The Holodomor is the name given to the famine that took place in Soviet Ukraine in the 1932-1933 agricultural season, as part of a wider famine which took place in other regions of the USSR. The famine was caused by the food requisition actions carried by Soviet authorities. The Holodomor is considered one of the greatest national catastrophes to affect the Ukrainian nation in modern history where millions of inhabitants of Ukraine died of starvation in an unprecedented peacetime catastrophe. Estimates for the total number of casualties within Soviet Ukraine vary between 2.2 million (demographers' estimate) and 3-3.5 million, and up to 14 million (historians' estimate).
The address of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine to the Entire Pious Ukrainian Nation can be read below:
On Sunday November 30, 2008, the Feast of Andrew the First Called Apostle, His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America will celebrate a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM, at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. This is the Patronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Archons in America.
The chancery of the Orthodox Church in America has announced the following tentative schedule for the enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC. In Saturday, December 27, 2008 in St. Nicholas Cathedral Vigil will be celebrated by Metropolitan Jonah, members of the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops, guest hierarchs and clergy. In Sunday, December 28, 2008 in St. Nicholas Cathedral will be Entrance and Greeting of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and Hierarchal Divine Liturgy celebrated by Metropolitan Jonah, members of the OCA Holy Synod of Bishops, guest hierarchs and clergy.
Source: Interfax religion
Scientific worldview can't be atheistic, renowned theologian and professor of Moscow theological schools Alexey Osipov said. "If the world is endless than the science can't prove there's no God," Osipov said at a conference Science. Philosophy. Religion organized by St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation. According to the theologian, science and religion do not oppose one another, but should jointly oppose various superstitions and false doctrines.
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.
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.