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Photo credit: Chad Husby / wikipedia.org (CC BY-SA 1.0) May marks the 120th anniversary of the laying in New York of the foundation stone for St. Nicholas Cathedral, which is called the center of Orthodoxy in North America. The first contribution for the construction of the cathedral...

05.05.2021 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: hrypov / pixabay.com Orthodox believers celebrate Easter on Sunday, May 2, TASS reports. The main Christian holiday, dedicated to the resurrection of Jesus Christ after the crucifixion, symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, life over death. ...

02.05.2021 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: photochur / pixabay.com Holy Week began on April 26 for Orthodox believers, Interfax reports. On the week of the strictest fasting before Easter, they remember the last days of the life of Jesus Christ, his crucifixion and burial. ...

26.04.2021 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: mamkaklass / pixabay.com Orthodox Christians on Friday, April 30, celebrate Great, or Good Friday, the most mournful day of the year when Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross, the Vesti TV channel reports. ...

01.04.2021 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: Julia Ivanko / mos.ru (CC BY 4.0) The Days of Orthodox Book started the day before, March 14, in Buenos Aires, according to the website of the Moscow House of Compatriot. The organizer was the Argentine and South American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church with the...

15.03.2021 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: infinisky007 / pixabay.com Orthodox Christians begin Lent on Monday, March 15, RIA Novosti reports. It is considered the longest and strictest. This church custom was established in memory of the 40-day fast of Jesus Christ, which he spent in the wilderness before going out...

15.03.2021 Subject: Religion

Photo courtesy of the parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Iceland / project of the temple complex in Reykjavik / rus.is An Orthodox church and a Russian cultural and spiritual center will appear in the Icelandic capital, according to the RUS.IS website. It will be built on a site in...

09.03.2021 Subject: Religion

Photo credit: xiaochi1989 / pixabay.com Russian Buddhists celebrated the onset of the new year according to the lunar calendar, according to the Mir24 TV channel. The holiday was celebrated by about two billion people in different countries. They live in China, in East Asia, they were...

12.02.2021 Subject: Religion

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