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Patriarch Kirill congratulates Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the 25th anniversary of his ordination

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relation, on the 25th anniversary of his ordination.

To: The Most Reverend Hilarion
Head of the Department for External Church Relations
Permanent Member of the Holy Synod

Your Eminence,

I cordially congratulate you on the 25th anniversary of your ordination.

A quarter of a century has passed since, on the Day of the Holy Transfiguration, you were ordained to assume the lot of pastoral ministry. Being an example of responsible attitude to very task entrusted to you by the Supreme Church Authority, you have done a great deal to bear witness to the intransient beauty and power of Holy Orthodoxy.

Ethiopian church patriarch Abune Paulos dies

Ethiopian church patriarch Abune Paulos dies

The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abune Paulos, has died aged 76, the government has announced.

The foreign ministry said he had been receiving treatment over the past week for an undisclosed illness.The patriarch's office is due to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to finalise arrangements for what is expected to be a state funeral.

Abune Paulos led Ethiopia's 40 million Orthodox Christians - half the population - since 1992.

Early Christian Church Discovered in Kakhetia, Georgia

Early Christian Church Discovered in Kakhetia, Georgia

Archaeologists have discovered a church that was built in Kakheti in the 5th century and destroyed in the 14th century. This is a conclusion made by the experts who have recently announced the news about the unique discovery. Specialists of the National Agency of Cultural Heritage Protection have arrived to the valley of the river Duruji, territory of Dolochopi, where an early Christian-era church was found, reports Blagovest-info portal with the reference to internet.ge.

Nicaean Church of Hagia Sophia began functioning as a mosque

Nicaean Church of Hagia Sophia began functioning as a mosque

Historic Church of St. Sophia in Nicaea (modern Iznik, Turkey), where in 787, held the Seventh Ecumenical Council, began to function as a mosque, to which has already been assigned aMufti. This is reported by "Romfea."

Hagia Sophia in Nicaea was first converted into a mosque in 1331, after the conquest of Asia Minor in the Byzantine Empire, by the Ottoman Turks. It remained a mosque until the arrival of the troops in the region of the Greek army during the campaign that they made in Asia Minor after the First World War.

Russian Orthodox communities in Portugal to make a walking pilgrimage by the Way of St. James

Russian Orthodox communities in Portugal to make a walking pilgrimage by the Way of St. James

Orthodox communities in Portugal will make this Camino de Santiago walking pilgrimage for the eleventh time. It will involve pilgrims not only from Portugal but also other countries. At present, the pilgrims group include believers from Spain, Russia and Ukraine.

This year, the walking pilgrimage will begin after the Divine Liturgy to be celebrated on July 15 at Portugal’s Valenca do Minho, with the participation of pilgrims groups from Lisbon and Port, Tomsk and Moscow (Russia), Nikolaev (Ukraine) and Soto Grande (Spain).

Largest Ever Dead Sea Scroll Collection to be Unveiled at Texas Seminary

Largest Ever Dead Sea Scroll Collection to be Unveiled at Texas Seminary

Visitors at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's exhibition, "Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures" in Forth Worth, Texas, will be able to view the largest Dead Scroll fragments to ever be placed on public display starting July 12.

"The chance to view portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls usually requires an overseas trip to a Near East nation, such as Israel or Jordan," said Bruce McCoy, the exhibition director.