:56
The Moscow Patriarchate believes actions of Bolsheviks that caused mass famine of the 1930s should be decisively assessed, but urges to renounce attempts to consider the tragedy genocide. "The theme of mass holodomor of the 1930s gives grounds for thinking both in Ukraine and in Russia. Kiev should understand that this tragedy didn't affect only Ukrainian people, and Moscow should decisively condemn Bolshevik actions that resulted in mass famine," Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion on Thursday.
Over 200 people, from various
jurisdictions, gathered together on Sunday November 16, 2008 in Minneapolis for the annual IOCC Benefit Dinner. His Grace Bishop Irinej of the
Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand was the featured speaker and shared his personal experiences about
working with IOCC in various locales around the world in offering people a
"hand up" from their often dire circumstances. His Grace is on a speaking tour
of the United States on behalf of IOCC and his diocese has provided half of the $100,000
matching grant for IOCC's work in Kosovo and Metohija. Before his ordination,
the Bishop was an IOCC staff member, and while a priest served on the IOCC
International Orthodox Christian
Charities (IOCC), which since 1993 has provided more than $75 million in
emergency relief and development programs to the former Yugoslavia, is currently hosting a special speaking tour featuring his
Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New
Zealand. Bishop Irinej is rallying American Orthodox faithful on
behalf of families living in the isolated enclaves of Kosovo and Metohija. "I'm letting
people know the daily reality for children in Kosovo is to go to school under
armed escort," said the Serbian bishop who is originally from Ohio and
was once an IOCC employee. "We must be that ray of hope for those children even
in the simplest provision of school books and school kits," he said.
Preparations for a possible meeting between Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II and Pope of Rome Benedict XVI have not begun, told head of the Secretariat for Christian Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Priest Igor Vyzhanov.
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressed the leaders of the world's Orthodox churches on Friday, October 10, 2008, for the official opening of the Synaxis of the Heads of the Orthodox Churches and Pauline Symposium. The three-day meeting is being held at the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint George in Istanbul, Turkey. The church leaders will later travel to sites visited by Saint Paul in Turkey and Greece later this week.