Litiya is celebrated at the tomb pf the last Consul General of Russia in Beirut

On February 10, the Diplomats’ Day, the Mayor’s office in Choueifat, a suburb southeast of Beirut, held a festive meeting.

Attending the meeting were hegumen Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of the Great Antioch and All the East; H. E. Alexander Zasypkin, Ambassador of Russia to Lebanon; staff members of the Embassy of the Russian Federation and of other states; members of the Lebanese Parliament; religious and public figures.

Putin meets with Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa

 During his official visit to Egypt on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa, with whom he discussed the situation in the region and bilateral relations.

A new Orthodox church consecrated in Thailand

The Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs – the sixth Russian Orthodox parish church on the territory of Thailand – was solemnly consecrated on Sunday in the resort town of Hua Hin, reports RIA-Novosti.

The consecration of the church was headed by Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk who had arrived in Thailand with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) participated in the ceremony as well. The Russian ambassador to Thailand Kirill Barsky was present at the event.

The first Orthodox church in 100 years to be built in Warsaw

Construction of a new Orthodox church in the Polish capital of Warsaw will start in April 2015, reports PoloNews. In the last hundred years, no new churches have been built in the capital of Poland. The Orthodox church will be constructed on a piece of land of 1.5 hectares. The architectural design of the church will resemble the Hagia Sophia Cathedral.