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Yuliya Goryacheva Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest shared in his interview to the Russkiy Mir about activities of the Moscow Patriarchate Office for Institutions Abroad and how parishes of Russian Orthodox Church assist compatriots abroad to preserve their language and culture. – The Moscow Patriarchate Office for Institutions Abroad, which is led by you, has a very impressive range of powers: they include canonical, archpastoral, administrative, financial, and economic care of institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad. And what is the geographic coverage – how many countries are...

19.11.2018
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Religion

Julia Goryacheva  On October 15, 2018, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church passed the Decree on termination of communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This step was taken in response to attempts of Constantinople to separate the Ukrainian Church from the Moscow Patriarchate and grant it autocephaly. We turned to Nikolai Balashov, an archpriest and Deputy Head of Department for External Church Relations of the ROC. - To what extend can this religious confrontation cause threat to turn into a large-scale civil and political conflict in Ukraine? To what extend can...

27.10.2018
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Religion

Georgii Osipov The most amazing time during the Russian winter is the period between Christmas and the Epiphany, which is celebrated today. It is held (though the weather defies this tradition) that this is the time of the harshest cold spells. And as if the counter the cold, according to Russian tradition, it is also the height of winter revelries during the Christmas season. Log and Bannister By the way, the festivities leading up to the Epiphany have not been well received by those in power. Here is a threatening decree from Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich: “…it is known that…on the eve of the Lord’s...

17.01.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Polina Skolkova V. Schwartz. Palm Sunday in Moscow Under Aleksey Mikhailovich. Procession of the Patriarch on a Donkey, 1865. The Lord’s Entry into Jerusalem, Fig Sunday, Flower-bearing Sunday, or just Palm Sunday—it’s a holiday that has been observed the week before Easter since the very first centuries of Christianity. Hardly anyone knows that in medieval Russia this holiday was celebrated with a colorful procession, involving both the tsar and the patriarch. On Palm Sunday Christians remember an event that happened two thousand years ago—the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into...

13.04.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

On July 12, eminent hermit of Athos, reverend Paisios the Athonite was praised. Being one of the most famous monks of Athos of 20th century, he helped to revive the spiritual life at the St. Panteleimon's Monastery at the end of 20th century and was an apprentice of a Russian monk himself. Representative of St. Panteleimon's Monastery under the Sacred Kinot of the Holy Mountain hieromonk Cyrion tells about it.   – Father Cyrion, today is the memory day of Reverend Paisios the Athonite. Is this Greek hermit respected in a Russian monastery on Athos? ...

15.07.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Will the 21st century become the time of christianophobia? Why precisely this religion became the aim for both Western liberal globalists and pseudo-Islamic radical extremists? And above all – what can we set against the crackdown on traditional values? This was the topic of the round-table discussion organized by the Expert Centre of the World Russian Public Assembly. The cause for this discussion was a report, prepared by the experts of the World Russian Public Assembly (WRPA), “Global Challenges: Religion and Secularism in the Modern World”. The main topic of the report is harassment of...

14.07.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

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