Mtskheta among the 20 most beautiful heritage sites of UNESCO

According to the online website Condé Nast Traveler the historical monuments of Mtskheta are among the 20 most beautiful UNESCO world heritage sites.“

The former capital of Georgia referred to as the spiritual heart of the country, has three picturesque, cliff top medieval churches. Sadly, lack of preservation and unaddressed deterioration of the architecture and artwork have landed this site on UNESCO’s “at-risk” list.” said Lianna Trubowitz the contributor to Conde Nast Traveler.

Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria arriving to Russia

His Beatitude Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, will be on private pilgrimage to the Russian Orthodox Church from August 19 to 20, 2015.His Beatitude will visit the Solovki Monastery of the Transfiguration, and the dioceses of Irkutsk and Yekaterinburg.

It is expected that during his visit His Beatitude will meet with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

DECR staff member takes part in meeting of Old Believers from all over the world

 On 3-9 August 2015, the 9th World Congress of the International Council for Central and Eastern European Studies took place at the Kanda University of International Studies in the city of Makuhari, Japan.

Foundations of Orthodoxy included in 5th-Grade Curriculum in 30 Moscow Schools

After a year of studying the Foundations of Orthodox Culture in the fourth grade, fifth graders of thirty Moscow schools will continue to explore the subject within the framework of a pilot project in the new school year, reported Hieromonk Onisim, the chairman of the Department of Religious Education and Catechesis of the Moscow Diocese, in an interview with RIA Novosti on August 6.

Foundations of Orthodox Culture is included in the fourth grade school curriculum. Following an analysis of this year’s pilot program a decision will be made about the advisability of further expansion of the course.

Address of the Great Council of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America 11-13 March 1969, Concerning The Canonization of the Spiritual Father Herman of Alaska

This year marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the canonization of the great Russian ascetic missionary to America, St. Herman of Alaska, commemorated on July 27/August 9. Having left his chosen monastic home of the great Valaam Monastery, St. Herman departed under obedience to trek across the entire span of the Russian land to bring the light of Christ to the native peoples of Alaska. He arrived at Spruce Island in 1794 and labored for forty years, caring for all the physical and spiritual needs of the people. His life of prayer and asceticism and intense love in imitation of Christ left an indelible mark on the Alaskan land and people, and his memory has carried throughout the rest of America, and indeed throughout the entire Orthodox world. Under his heavenly protection the American mission continues to grow.