“It Has Only Started”

Russian Church continues adding Western Saints to its Church Calendar At its March 9 session, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to add St. Patrick, the Enlightener of Ireland, St. Alban the Protomartyr of Britain, St. Genevieve of Paris, and twelve other Western saints from the first millennium, before the West departed into […]

The Second Baptism of Russia

Since 1988, we have seen the Second Baptism of Russia! Religious faith in Russia never grew more intensively than in the past three decades, believes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. The head of the Department of External Church Relations (DECR) spoke about religious faith in Russia, and its history and revival in recent decades at a […]

Chinese Orthodox Complete Their Pilgrimage to Russia

The pilgrimage of the Chinese Orthodox faithful to Russia concluded with their visit to St. Petersburg from May 6 to 9, 2016. On May 7, the guests of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia venerated the shrines of the Navy Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Kronshtadt and were introduced to the past and […]

An Interview with Anna Dao Bin, Vietnamese Orthodox

We continue to publish the materials of Spas TV program My Path To God where Fr. George Maximov interviews people who converted to Orthodoxy. Vietnamese Orthodox Anna Dao Bin was a member of a Protestant community for a long time and did not even know that there were other Christian denominations. God led her to Russia […]

Medical Clinic and Worship in Russia’s Choo Choo Church

An Orthodox priest rings a set of bells after baptizing a baby on board a train carriage that operates as a mobile church, bringing a medical clinic and Orthodox chapel to remote parts of Russia. The Doctor Voino-Yasenetsky Saint Luka train travels annually to distant settlements in the Krasnoyarsk and Khakassia regions of Siberia. Alongside the […]

In His Own Words: “Do Not Fight, but Do Not Give Up”

by Anna Danilova Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa who starred in the movie “Priest-San: Samurai’s Confession” accepted baptism in the Russian Orthodox Church. The sacrament was performed by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. The newly-baptized man received the name of Panteleimon. The actor also stated earlier that he was going to take Russian citizenship. Mr. Tagawa described his […]

Center for Orthodox Culture to be Opened in Shanghai

Agreement about the Formation of the Center of Study for Orthodox Culture Signed in Shanghai On June 11, 2014, a solemn signing of the agreement between the Shanghai International Studies University and the Patriarchal Council for Culture about formation of the Center for Study of Orthodox Culture at the University of Shanghai took place. The […]

First Chinese Priest Ordained by Russian Orthodox Church in the last 60 years

Yu Shi, a former banker and devout Orthodox Christian in China, was sent to study Orthodox theology in Russia in 2012. Later this year, he is expected to be the first Chinese priest ordained by Russian Orthodox Church to be recognized by the Chinese government. He will serve in Harbin, Helongjiang Province in the Holy […]

Moscow Patriarchate: China Authorizes the Ordination of Chinese Orthodox Priests on its Territory

by Marta Allevato Metropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also […]

Orthodoxy Has Authority In France

An Interview with the Abbot Vasily (Pasquiet) Father Vasily, the first question which comes to mind when one meets you is how you, Pierre Pasquiet, a man of exclusively French origin, became an Orthodox Christian, and not just a layman but a monk and priest, found yourself in Russia, and not simply in Russia but […]