Books by Patriarch Kirill to be presented in Paris

On March 18, 2018, a presentation of books by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, published by the Moscow Patriarchate Publishers, will take place at the amphitheatre of the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris.

During the event, which will be held with a blessing of Bishop Nestor of Korsun, new volumes of the Collected Works of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the series ‘A Word to Those Who Are Near and Who Are Far’ (Series IV, v. 1, 2) will be presented. The volumes include the Primate’s homilies, speeches and addresses made during his trips over Russia and countries near and far abroad.

9 Romanian saints added to calendar of Russian Church

Meeting at Moscow’s Danilovsky Monastery last Wednesday, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church resolved to officially add nine Romanian saints to its liturgical calendar, the site of the Moscow Patriarchate reports.

In a letter dated March 24, 2017, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania informed His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia about the glorification of a whole host of Romanian saints from 1950 to 2017.

Russian monastery collecting humanitarian aid for Syrians for Pascha

Holy Trinity Monastery in Ryzan, Russia has launched a humanitarian aid drive for their suffering brothers and sisters in Syria. The aid is to be sent in time for Pascha, according to the monastery’s website.

The collected goods will be sent to the Monastery of St. Thekla in Maaloula, where services are still conducted in the ancient Aramaic language, spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself during His earthly life. The charitable Paschal drive has been launched with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Ryazan and Mikhalovsk.

Holy Friday becomes national holiday in Romania

Holy Friday has become an official public non-working holiday in Romania, the Romanian Orthodox Church’s Basilica News Agency reports.

With Romanian President Klaus Iohannis’ signature on the completion of Paragraph 1 of Article 139 of the Labor Code, Romania joined 16 other EU countries on Monday where Holy Friday is already a public holiday.

Finnish Orthodox Church condemns initiative to legalize euthanasia

The Council of Bishops of the Finnish Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate recently expressed its official opinion on the civil initiative to legalize euthanasia, at the request of the Parliamentary Committee on Social and Health Issues, reports the site of the Finnish Church.