Moscow Patriarchate creates media mistakes correction department

The Synodal information department has created a sub-department for the correction of mistakes made in the media on subjects regarding the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church, the website of the Moscow Patriarchate, Patriarchia.ru, has stated.

The department's main duty will be to continually gather the most typical and widespread mistakes found in the media as it reports on Orthodox themes. Using this instrument, the Synodal information department plans to work out a unified standard in the Church for the use of Orthodox, ecclesiastical, and theological terms in the media.

Russian Church proposes a plan to reduce the number of abortions

Member of the Expert Council of the Synodal Youth Department and senior lecturer at the bioethics department of Russian State Medical University Hieromonk Dimitry (Pershin) urged the government to apply abortion money to raise the birth rate.

"A woman must be paid at least two thousand roubles a month beginning from the third week of her pregnancy. The money will be available, if the government cancels the "abortion rent": today, taxpayers contribute their own money to pay for "free" abortions which cost us several billion a year," Father Dimitry said in an interview run in an August issue of Krestovsky Most, an Orthodox newspaper.

Statement by DECR Communication Service on the desecration of an Orthodox church at the Kosovo village of Samodreza

The church of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist at the Kosovo village of Samodreza was built at a place where, according to tradition, the warriors of the Holy Prince Lazar took communion before the Battle of Kosovo and where participants in that historic battle were buried. The church was held in reverence by the Orthodox people in Kosovo.

The forced exodus of Serbs during the Yugoslavian crisis has led to the desolation of the holy shrine. In 1998, local people hostile to the Orthodox faith broke the roof of the church and in the following year the church was ravaged and set on fire from within. After the last group of Serbs left Samodreza in 1999, the concrete fence surrounding the church was destroyed and the church was filled with rubbish and excrement. The church building was considerably damaged in the course of anti-Serbian pogroms in March 2004.

Church of St. Dimitry again consecrated in Bucharest

Church of St. Dimitry again consecrated in Bucharest

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church again consecrated the orthodox church in Bucharest, in the municipality of Colentina, devoted to St. Dimitry the Great Martyr. This event happened after the restoration of the church, both inside and outside, which had lasted for 12 years. Then Patriarch along with priests and deacons served the Holy Liturgy in the presence of thousands of believers. 

Reform of liturgical language in Russia

Reform of liturgical language in Russia

The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing for a reform of its liturgical language, and a draft document on the role of Church Slavonic in modern church life has been circulated among dioceses and is available for discussion on the internet.

"Church Slavonic is a very important means to keep unity and traditions inside the Church. But on the other hand, understanding of liturgical texts written in Church Slavonic may be simplified," a senior Church official, Archimandrite Kirill, said on Monday.