Primate of the Orthodox Church in America prays in Valaam where he took monastic vows

Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada in frames of his official visit to the Russian Church came to Valaam , where he once was a novice and decided to become a monk. Bishop Pankraty of Troitsk, Abbot of the Transfiguration Monastery, welcomed Metropolitan Jonah and priest travelling with him. With the bells ringing, the delegation proceeded to the lower church of the cathedral where they prayed to the founders of the monastery and venerated their holy relics, the Moscow Patriarchate official web site has reported.

Religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations - Russian Patriarch tells Ukrainian PM

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the development of relations with Ukraine ranks among his priorities and that the religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations. Relations between Ukraine and Russia "are the central, not peripheral task," the Patriarch said during talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at Moscow's St. Daniel monastery on Wednesday.

Religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations - Russian Patriarch tells Ukrainian PM

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the development of relations with Ukraine ranks among his priorities and that the religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations. Relations between Ukraine and Russia "are the central, not peripheral task," the Patriarch said during talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at Moscow's St. Daniel monastery on Wednesday.

Orthodox in Uganda condemn corruption

The leader of the Orthodox Church in Uganda, Jonah Lwanga, has decried the increasing cases of corruption and prostitution in society. Lwanga also said it was unfortunate that greed had forced people to resort to evil practices such as sacrificing human beings to acquire wealth. Other evils he condemned were murder and sodomy. "Many people in Uganda, including Christians, do not profess in the principle of working for God's kingdom, but believe in earthly treasures," he noted.

Orthodox celebrate holy fire ritual in Jerusalem

Thousands of Orthodox faithful, carrying torches and bundles of candles signifying the 33 years of Jesus' life, packed into Christianity's holiest shrine on Saturday to celebrate Easter Week's holy fire ritual. Christians traditionally believe Jesus was crucified and buried at the site in Jerusalem's Old City where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands.