Although being at the first glance a purely Muslim republic with strong national traits and traditions, Tatarstan has many venerated shrines of the Russian Orthodox Church. The capital of Tatarstan itself observes the strict rule that regulates the number of churches and mosques within the city limits.
The region boasts unique Russian churches and monasteries that are stunningly picturesque, yet in the middle of nowhere, with the mighty Volga on one side and virgin wood covering steep slopes on the other.
A church in the east end of Glasgow is to be consecrated as the first place of worship for the Romanian Orthodox Church in Scotland. Shettleston Old Parish Church will host a special inauguration ceremony at 3pm this Sunday as it becomes the home for Romanian Orthodox followers in the city.
Serbian Tennis Star NovakDjokovic spent Christmas Eve with the faithful of the St. Nicholas SerbianOrthodox Church in Wolloongabba, Brisbane.
Our youngest among the faithful were especially thrilled with his presence andtook advantage of this unique opportunity to ask for his autograph. Mr. ZeljkoGrbic, president of this Church-School Congregation gifted Nole with a 2009Serbian Orthodox Planner, which is published by the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.
Olivier Clément, who has died aged 87, was a French-born Russian Orthodox theologian whose stature was recognised not only by members of other Churches but also by Jews and Muslims. Offering personal proof that it was possible to become Orthodox without going East, he foresaw a Christian future which did not require the Western Church to become Eastern, or vice versa. He worked tirelessly for a mutual respect, which would make possible a recovery of the fullness of truth which would make the Churches one.
On occasion of a welcome of the New Year 2009, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served a fervent prayer at the St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar with concelebration of many priests of the Archbishopric Belgrade-Karlovac. The fervent prayer was attended by several thousand faithful crowded at the St Sava Square.