Such bills have repeatedly come before the Lithuanian legislators, but have been repeatedly defeated. The proposal was supported by 9 conservatives, 9 social democrats, 8 liberals and 3 non-attached members this time around. No member from the factions of ruling Farmers and Greens Union, Order and Justice, and Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania supported the proposal for partnerships.
Depending on the size, one icon can take from several months to several years to make, but the time-consuming work brings the artist a special joy. Four of his icons have been gifted to St. Nicholas Church, and in July 2010 his Tenderness Icon was given to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and in May 2011, a St. Vladimir Icon to His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev.
The monetary damages are imposed as compensation for material and moral damages, as well as legal costs. Moscow has stated that it will appeal the decision, which it considers unjust. Tuesday's case was originally brought by the Russian gay rights activists after they were fined for holding banners designed to encourage acceptance of homosexuality, between 2009 and 2012.
“There are two ancient chapels standing near the Spasskaya tower, destroyed more than 90 years ago, that remain unrestored until the present day—Spasskaya and Smolenskaya—which were an integral part of the Moscow Kremlin’s architectural ensemble. They received their names in honor of the icons on the Spasskaya Tower walls—the Savior Not Made By Hands, and the Smolensk Savior,” reads the movement’s appeal to President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill.
A new church has opened in the village of Malaya Kudara in the Kyakhtinsky District of the Buryatia Republic. The church, named for St. Varlaam of Chikoy, was built over the course of nine years with the personal funds of one local elderly resident.
The Synod’s renewed call comes in the context of the choice facing every Russian, and every man, today to delve deeper into the spiritual life, or to drown in materialism, with the prayer, “God forbid that we once again see the brutal consequences of the deceptive spiritual and moral choice of willingly sacrificing our souls to evil substitutions.”
Despite the tragedy, the sisterhood remains hopeful in God, and grateful to all who have supported them in their time of need. “Gerontissa Theophano and the Sisters express their deep gratitude for the outpouring of prayers, love and support from all facets of the community and across the country in this time of crisis. ‘This is what gives us the courage and spiritual strength to move forward through the grace and protection of God and our Holy Mother, The Theotokos,’” the message reads.
The idea of establishing a constitutional monarchy in Georgia was one of the issues discussed by Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II and Speaker of Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze and the Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee Eka Beselia at a recent meeting.
The session of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which took place last week in Munich, Germany, ended with the consecration of a new cathedral in honor of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on Thursday, June 15.
After serving the Divine Liturgy at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Sunday, June 18, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the new monument “Reunification,” dedicated to the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.