Russia Wants to Build Orthodox Church in Seoul

The Russian Embassy has been asking for a piece of land in Seoul to open a Russian Orthodox Church, diplomatic sources say. Furthermore, what Russia has in mind is the spot of the former Russian legation, where Emperor Gojong (1852-1919) took refuge for one year to escape the Japanese who were planning to assassinate him. The place is now designated as the nation's Historic Site 253.

Russian Orthodox is a dominant religion in Russia, as the number of believers accounts for 15 to 20 percent of the population. There's no Russian Orthodox Church currently open in Korea, and Russian residents in Seoul gather at an orthodox church in Mapo, northern Seoul.

Russian Priest Killed in Church

The Rev. Daniil Sysoyev, a priest in the Russian Orthodox Church who was known for promoting missionary work among Muslims, was shot and killed in his parish church late Thursday night.

Father Sysoyev, 35, died at a Moscow hospital of gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The parish's choir director was wounded in the shootings at the Church of St. Thomas by the unidentified assailant.

Patriarch Kirill’s congratulatory message to the Primate of the Church of Constantinople

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following congratulatory message to His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of his election and enthronement to the throne of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople.

Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate DECR meets with officials of the UN Mission in Kosovo and Metochia

In conclusion of his visit to Kosovo and Metochia, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, met on 30 October 2009 with Mr. Jolyon Negele, director of the political relations department of the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and Mr. M. Krasnoschekov, a staff member of the department from the Russian Federation. Participating in the meeting, which took place at Pristina airport, was Mr. A. Shugurov, head of the office of the Russian Embassy in Serbia.

Representative of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA meets with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

On 27 October 2009, the acting representative of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA archpriest Alexander Abramov took part in the meeting of His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople with the hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). Present at the meeting were Archbishop Demetrios of America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), Metropolitan Philip (Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese), Metropolitan Christopher (Serbian Orthodox Archdiocese), Metropolitan Nicholas (Carpatho-Russian Diocese), Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese), Metropolitan Jonah (Orthodox Church in America), Metropolitan Constantine (Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA), and Bishop Ilia (Albanian Orthodox Diocese).