His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has for the first time addressed the scandal-ridden film Mathilde, calling on people to avoid introducing “speculations, which can hurt a great many people” into works dealing with historical facts.
When I listened to this recording for the first time, and multiple times afterwards, I felt as though I was transported to a Russia that is different than the wonderful spirit of Russian Orthodoxy which I usually experience in the fullness of Church singing, here and now in Moscow.
Thousands of Orthodox faithful in the northeastern city of Sumy, Ukraine held a procession on the feast of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God, despite that the executive committee of the city council had formally banned the procession, and the holding of the Divine Liturgy on the place of the destroyed Church of the Holy Protection.
Russia is a nation that has captured the attention and imagination of Americans for more than 70 years. On the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Catholic News Service looks at the rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church following the collapse of communism and at the ongoing debates about the appropriate level of cooperation between the Church and the Kremlin.
Archimandrite Naum (Baiborodin), the beloved elder with a great many spiritual children throughout all of Russia and beyond, who reposed on Friday at 90 years of age, was buried on Sunday at the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, where he labored in asceticism for decades.
Approximately 25,000 faithful Orthodox Christians and over 100 priests prayerfully processed through the downtown streets of Iași yesterday, bearing the relics of their greatly-beloved St. Paraskeva, as well as relics of the holy Martyr Thekla, as part of the “Way of the Saints” pilgrimage.
The Athonite Romanian skete of Prodromou has released an open letter that seeks to restore the truth about what happened in connection with the brotherhood’s statement on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew after, as the authors write, “he contributed to the legalization of the heresy of Ecumenism by way of the so-called Holy and Great Council which took place in June 2016 on Crete.”
The 9-day trip comes as a petition signed by more than 3 million Romanians, calling for marriage to be constitutionally defined as between one man and one woman, awaits final approval in the Senate, after which a public referendum can be held. The petition has already been unanimously approved by Romania’s Constitutional Court.
On October 6, the day of the glorification of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow and Kolomna and apostle to America, celebrations were held in the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra for the 220th anniversary of the saint’s birth and the 40th anniversary of his canonization.