Disputes on world origin make no sense from theological standpoint

Disputes between advocates of evolution and creation scientists are senseless from theological standpoint and do not have any vital meaning, Professor of the Moscow Theological Schools Alexey Osipov said. "I believe such disputes are sad event of our time. Fundamentalists of the creation science don't understand a simple thing: the question of creation or evolution makes no sense to theology," Osipov told an Interfax-Religion correspondent in a lobby interview of the Science. Philosophy. Religion conference organized by St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation in the Moscow Region this week.

European Union beats Soviet Russia in atheism, a French philosopher believes

Renowned French philosopher-traditionalist, geo-politician and founder of the Nouvelle Droite (French for New Right - IF) Alain de Benoist believes modern Europe "has beaten the USSR record" in the mass atheism. "Europe has reached such level of atheism that Russia didn't have even after forced totalitarian policy of the Soviet period," Benois said at a meeting with Russian scientists in the Conservative Studies Center at the Sociology Faculty of the Moscow State University.

Russian Orthodox figures ask Saudi King’s permission to build a Christian church in Arabia

Representatives of Orthodox public organizations addressed the King of Saudi Arabia an open letter with a request to build an Orthodox Church in his country. The address, conveyed to Interfax-Religion, was initiated after the Saudi Kingdom announced its plans to build a mosque in Moscow.

"You often say that Islam is a religion of justice. However, if Saudi Arabia builds mosques in dozens of Christian countries, isn't it just to build a church for Christians living in Your Kingdom!" the letter says.

Prayer service for the health of HIV/AIDS infected to be held in Moscow

A prayer service for the health of people living with HIV/AIDS and their relatives will be conducted in the Moscow Church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Khoroshevo on November 30 on the eve of World AIDS Awareness Day. If someone cannot attend the service, the names for prayer (people baptized in the Russian Church) can be sent by e-mail to molebenhiv@mail.ru, the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR) has told Interfax-Religion on Friday.

The Russian Orthodox Church has known of cases in which AIDS has been miraculously healed.

Russian Church against defining holodomor as genocide, but urges to denounce Bolshevik actions that caused it

The Moscow Patriarchate believes actions of Bolsheviks that caused mass famine of the 1930s should be decisively assessed, but urges to renounce attempts to consider the tragedy genocide. "The theme of mass holodomor of the 1930s gives grounds for thinking both in Ukraine and in Russia. Kiev should understand that this tragedy didn't affect only Ukrainian people, and Moscow should decisively condemn Bolshevik actions that resulted in mass famine," Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion on Thursday.

Annual IOCC Benefit Dinner

ioccOver 200 people, from various jurisdictions, gathered together on Sunday November 16, 2008 in Minneapolis for the annual IOCC Benefit Dinner. His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand was the featured speaker and shared his personal experiences about working with IOCC in various locales around the world in offering people a "hand up" from their often dire circumstances. His Grace is on a speaking tour of the United States on behalf of IOCC and his diocese has provided half of the $100,000 matching grant for IOCC's work in Kosovo and Metohija. Before his ordination, the Bishop was an IOCC staff member, and while a priest served on the IOCC Board.