“Experts” are reckoning about the prospects for the recognition of the OCU as the Patriarchate

The OCU will receive the status of Patriarchate after the unification of all Orthodox Christians in Ukraine. This opinion was expressed by the religious scholar Dmitry Gorevoy in the program “Detector. Religions”. Patriarchate status is granted only to those Churches where Orthodoxy is professed by the titular nation, says Gorevoy. “Ukrainians have a chance to become the Patriarchy,” the religious scholar believes, adding, however, that the history of obtaining the highest status testifies that first the Church must unite, be united and bring all ethnic territories together. So, he summed…

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The first Orthodox prayer book in Portuguese was published in Portugal

The first Orthodox prayer book in Portuguese (“Devocionário Ortodoxo”) was published in Portugal. The prayer book, like the service book published earlier, was released with the blessing of Archbishop Nestor of Madrid and Lisbon, writes Patriarchy.ru. Hegumen Peter (Pruteanu) and Hierodeacon Jerome (Tomaz), clerics of the parish in honor of St. John Chrysostom in the city of Cascais, worked on the translation and publication of the text. The Prayer Book was published by the renowned Portuguese-Brazilian Catholic publishing house Paulus, which will promote the distribution of the publication in bookstores…

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The Russian Orthodox Church calls sex reassignment surgery an “industry of deception”

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot accept a “sex change” under any circumstances, and the corresponding operations are included in the “industry of deception” in which psychologists, surgeons and other specialists are involved. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, told this RIA Novosti commenting on the decision to prepare a special church document on this topic. “The position of the Russian Orthodox Church on the so-called “sex change” is expressed in the “Fundamentals of the Social Concept.” This position is not subject…

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Patriarch Kirill approved the ban on the ministry of two bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church

Patriarch Kirill approved the decisions of the Supreme Church-wide Court on the prohibition of Bishop Ignatiy (Tarasov) and Bishop Ignatiy (Buzin) in the ministry, writes the Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus. The Supreme Church-wide Court found both bishops guilty of committing ecclesiastical offenses and sentenced them to a ban on ministry. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill approved these decisions of the Supreme Church-wide Court and issued decrees defining the places of stay of bishops banned from ministry. According to the decrees, bishop Ignatiy (Tarasov) is supposed…

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Ministry of Health predicts “very serious discussion” about visiting churches on Easter

There is no final decision on permission to visit churches during the Easter holidays, and “a very big discussion is expected,” said Viktor Lyashko, Deputy Minister of Health, Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine. “We need to find a compromise between observing quarantine restrictions and not letting someone into the temple. I think these issues will be resolved within a week,” he said. Lyashko noted that there is already last year’s experience in conducting remote services during the Easter holidays. Views: 350

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The SBU officers who domanded bribe from the monastery in Odessa, announced the verdict

On April 6, 2021, the story of two SBU officers ended in the Supreme Court, who at the end of 2015 extorted money from the governor of the Holy Iberian Monastery of Odessa Diodorus money, frightening him with a criminal case for fraud with the parishioner’s land, writes the Telegram-channel “Labarum. Sim Pobedishi”. “Colonel Kuzma Ivanov, who held the position of deputy head of the main department for the protection of national statehood of the Odessa department of the SBU, and Lieutenant Colonel Maxim Galkin, deputy head of the second…

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