An expedition is traveling from Moscow to Antarctica with the purpose of the great consecration of the southernmost Russian Orthodox church on Earth.
Shortly before the start Bishop Iakov of Naryan-Mar and Mezensk performed a parting prayer for the expedition members at the Russian Geographical Society's headquarters, the Society's spokesperson told Interfax.
The bishop consecrated the North Pole in 2011, and Northern Sea Route in September 2013. Now the hierarch is to consecrate a church on the sixth continent.
Beginning February of this year, Pravoslavie.ru has begun publishing its own monthly newspaper. The new, colored 12-page Pravoslavie.ru edition in A3 format is being distributed together with Moscow’s Krestovsky Most newspaper as its insert.
The circulation of the newspaper is 53,000 copies.
The Pravoslavie.ru newspaper can be found free of charge in churches, Orthodox bookshops, social service centers in Moscow, at Orthodox fairs, as well as at the editorial office of the Krestovsky Most newspaper.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended the solemn reception yesterday, which was given by President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic on the occasion of the Statehood Day.
On Wednesday, the 23rd of January/5th of February 2014, the new Consul General of the United Kingdom to Jerusalem, Mr Alastair McPhail, visited the Patriarchate on the occasion of his appointment.
On Friday, January 31, 2014, His Eminence Cardinal Scola, Archbishop of Milan, officially visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His delegation included Messeigneurs Bruno Marinoni and Luca Bressan, Frs. Luciano Capra and Davide Milani, Deacon Roberto Pagani.
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Kirill plans to visit Georgia.
Details of the Russian church’s visit to Georgia will be known in two weeks, Georgian patriarch’s protopresbyter, Tbilisi Theological Academy Rector Giorgi Zviadadze told journalists on Friday.
“When a new patriarch is enthroned in line with tradition, he visits all the local churches. These for example, are the Constantinople church, Alexandria church, Jerusalem church, Georgian church, Serbian church, Romanian church and Bulgarian church. This is a manifestation of brotherhood and unity. Kirill has not yet been to Georgia since becoming patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and that is why he will visit Georgia as a new patriarch,” Zviadadze said.