Orthodox Churches

The Russian government approves measures to develop the Solovetsky archipelago

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order on measures to preserve and develop the Solovetsky (Solovki) archipelago, the enumeration of which was prepared by the federal authorities and the government of the Arkhangelsk region, reports RIA-Novosti with reference to the website of the Russian Federation’s Government.

Patriarch Kirill awarded the Cuban state Order of José Marti

Patriarch Kirill awarded the Cuban state Order of José Marti
Patriarch Kirill awarded the Cuban state Order of José Marti
Patriarch Kirill awarded the Cuban state Order of José Marti
Patriarch Kirill awarded the Cuban state Order of José Marti

On February 13, 2016, the third day of his visit to Cuba, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia laid a wreath at the Memorial to Soviet Internationalist Soldiers in Havana.

Primate of Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Liturgy at the Church of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Havana

Primate of Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Liturgy at the Church of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Havana
Primate of Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Liturgy at the Church of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Havana
Primate of Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Liturgy at the Church of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Havana
Primate of Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Liturgy at the Church of Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Havana

On 14 February 2016, 37th Sunday after Pentecost, forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Russian Orthodox church of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Havana.

Concelebrating with His Holiness were: Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol and Brovary, Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administrative Secretariat; Bishop Kallistrat of Gorno-Altaysk and Chemal; Bishop Anthony of Bogorodsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administration for Institutions Abroad; Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), DECR vice-chairman; archpriest Andrey Milkin, head of the Patriarchal Protocol Service; and Rev. Alexander Volkov, head of the Patriarchal Press Service.

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia
Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the holy Spirit be with all of you (2 Cor 13:13).

1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to God, glorified in the Trinity, for this meeting, the first in history.

It is with joy that we have met like brothers in the Christian faith who encounter one anotherto speak face to face (2 Jn. 12), from heart to heart, to discuss the mutual relations between the Churches, the crucial problems of our faithful, and the outlook for the progress of human civilization.

Saint Xenia of Petersburg is commemorated in Serbia

Saint Xenia of Petersburg is commemorated in Serbia
Saint Xenia of Petersburg is commemorated in Serbia
Saint Xenia of Petersburg is commemorated in Serbia
Saint Xenia of Petersburg is commemorated in Serbia

On 6 February 2016, the commemoration day of St. Xenia of Petersburg was celebrated at the Church o f the Holy Trinity, the metochion of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. St. Xenia is venerated in Serbia as deeply as in Russia.

Every year even more worshippers from Belgrade and other cities come to a small Russian church at the Tašmajdan park to venerate the icon with a particle of stone from St. Xenia’s coffin.

Greece should keep the tradition of Mount Athos, despite EU pressure

The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) hopes that Greece will not succumb to pressure from a number of European parliamentarians and officials, and will preserve the spiritual tradition and history of Athos's status as a multinational center of the entire Orthodox world, said Archpriest Igor Yakymchuk, a representative of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (DECR) at a press conference on MIA "Russia today" on Friday.