Ukrainian customs officers seized a large consignment of expensive clothes and accessories of the world leading brands reported as humanitarian aid, in particular, "pilgrims' wear". The name of charity fund which attempted to smuggle infringing goods into Ukraine has not been disclosed yet, Zerkalo Nedeli weekly reports on its site referring to its sources in the Ukrainian customs.
Basilica News Agency was launched yesterday, in the attendance and with the blessing of His Beatitude Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The agency is part of the Romanian Patriarchy's Basilica Press Center, along with Radio Trinitas, Trinitas television, ‘Ziarul Lumina' daily and the Press Office.
The only Orthodox temple in Antarctica had a Holy Trinity Day service on Sunday, a source at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of the Federal Hydro-Meteorological Service told Itar-Tass on Sunday. "Not only Russian polar explorers but also their colleagues from other Antarctic research stations attended the service," he said.
"The place for the Orthodox temple was selected so that it could be seen from afar. The Holy Trinity Church is the first site tourists see on their way to Antarctica from Terra del Fuego," the source said. The wood for the Antarctic temple was supplied from Altai. Palekh craftsmen did the iconostasis.
It's a day of renewal and enlightenment for all Orthodox believers as they celebrate Holy Trinity Day. All churches are decorated with fresh green plants, which symbolise life and renovation.
Orthodox Patriarchs and First Hierarchs held a service in own spiritual centre, especially in the Holy Trinity Churches.