Braving freezing cold temperatures and ice-covered sidewalks, tens of thousands of Russians stood in line Wednesday to see and kiss a newly arrived relic of the Virgin Mary in Russia’s largest Orthodox cathedral.
The Virgin Mary’s Cincture, a belt that Christians believe was worn by Jesus’ mother, was brought to Russia last month from Mount Athos, a monastic community in Greece.
A Buffalo church community is asking the public for help after someone broke into the church over the weekend. "It was on Saturday morning that I was walking the dog and I noticed this light on this pole that was smashed," said Father Volodymer Zablotskyy.
It took another look for Father Zablotskyy to realize burglars used a ladder to creep up and tear cooper from the roof of the sides of the Saints Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church. Some parts were stripped away completely.
Almost 300 thsd people venerated the Belt of the Mother of God in Moscow, over 2 millions of people - in Russia24. November 2011 - 8:44
About 285 thousands of people venerated the Belt of the Holy Virgin during its stay in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Headquarters for its stay in the capital told Interfax-Religion.
Tens of thousands of believers stand in the line to the church. Average time of waiting for access to the church is 24 hours. Not only Muscovites, but people from regions came to venerate the shrine.
691 buses with pilgrims have arrived at the cathedral for the time of the shrine's stay since November 19.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese23. November 2011 - 14:55
Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan.
The two discussed the matter of religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other issues of mutual interest regarding security and peace in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Russian Church stands for the state right to restrict activities of some religious communities and support others14. November 2011 - 9:56
States have right to interfere in religious sphere for the sake of national security, support positive and restrict negative tendencies in religious sphere, the Moscow Patriarchate official believes.
"Today only the blind doesn't see that there are religious communities worthy of support and there are phenomena which are as dangerous as Nazism and Fascism, banned in many countries. And we should adequately respond to this reality," head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said at a seminar in Moscow.