Return of St. Daniel bells could open new page in U.S.-Russia relations - Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia hopes that return of the historical bells to the St. Daniel's Monastery from Harvard University will facilitate the development of the relations between Russia and the United States. "Hopefully, the return of the bells will become a new page in the relations between Russia and the U.S.," the Patriarch told journalists at a ceremony of the first ringing of the St. Daniel's bells in the cloister on Tuesday.

The main purpose of marriage is spiritual unity, rather than child bearing, the priest believes

The essence of marriage is to attain unity of two individuals, and child bearing is the natural result of such unity, the priest and psychologist said. "The purpose of marriage is to create a spiritual union of two individuals. Child bearing is only a natural result of marriage, rather than its precondition and goal," the Priest Andrey Lorgus said in his lecture at the Moscow Spiritual Library cultural center.

Patriarch Kirill celebrates 33 years of his service as bishop

Last Saturday, March 14, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill celebrated the 33rd anniversary of his elevation to the rank of bishop by his confessor Metropolitan Nikodim. To commemorate this event, Patriarch Kirill conducted the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow Church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Khoroshovo and upon its completion appealed to the clergy to selflessly serve God and people without concerns for health and career.

One more Russian church to open in Thailand

Preparatory works have started in the Thai city of Pattaya, where the Russian Orthodox Church of All Saints is to be erected, the official website of Moscow Patriarchate reports. To cut down big trees growing at the acquired site, permission from the Nature Conservancy was required. Besides, in compliance with the police instructions, the parking area earlier situated here was removed.

Protect Sunday as a special day, church group tells EU

A grouping of Europe's Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches has urged the European Union to protect Sunday as a day of rest, as the 27-nation grouping considers new regulations on working time. "Scientific research shows that Sunday is more closely connected with the health of workers than any other day of the week," the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches said in a statement issued on March 16 following a meeting at Nyborg in Denmark.