The celebrations marking the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus were over in the end of July. Among the witnesses to and participants in the celebrations was His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of New Justiniana and All Cyprus. His interview has been published by the prichod.ru portal.
The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing to give over 1.3 million US dollars to residents of Syrian cities, spokesman of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Ministry Vasily Rulinsky said.
In an interview with Izvestiya newspaper, Rulinsky said, "The Antioch Church's Department for External Church Relations and Development helps. Clothes, mattresses, foodstuff and hygienic essentials are being given to those in need. Thus, our assistance will be very important."
"At the end of June Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged believers to help those who fall victims of the armed conflict in Syria. Funds, which were collected by the Russian Orthodox Church eparchies, are being sent to the accounts of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Ministry. Then the funds will be handed over to Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, as well as to Supreme Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun of Syria.
The Orthodox Church of St Elias in Istanbul is under threat of demolition. The Church that was built in late 19th century and once attended by descendants of participants of the White movement who in 1920s fled Russia, together with two more Churches of the community are situated on the territory that the authorities are planning to hand over to the tourist business, reports Challenges.fr. The city administration long ago refused to put the church on the protected objects list.
From 30 May until 29 July 2013 an international procession with relics of Holy Prince Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles, devoted to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia went through territories of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus
The main goal of this solemn procession was to show timeless spiritual values of Orthodoxy, towards which Saint Vladimir led his people 1025 years ago. The procession visited Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Pyatigorsk, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Babruysk, Gomel, Mozyr, Minsk, Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Chernivtsi, Bochany monastery,Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, Uzhhorod, Sviatohirsk, Donetsk, Lugansk. Kharkov, Chernigov, Kiev. All hierarchs, representatives of the authorities and civilian society, as well as hundreds of thousand believers from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus venerated the relics of Holy Prince Vladimir. In many places cultural events, youth gatherings and discussions with priests took place during the procession.