Orthodox Church in Harbin, China Reopens as an Orthodox Church

An Eastern Orthodox Church reopened for worship on Saturday in Harbin, the icy city in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province about 600 kilometers from the Russian border. For Orthodox Christmas in January, worshippers had borrowed a nearby Catholic church. But on Saturday, a congregation of about 100 flocked to the Protection (Pokrov) of the Theotokos Church to worship for the first time since it was closed for repair in 2014, the provincial bureau of religious affairs reported on Tuesday. "There are now about 100 Orthodox believers in Harbin, with one priest and one church," a bureau official, who refused to be named, told the Global … [Read more...]

Filipinos Build Church in 3 Weeks to Celebrate Pascha

Photo: pravoslavie.ru The zeal of Filipino Orthodox was seen at Pascha this year, as the community of St. Vincent of Lerins on the island of Mindanao celebrated the bright Resurrection of Christ in a church they had built with their own hands in just three weeks. The holy Paschal services were celebrated in the community by the cleric of the Petrozavodsk and Karelia Diocese Fr. Stanislav Rasputin in the village of Salasan with the blessing of Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk, the administrator of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in Eastern and Southeastern Asia. Fr. Stanislav has been to the Philippines several times before, including … [Read more...]

Church to be Built in Siberian Cradle of Orthodoxy Where Mass Baptism of 120 Recently Celebrated

Yessey, the northernmost village of the Evenkia District in Krasnoyarsk Krai, 2,140 miles northwest of Moscow, was traditionally known as the “cradle of Orthodoxy” among the indigenous peoples of the north, after local Yakuts and Evenks adopted Orthodoxy in 1852. One of the first churches in Evenkia was built in Essey, although it ceased functioning with the advent of soviet power. The village has remained churchless for the past several decades, although faith has remained alive in the hearts of many Yakuts. Two priests traveled to the village last February to baptize 120 souls into the Body of Christ. Now there is news that the village … [Read more...]

Chinese Orthodox Receive State Approval to Prepare for Ministry in Russian Seminaries

Orthodox students from the People’s Republic of China can now begin to prepare for their future ministries in China in the theological schools of the Russian Orthodox Church. Agreement on the issue came as a result of the sixth session of the Russian-Chinese working group on contacts and cooperation in the religious sphere held in Beijing on Thursday, the Vice Chairman of the Department of External Church Affairs (DECR) of the Russian Orthodox Church Archpriest Nikolai Balashov toldRIA-Novosti. The meeting was held on Thursday at the Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion … [Read more...]