Moscow church destroyed by Napoleon to be restored

The Church of Beheading of St. John the Baptist, destroyed by the French at their retreat from Moscow in 1812, will be reconstructed near the walls of the Novodevichy Convent, reports Interfax-Religion with the reference to Vladimir Resin, State Duma deputy and adviser of Patriarch Kirill.

“The approximate, cost of the building will be 50 million rubles,” he said on Tuesday at a press conference in Moscow. The chronicles date the foundation of this church to the year 1525 – the time of construction of the Novodevichy Convent. In September 1812, the convent was temporarily occupied by the French, who, could not destroy the whole convent as the left, but did destroy the Church of Beheading of St. John the Baptist. As contemporary to the convent, this church was an integral part of its ensemble. One of the convent towers is called “Predtechenskaya” (“of the Forerunner”) to this day. 

Unique cave monastery complex of 12th-13th centuries in Georgia to be conserved

 Vardzia is the cave monastery complex of the 12th-13th centuries in the valley of the Kura river, situated about 70 kilometers south of the town of Borjomi. This is an outstanding monument of medieval Georgian architecture.

The three-day international seminar, dedicated to the development of plans for conservating the Vardzia cave monastery complex in the Samche-Javaheti region, began on July 9 at the nature reserve. The seminar is organized by the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. “The primary aim of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia is to stop the rockslides in the unique cave complex and prolong the life of the historical site. In order to save Vardzia, Georgian specialists should unite and work out the (still non-existent) document on preservation of Vardzia. This document will serve as a start of preparation of the plan for control of the cave monastery complex,” reports the Ministry of Culture. The special guest of the seminar was president of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, UNESCO consultant, assistant to the president of the International consortium on landslides Claudio Margottini.

Greeting By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy

Delivered by His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France
Moscow, 26 June 2014

Esteemed Dignitaries,
Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we would like to congratulate you on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. We especially congratulate all of the young scholars and winners of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy International Scientific essay contest, and we look forward to the contributions these young people will make in the future.

Holy Trinity Mission Slava

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN celebrated the first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission Chapel in Fairmont, West Virginia on April 15, 2000.. The Mission has continued until the present. The Divine Liturgy is held twice per month on Saturdays. On alternating Wednesday evenings, an Akathist and Adult Education classes are held.

Russian Orthodox Church fundraised over $780,000 for Serbia

The Moscow Patriarchate transferred money to the Serbian Orthodox Church to help victims of the flood.“In response to my call to all faithful children of our Church, we held a fundraising to support victims in Serbia.

The collected means in amount of 27 million rubles (which makes over $780,000 – IF) have already been transferred to the special account of the Serbian Orthodox Church,” the patriarchal message to Patriarch Irinej of Serbia reads.