Russland: Kritik an US-Bericht zu Religionsfreiheit in Russland

Als „oberflächlich“ und „unprofessionell“ bezeichnete der Vorsitzende des Duma-Komitees für Entwicklung der Zivilgesellschaft und Religiöse und Zivile Vereinigungen, Sergej Gavrilov, den Bericht zur internationalen Religionsfreiheit für das Jahr 2016 des US-Außenministeriums. Der Kommentar zur Situation in Russland sei „sehr oberflächlich und tendenziös“. Die Voreingenommenheit des Berichts sei zwar verständlich, nicht aber die mangelnde Professionalität, erklärte Gavrilov.

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Russland: Russian Orthodox Church to canonize two new saints

On August 31, the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church His Holiness Patriarch Kirill will celebrate the glorification of the newly-proclaimed saints the Roslavl elders Theophan and Nikita in the Dormition Cathedral in Smolensk, reports the site of the Smolensk Diocese. During the December 27, 2016 meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church a report was heard from the chairman of the Synodal Commission for the Canonization of Saints, Bishop Pankraty of Troitsk, regarding the...

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Russland: 33% of school children in St. Petersburg study Basics of Orthodoxy

Interest among St. Petersburg school children in studying the basics of Orthodoxy has grown in comparison to those interested in studying world religious cultures, according to the head of the city’s Education Committee Zhanna Vorobyova, reports Interfax-Religion. “Within the framework of the course ‘Basics of Religious Cultures and Secular Ethics,’ 40% of students choose to study world religious cultures. I can say that if four years ago, 6% of students chose to study the basics of Orthodoxy...

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Russland: Syrien und Ukraine Hauptthemen von Parolins Russland-Besuch

Internationale Themen wie die Situation in Syrien, der Ukraine und Venezuela haben im Mittelpunkt des Besuchs von Kardinalstaatssekretär Pietro Parolin in Russland gestanden. Der nach Papst Franziskus zweithöchste Vertreter des Vatikans traf bei seinem viertätigen Russlandaufenthalt (21.-24. August 2017) mit zahlreichen ranghohen Kirchen- und politischen Vertretern zusammen. Ein Russlandbesuch von Papst Franziskus wurde jedoch nicht thematisiert.

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Russland: DECR representative takes part in International Christian Forum

On 28 August 2017, the opening ceremony of the 3rd International Christian Forum took part in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. The meeting was organized by the “Christian World” Association for Upholding Traditional Spiritual Values. The central topic of the meeting was the problem of persecutions of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. Taking part in the forum were delegates from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon...

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Russland: Russia puts Jehovah's Witnesses on prohibited organization list

The Justice Ministry has put the Jehovah's Witnesses on the list of organizations prohibited in Russia. "The Russian Justice Ministry has added the Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center in Russia religious organization, as well as 395 affiliated local religious organizations to the list of civil, religious and other non-governmental organizations regarding which a court order on liquidation or prohibition has taken effect pursuant to the Federal Law on Suppression of Extremist Activity," the...

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Russland: Putin will auf der Krim „russisches Mekka“ errichten

Der russische Präsident Vladimir Putin möchte aus Chersones auf der Krim ein „russisches Mekka“ machen. Der Ort habe für Russland und die Russen eine einzigartige Bedeutung, wie Putin anlässlich seines Besuch der 2014 annektierten ukrainischen Halbinsel betonte. Ausschlaggebend sei dabei nicht, dass in Chersones Großfürst Vladimir getauft wurde, sondern dass danach „hier die Konsolidierung des zentralisierten russländischen Staates“ begonnen habe, erklärte der russische Präsident.

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Russland: Interview with Metropolitan Hilarion

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his church ministry on August 19. In his interview to RIA Novosti news agency, Metropolitan Hilarion told about “great and minor” miracles in his life, about the effect on him over the years of his service abroad of “the atmosphere in the Western countries,” about the visit to Moscow of the Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, about...

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Russland: Church leaders finish round-table discussion on monastery life in cities

On August 9, 2017, a round-table monastic forum finished its second and final day with four presentations on the theme: “The inner life of a city monastery”, reports Patriarchia.ru. The forum was held in the Novodevichy Convent, St. Petersburg. Participating in the forum where 5 bishops, 42 archimandrites and igumens, 45 abbesses, hieromonks, monks, and ryassaphore monks—160 monastics in total from 65 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church. This included Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia...

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