Lavrov: Ideas calling for revision of moral values are dangerous

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia is concerned about the intensification in some countries of activities by ultra-liberal activists who preach permissiveness and a revision of moral values, adding that such actions are destructive to modern society.

"Supporters of ultra-liberal ideas, who promote permissiveness and hedonism and demand a revision of moral values, which are common for all religions, have recently become very aggressive in some countries," Lavrov said at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

Lavrov reiterated that "such actions are destructive to society and are extremely bad for the education of the younger generation." "Children should be protected from information that harms their mental health and belittles their dignity," he said.

Reports of first church in Saudi Arabia are false

The Coptic Orthodox Church has issued a statement refuting reports that the Coptic Pope has met Saudi Arabian officials over the creation of the first church in the country.
There are an estimated 1.5 million Christians in the strictly Muslim country but they are not allowed to worship publicly.

The MidEast Christian News agency reported that a meeting had taken place between Pope Tawadros II and Saudi Ambassador Ahmed Kattan about the possibility of setting up a church.

WCC general secretary expresses concern over Ukraine

“The World Council of Churches (WCC) is deeply concerned by the current dangerous developments in Ukraine,” the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC said on Monday, 3 March.

“The situation puts many innocent lives in grave jeopardy. And like a bitter wind from the Cold War, it risks further undermining the international community’s capacity to act now or in the future on the many urgent issues that will require a collective and principled response,” he said.

“Out of concern for the lives and security of all people who are or might in the future be affected by the continuing failure to resolve this situation peacefully, I call urgently on all parties to refrain from violence, to commit to dialogue and diplomacy, and to avoid escalation by rash words or actions. The consequences of failing to do so will inevitably be much greater human suffering in Ukraine, and a deep rift in the social and political fabric of the region and in the wider international community,” Tveit said.

Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania

Inter-Orthodox Vespers on Sunday of Orthodoxy

This year, on the evening of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Orthodox Churches in Australia, are organizing an Inter-Orthodox Vespers Service, during which all Orthodox Christians in Sydney and District are given the opportunity to pray together and jointly declare their Orthodox Faith with a Procession of ICONS around the Church.

The John Templeton Foundation meets St. Tikhon Orthodox University

On January 29th, St. Tikhon Orthodox University opened its doors to a delegation  of the John Templeton Foundation, in order to discuss future cooperation between  the two institutions.

The John Templeton  Foundation was established in Philadelphia in 1987, by John Templeton, to serve  as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of  human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation encourages “civil, informed  dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians and between such  experts and the public at large, for the purposes of definitional clarity and  new insights”. From 1972, the Templeton Prize honors a living person “who has  made an exceptional contribution to affirming life`s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery,  or practical works”.