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Orthodox Christians celebrate one of the most significant twelve Great Feasts – the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, RIA Novosti informs. All cathedrals and churches hold Divine Liturgies in remembrance of the Holy Virgin and her parents – Joachim and Anna who were blessed by God to have a baby at the advanced age. The Birth of the Godmother is the first significant annual Feast dedicated...

21.09.2017 Subject: Religion

Jewish people from all over the world celebrate 5778 New Year according to Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah literally means "the head of the year" in Hebrew, and belongs to the most important celebrations in Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah starts in the first day of new month Tishrei. It is typically celebrated in September although the exact dates move each year, unlike in the Gregorian New...

20.09.2017 Subject: Religion

Slavic New Year is celebrated today, September 14th (or September 1st by the old calendar) in Russia. It used to be the very important celebration that was was accompanied by a broad range of rituals, reports Until the beginning of the 18th century September 1 was the date of the beginning of the New Year in accordance with the Church calendar. In 1700 Peter the Great changed...

14.09.2017 Subject: Religion

More than twenty-three thousand Muslims from different Russian regions are taking part in the annual Hajj, IA Interfax advises. Pilgrim’s journey to Mecca is one of the most important events in Islam where each capable Muslim should make Hajj at least once in their life. At present around two million believers are in Mecca....

01.09.2017 Subject: Religion

International Christian forum begins in Moscow. It is already the third forum of this kind. Guests from Russia, ex-Soviet countries, Middle Eastern and European states will gather to take part in it. The main topic under discussion will be persecution of Christians in Syria and on other conflict territories, RIA Novosti informs. The opening ceremony will take place in the Cathedral...

28.08.2017 Subject: Religion

Chapel in honor of the last Russian Emperor is to be built in Jacksons Point, Canadian Province of Ontario, as per Sedmitsa website. The project initiators are sure that the chapel will be ready already in a year when the hundred’s death anniversary of Emperor Nicholas II, his wife and children is marked. Hilarion, Metropolitan of New York and Eastern America,...

16.08.2017 Subject: Religion

The strongest explosion happened next to Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica in the early hours of August 9, RIA Novosti informs. According to the preliminary data, the explosive substance was put under the office building, situated next to the Cathedral. Fortunately, there are no victims at the result of this accident. ...

10.08.2017 Subject: Religion

Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the Baptism of Russia holiday today, July 28th, TASS reports. This event has defined the development path for many nations. The turning point has occurred in 988 in Kiev, when Prince Vladimir accepted Orthodox Christianity, and ...

28.07.2017 Subject: Religion

Sergievsky farmstead (Sergievskoe Podvorie) in Jerusalem opens doors for pilgrims, RIA Novosti reports. Two-storey building of 19th century for decades was not in Russia's possession, and only recently it was finally brought back. The metochion has become a shelter for believers, and also a Sunday school, a museum, and Imperial Orthodox Palestinian society (IOPS) official entity. ...

19.07.2017 Subject: Religion

Plovdiv Metropolis of Bulgarian Orthodox Church with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill will receive the reliquary of Sacred Virgin's Cover and Robe, Russian Bulgaria website reports. This event is timed with Day of Saint Martyr Marina. Russian Orthodox Church official delegation leaded by the rector of Russian Orthodox University hegumen Pyotr will...

14.07.2017 Subject: Religion

Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the day of Holy and Glorious Apostles Peter and Paul in honour of apostles' martyrdom in Rome. This feast also marks the end of the Apostle Peter Fast, which began on the Monday following All Saints’ Sunday. The date changes every year due to Passover calendar. This year the fast has lasted one month. ...

12.07.2017 Subject: Religion

Priest Ioann Nagaya of the Russian Orthodox Church Representation in Tokyo was awarded the Pushkin medal, as per the website of the World Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots. Russian Ambassador to Japan Yevgeny Afanasyev handed the State Award to the Orthodox priest. He congratulated the priest with...

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