Russian Church to Help Emergency Situations in Natural Disasters

It is about being a good neighbor, after all. Clergy and parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Church will begin to help rescuers in dealing with emergency situations, reports Interfax-Religion. It is expected that His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Pukov will sign an agreement of cooperation on July 5. According to the document, the rescue department will train priests, sisters of mercy, and volunteers to help people caught in emergency situations. Additionally, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations will be able to use trained volunteers in emergency situation … [Read more...]

Italy Home to Fastest Growing Foreign Diocese of Russian Orthodoxy

The head of the administration for Moscow Patriarchate churches abroad Bishop Anthony of Bogorodsk stated in a recent interview with TASS that the Russian Orthodox Church has nearly 900 parishes in foreign countries, the greatest number of which are in Germany and Italy. While the number of parishes in Germany outnumbers those in Italy, “[t]he second largest eparchy abroad of the Russian Orthodox Church is located in Italy. There are nearly seventy parishes and their number is steadily growing,” according to Bp. Anthony, who formally served five years as a parish rector in Italy. “It is one of the most dynamically developing regions … [Read more...]

New Delhi to get India’s First Russian Orthodox Church

The Indian capital New Delhi is to get its first Russian Orthodox Church soon. The construction of India's first Russian Orthodox Church will begin as soon as planning approval and financing is settled, the country's IANS news service quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying. "A decision will be taken soon to begin construction of the Russian Orthodox Church within our cultural centre. "This was the most convenient way of reaching an understanding with the [local] authorities, because no major decision, apart from architectural, will be required," Sergey Karmalito, senior counsellor at the Russian embassy, told IANS. It said as one … [Read more...]

India’s First Russian Orthodox Church

The First Russian Orthodox Church in India soon to be built. “A decision will be taken soon to begin construction of the Russian Orthodox Church within our cultural centre. This was the most convenient way of reaching an understanding with the (local) authorities, because no major decision, apart from architectural, will be required,” Sergey Karmalito, senior counsellor at the Russian embassy, told IANS. One of the largest of the Eastern Orthodox congregations, the Russian Orthodox Church had launched a parish here in 2011 but has so far operated out of the Russian embassy premises. “It will be constructed quite soon, and what is … [Read more...]