Orthodox Churches

Days of Russian Spiritual Culture held on Terra del Fuego

The Days of Russian Spiritual Culture were held on March 12-13, 2012, in the Province of Terra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Antarctic Islands (Argentine). They were organized by the Federal Agency for Expatriates representation in Argentine, Paraguay and Uruguay with the support of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations.

During his meetings with local officials, public leaders and cultural figures, Mr D. Kravtsov, head of the Agency’s representation, spoke of the church-state cooperation in Russia. He informed his listeners about the Presidential and Patriarchal Commissions for Culture established in 2012, noting that their work is aimed at overcoming negative developments in the sphere of culture.

Sretensky Monastery Hosts a Regular Meeting of the Inter-Council Presence to Discuss Church Law

On March 23, 2012, Sretensky Stavropighial Monastery in Moscow held a regular meeting of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church, presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain, to discuss church law.

21 priests serve in Russian army

Over 240 military priests will serve in the Army and Navy, said Boris Lukichev, head of the Russian Armed Forces Directorate for working with religious servicemen.

"We have 21 priests in the army and navy. They signed contracts with commanders and perform their professional duties. Twenty are Orthodox Christians and one is from a Muslim ummah, imam-hatyb Sindikayev. He is serving in the Southern Military District. The rest were sent to other districts and army services," Lukichev said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, published on Monday.

Statement of the Episcopal Assembly of Oceania



Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012


Dear Sir/Madam,

The Orthodox Christian position on marriage requires an adequate understanding of how the term ‘marriage’ is understood not only in our faith community, but also its broader societal implications.

Archbishop of Athens and All Greece at the Phanar

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, His All-Holiness received His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece at the Phanar. Archbishop Ieronymos was accompanied by Metropolitan Vasilios of Elassona and Bishop Gabriel of Diavleia.

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate

Exhibition timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan opens at the National Library of Russia

On 20 March 2012, an exhibition entitled “I am the only Russian here…” (from history of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Japan)” opened at the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg.

The exhibition is timed to the centenary of the demise of St. Nicholas of Japan and presents documents and other materials on the life and work of St. Nicholas, as well as materials about Japan, notes and memoirs of Russian and foreign authors published at the turn of the 19th century about Japanese traditions and customs.
General Consul of Japan in St. Petersburg, Mr. Ichiro Kavabata, addressed the guests of library at the opening ceremony, press service of the National Library of Russia reports.