Apostles of the 21st Century

On September 14 in the Central House of Journalists in Moscow, the exhibition entitled, “Apostles of the 21st Century” opened. This is the first exhibition here dedicated to modern foreign missions of the Orthodox Church. Visitors were able to see how Orthodoxy is spreading in such countries as the Philippines, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, and elsewhere. The photographs were accompanied by text with quotes from the stories of both the missionaries and the newly converted. The exposition includes modern missionary publications on Orthodoxy in various languages, and displays showing how Christianity … [Read more...]

St. Matron Sewing Center Festively Opened in Pakistan

The Divine Liturgy and opening ceremony for the St. Matrona Sewing Center in Sargodha, Pakistan were celebrated on October 29, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The St. Matrona Adult Education Center was founded in March 2016 as an outreach of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission to local poor women, reports the Archangel Michael Mission in Pakistan. The day’s celebrations were a moment of joy and success for the women of the St. Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center. During the inauguration ceremony, Fr. Joseph Farooq extended heartfelt … [Read more...]

1,000-strong Mass Infant Baptism to be Celebrated in Bulgaria

1,000 infants will be united to the Body of Christ through the Sacrament of holy Baptism tomorrow in cities throughout Bulgaria, reports the site of the Bulgarian Patriarchate. The mass Baptism is part of the national campaign “Do It For Bulgaria,” in support of birthgiving, to help shift the tide of the nation’s rapidly declining birth rate. Bulgaria is currently experiencing the most extreme population decline in the world, due to a combination of post-communist emigration, high death rates, and low birth rates. Population statistics project a 30% decrease, from 7.2 million to just over 5 million, by 2060, reports The Washington Post. The … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church will be Built in Kabul, Afghanistan

After 3 churches a day for the last 30 years, the Russian Orthodox Church is not satisfied only building churches in Russia! Glorious! An Orthodox church will be built in the territory of the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan in 2018, the Izvestia paper writes with the reference to sources in diplomatic circles. According to the edition, veteran organizations of soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and other sponsors will participate in the building. The Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency is going to back up the project. “We have to coordinate this question with church officials and some other instances. This good undertaking looks quite … [Read more...]