Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will start visiting other local Orthodox churches in early July, a spokesman for the Secretariat for Inter-Orthodox Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations, said.
"These visits will be performed in line with the authorized list, the diptych," he told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.
On June 1, Orthodox Church of Georgia marks the day of entrance of St. Nino, Equal to the Apostles, to Georgia.
St. Nino was born in the small town of Colastri, in the Roman province of Cappadocia. She was the only child of the famous Roman general Zabulon. On her father's side, Nino was related to St. George and on her mother's, to the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Houbnal I. St. Nino had a vision where the Virgin Mary gave her a Grapevine Cross and told her to preach in Iberia, the ancient Georgia.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will soon visit the Orthodox Church of Antioch in the Middle East. Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Russian Ambassador to Syria Sergey Kirpichenko and Antiochian Patriarch Ignatius discussed the upcoming visit in Damascus, the Moscow Patriarchate website said.
Recently found musical compositions by Romanovs will first be performed at a charitable concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on October 21.
Musical program includes compositions by Alexander II, Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna and Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich. Most arrangements is to be performed by the Grand Symphony Orchestra for the first time, the art director of the Globalis Symphony Orchestra Leonid Butinsky has said at an Interfax press conference.
Patriarch Kirill: Russia has a long way to go until today's formally Orthodox laity becomes committed believers30. May 2009 - 8:04
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the Church should help people who formally consider themselves Orthodox to become committed believers.
Patriarch said that people often think of themselves as Orthodox by virtue of their cultural origin. "It often begins that way. A person eventually grows into such identity and becomes closer to the Church. We should be aware that Orthodoxy is the crucial factor of our cultural identity," he said answering students' questions at St. Petersburg Ice Palace on Friday.