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Gay pride parade nixed in Arctic Circle

LGBT activists gave a notification of intention to hold two rallies and a march in the Russian town of Salekhard, the closest town to the Arctic Circe, 1200 miles northeast of Moscow. In its turn, town administration gave its refusal, reports Interfax-Religion.

Trump to Take Oath of Office on Lincoln’s Bible at Inauguration Ceremony

US President-elect Donald Trump will use the Bible from President Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration as well as his own bible when he takes the presidential oath of office on January 20, Trump’s transition team said in a press release on Tuesday.

Copy of Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” found in Vologda cathedral

A copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s infamous “Last Supper,” dated to the mid-nineteenth century and painted according to Orthodox canons, has been found in Vologda’s Resurrection Cathedral, 290 miles northeast of Moscow. Certain variances from the original do catch the eye, for instance the different color of Judas robe, reports tvkultura.ru.

Hagios Georgios Church to serve tourism

The Hagios Georgios Church, which was built in the northwestern province of Bilecik’s Osmaneli district at the end of 1800s and now lies in ruins, will be converted into a museum after a restoration process.

The restoration project of the historical structure has been approved by the Council of Monuments and is set to be finished in two years.

WCC general secretary denounces Middle East violence, urges strengthened peace efforts

Repeated and new forms of violence in Middle East, notably in Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad, is strongly condemned, and calls for more prayer and strengthened peace efforts to halt extremists seeking do divide humanity, says the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) general secretary.

“Once again, people going about their daily lives, in celebration of holidays, have suffered violent attacks,” said the WCC’s general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, in a statement on Sunday.

Prime Minister of Serbia extended Christmas best wishes to Orthodox Christmas

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, extended Christmas greetings to the Hierarchs, clergy and all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

In his Christmas message    the Prime Minister writes: “I extend my sincere best wishes to the clergy, monastics and all the Orthodox faithful who most joyfully celebrate the Christian feast-day of the Nativity of Christ according to the Julian calendar, wishing that you may spend the Christmastide in peace, joy, spiritual welfare and every progress. God’s peace! – Christ is born!