Category: Society & Culture

Expert: Constantinople Patriarchate’s Archdiocese tries to pin blame for schism on ROC

Expert: Constantinople Patriarchate’s Archdiocese tries to pin blame for schism on ROC

MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. The Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of the Russian Tradition in Western Europe, which vows in its statement not to break off ties with the Russian Orthodox Church, is highly likely pursuing a goal of presenting Russia as an outcast in the Orthodox world, Roman Lunkin, an expert in theology, told TASS on Friday. “The patriarchal exarchate confirmed the stance of the Church of Constantinople that they had not interrupted communion with anyone. As that exarchate is directly subordinate to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, they are trying to imply that the Moscow Patriarchate was responsible for the split,” said Lunkin, lead researcher…

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Russian foreign universities’ graduates tell about job possibilities at Tyumen University

Russian foreign universities’ graduates tell about job possibilities at Tyumen University

MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. A federal program, Global Education, that makes it possible for Russians to receive education at the world’s leading universities free of charge has been presented at the University of Tyumen, Western Siberia, the university’s press service said on Friday. The Global Education program is being implemented by the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, which was commissioned by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. The program furnishes Russian nationals with a possibility to study at the world’s leading universities free of charge in case after graduation they get a job with a company on a designated list and work with that…

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This week in photos: tragedy in Crimea, floods in France and sailboats in Italy

This week in photos: tragedy in Crimea, floods in France and sailboats in Italy

A ceremony to welcome Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia outside the All Saints Church in Minsk, October 14 © Viktor Drachev/TASS Damaged cars are pictured the day after floods hit the town of Trebes, southern France, October 16 © AP Photo/Fred Lancelot People at the site of the shooting and explosion at the Kerch technical college, Crimea, October 17 © Yekaterina Keizo/TASS A soldier from Pakistan Anti-Narcotics Force torches a pile of narcotics during a ceremony to burn piles of hashish, in Peshawar, October 16 © EPA-EFE/BILAWAL ARBAB The ‘Victory Lighthouse’ overlooks hundreds of sailing boats as they crowd the Gulf of Trieste at the start of…

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Russian bishop meets with Pope Francis

Russian bishop meets with Pope Francis

ROME, October 19. /TASS/. Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, had a private audience with Pope Francis on Friday. His Eminence Hilarion earlier told TASS that the meeting had been planned, while the Holy See Press Office circulated the list of the pontiff’s visitors, a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church was mentioned among them. The Vatican provided no details about the meeting. On Thursday, His Eminence Hilarion told TASS that he planned to discuss the situation involving the non-canonical churches in Ukraine and relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. “Yes,…

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Steven Seagal eyes wine production in southern Russian region

Steven Seagal eyes wine production in southern Russian region

Steven Seagal © Artiom Geodakyan/TASS KRASNODAR, October 19. /TASS/. Hollywood actor Steven Seagal has responded with interest to an offer to start his own winery business in the Russian southern Krasnodar region (known as Kuban) and to develop the film industry, Regional Governor Veniamin Kondratyev wrote on Twitter on Friday. “We chatted over a cup of tea [with Steven Seagal],” he wrote. “Steven liked the idea of opening his own winery in Kuban, of making wine and of developing the film industry. There is just one small thing left: to get started.” Seagal was earlier reported to attend a business forum that started work in Krasnodar…

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Women look at each other with men’s eyes

Women look at each other with men’s eyes

The theory that men first assess women based on their figure has been repeatedly confirmed. However, it turns out that women look at each other the same way. A group of psychologists from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, USA) led by Sarah Gervais concluded that women assess the appearance of other women from the point of view of men. Scientists have long been interested in the so-called phenomenon of “objectifying gaze.” They assume that both men and women when first looking at each other perform some sort of mental “analysis” that captures the degree of sexual attractiveness of a new acquaintance and determines whether the…

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Within Temptation to play a show in Moscow presenting new album “Resist”

Within Temptation to play a show in Moscow presenting new album “Resist”

Sharon den Adel © EPA/PAUL BERGEM MOSCOW, October 18. /TASS/. Dutch symphonic metal rockers Within Temptation will present their new album “Resist” on stage of the Adrenaline Stadium club in Moscow on Thursday night. On October 19 the band will perform at the A2 Green Concert club in St. Petersburg. “We always had a very warm welcome here in Russia. That is why we always liked playing here,” the band’s guitarist Rudd Jolie said at a press conference in TASS on the eve of the show in Moscow. “We have done four shows so far. We started in Krasnoyarsk. Than we visited Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Kransoyarsk and…

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Orthodox Christianity in danger, faithful need unity — Patriarch of Antioch

Orthodox Christianity in danger, faithful need unity — Patriarch of Antioch

Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS BELGRADE, October 18. /TASS/. A danger for Orthodox Christians after a row between Moscow and Constantinople demands unity and prayers from the faithful, Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East said on Wednesday while visiting Serbia. “At the time when Christians in Syria and the East are suffering, we need unity. The danger looming for Orthodox Christianity is impersonated in the row of Constantinople and Moscow and must push all Orthodox Christians to intensify prayers,” His Beatitude John X was quoted by the Serbian Orthodox Church as saying. “People and…

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Putin offers condolences to families of Crimean blast victims

Putin offers condolences to families of Crimean blast victims

© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS SOCHI, October 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered deep condolences to the relatives and friends of Kerch blast victims, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told the media. “The president offers deep condolences to those who lost their relatives and dear ones as a result of this explosion,” he said. An explosion at a polytechnic college in Kerch on Wednesday claimed ten lives, according to the latest reports.  Several dozen other people are said to have been injured. The National Antiterrorist Committee has said an unidentified explosive device went off. In other media

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Experts see little possibility of Moscow, Constantinople mending ties soon

Experts see little possibility of Moscow, Constantinople mending ties soon

NEW YORK, October 17. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox Church’s decision to cut ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople is unprecedented and will be extremely hard to overcome, experts have told TASS. On October 15, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said it refused to recognize the decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to “proceed to the granting of Autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine,” and announced it would sever Eucharistic ties with it. The Russian Orthodox Church insists that Ukraine is a canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate and rejects the attempt to create a new Church in the country as…

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Days of Moscow Culture begin in Japanese capital

Days of Moscow Culture begin in Japanese capital

TOKYO, October 17. /TASS/. The Days of Moscow Culture festival opened at the Akasaka Sacas commercial complex in Tokyo on Wednesday as part of the cross-year of Russian and Japanese culture, a TASS correspondent reported. “Although normally we are thousands of kilometers away from each other, we will become a lot closer on those days and will have a chance to enjoy the culture of great Russia,” head of the Moscow City Foreign Economic and International Relations Department Sergei Cherenmin said during the opening ceremony. Meanwhile, the Russian Ambassador to Japan Mikhail Galuzin described the Days of Moscow in Tokyo as “one of the key…

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World Council of Churches says will not interfere in Moscow-Constantinople dispute

World Council of Churches says will not interfere in Moscow-Constantinople dispute

GENEVA, October 17. /TASS/. The World Council of Churches will not interfere into the affairs of the Moscow and Constantinople patriarchates and will not comment on their relations, WCC Communication director Marianne Ejdersten has told TASS. “We are not able to comment on at this stage – that’s the policy of the WCC. And we are not going to interfere in the work of member churches,” she said. Ejdersten added that all questions about relations between the Moscow and Constantinople patriarchates should be referred directly to them. In response to Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s request for granting autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church the Ecumenical…

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Man from northern Russia faces prison term for taking advantage of ATM mistake

Man from northern Russia faces prison term for taking advantage of ATM mistake

© Artyom Korotayev/TASS MURMANSK, October 17. /TASS/. A man from the northern Russian city of Severomorsk was charged with theft after he decided to take advantage of an ATM that mistakenly dispensed US dollars instead of rubles, local prosecutors have said. According to the prosecutors, cash-in-transit employees in Severomorsk have mistakenly loaded $100-dollar notes into a box for 500-ruble notes. Therefore, when a local resident tried to withdraw 500 rubles (about $7.6 at the current exchange rate) from his account, he got a $100-note instead. He then repeated the operation for about 20 times, withdrawing a dollar equivalent of about 135,000 rubles ($2,000) in total. “The…

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Man from Northern Russia faces prison term for taking advantage of ATM mistake

Man from Northern Russia faces prison term for taking advantage of ATM mistake

© Artyom Korotayev/TASS MURMANSK, October 17. /TASS/. A man from the Northern Russian city of Severomorsk was charged with theft after he decided to take advantage of an ATM that mistakenly dispensed US dollars instead of rubles, local prosecutors have said. According to the prosecutors, cash-in-transit employees in Severomorsk have mistakenly loaded $100-dollar notes into a box for 500-ruble notes. Therefore, when a local resident tried to withdraw 500 rubles (about $7.6 at the current exchange rate) from his account, he got a $100-note instead. He then repeated the operation for about 20 times, withdrawing a dollar equivalent of about 135,000 rubles ($2,000) in total. “The…

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Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia supports severance of ties with Constantinople

Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia supports severance of ties with Constantinople

OTTAWA, October 16. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia fully supports the decision of the Russian Orthodox Church to sever Eucharistic ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and expects support from other Orthodox churches, Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada told TASS on Tuesday. “The Russian Orthodox Church made the right decision,” he said. “The decision of Constantinople comes as gross interference in affairs of another local church. The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia plans to issue a statement to this effect today and to express full support for Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Church in this decision,” the archbishop said.…

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Russian Orthodox believers not barred from venerating Christian shrines on Mount Athos

Russian Orthodox believers not barred from venerating Christian shrines on Mount Athos

MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. Russian Orthodox Church believers will be able to venerate common Christian relics and sacred images even after the breakoff of relations between the Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchates, Nikolai Balashov, a deputy chief of Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external Church relations, told TASS on Tuesday. “Naturally, the severing of contacts and stopping concelebration with the clergy of the Church of Constantinople will inevitably complicate our relations with Athos but we have what we have. The top priority for us is solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are now living through really difficult times while the Church of Constantinople, regrettably,…

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Constantinople seeking to create its own jurisdiction over Ukraine, says archbishop

Constantinople seeking to create its own jurisdiction over Ukraine, says archbishop

KIEV, October 16. /TASS/. In its move to annul the 1686 Act confirming the Metropolia of Kiev as part of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is not seeking to unite Orthodox churches in Ukraine, but to create its own jurisdiction, Spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Archbishop Kliment said in an interview posted on the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Tuesday. “The decisions by the Patriarchate of Constantinople translate to the annexation of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s domain. The Patriarchate of Constantinople has individually declared that the entire Ukraine is its canonical territory, while all churches, all monasteries, all movable…

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No ban on Russian pilgrims to witness Holy Fire Miracle after break with Constantinople

No ban on Russian pilgrims to witness Holy Fire Miracle after break with Constantinople

© AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov TEL AVIV, October 16. /TASS/. Pilgrims from Russia will be able to witness the Miracle of Holy Fire that occurs every year in the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem after the Moscow and Constantinople patriarchates have broken ties, the secretary of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, Hegumen Nikon, told TASS by phone on Tuesday. However, they won’t be able to attend church services there if the Patriarchate of Jerusalem supports the stance of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, he added. “Everything will depend on how the Patriarchate of Jerusalem behaves. If it takes sides with the Patriarchate of Constantinople and…

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Finnish Orthodox Church hopes to maintain ties with Moscow Patriarchate

Finnish Orthodox Church hopes to maintain ties with Moscow Patriarchate

Main cathedral of the Finnish Orthodox Church, Uspenski Cathedral © wikimedia.org/kallerna HELSINKI, October 16. /TASS/. The Finnish Orthodox Church expects to maintain contacts with the Russian Orthodox Church after the latter’s decision on severing ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate. “First of all, we want to say that the rupture of ties [of the Russian Orthodox Church] with the Constantinople Patriarchate won’t affect the church life of our Russian worshippers in Finland. The Finnish Orthodox Church also hopes that all worshippers will continue taking part in sacraments regardless of their cultural background and language,” the Finnish Orthodox Church said in a statement signed by its head Archbishop…

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Moldova’s president says his country is ready to host Pan-Orthodox Council

Moldova’s president says his country is ready to host Pan-Orthodox Council

CHISINAU, October 16. /TASS/. Moldova’s President Igor Dodon has said his country will be prepared to host a Pan-Orthodox Council that would discuss the problems the Orthodox world has encountered following the decisions taken by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in relation to the Ukrainian Church. “I suggest holding a Pan-Orthodox Council in the territory of Moldova. As an Orthodox Christian I feel deep regret and concern over the situation that has occurred in the Orthodox world,” he said. Dodon vowed that “Moldova will remain a canonical territory of the Moscow Patriarchate.” “The Moldovan metropolitan diocese was created in 1813 by Gavril Banulescu-Bodoni within the…

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Holy Fire to be brought to Russia after Constantinople ties cut — Russian Orthodox Church

Holy Fire to be brought to Russia after Constantinople ties cut — Russian Orthodox Church

© AP Photo/Dan Balilty MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. There will be no difficulties with delivering the Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Russia during Orthodox Easter. However, after the rupture of all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the arrival of sacred items from that Church in Russia will hardly be possible in the near future, spokesman for Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Priest Alexander Volkov, told TASS on Tuesday. “Bringing sacred items is an act performed by a joint agreement between the two Churches or their individual dioceses. I doubt that one can talk about such agreements with regard to the Church of…

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Kremlin concerned over severed ties between Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople

Kremlin concerned over severed ties between Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople

MOSCOW, October 16. /TASS/. The Kremlin voices concern over severed relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople and hopes that the interests of the Russian clergy will be honored, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. “Certainly, we are watching very carefully and with great concern how relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate are developing. This arouses our concerns,” Peskov told reporters. “We hope that still common sense will prevail but at the same time we certainly hope that all interests of the Russian Orthodox Church will be honored,” Peskov stressed. In other media

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Constantinople unleashing havoc between local Orthodox Churches, Ukrainian clergy says

Constantinople unleashing havoc between local Orthodox Churches, Ukrainian clergy says

KIEV, October 16. /TASS/. Constantinople’s decision to revoke the 1686 Act confirming the Metropolitan of Kiev as part of the Moscow Patriarchate is wreaking havoc among local Orthodox Churches and encourages dissenters to pursue recognition in a non-canonical way, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), chairman of UOC’s Synodal Information Department Archbishop Clement told TASS. “Since now the Constantinople Patriarchate registers its right to cancel its decisions made some 300, 500 and 1,000 years ago, this will lead to complete chaos between local Orthodox Churches, because in the history of each local church, their canonical territories had been established due to many developments,”…

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Russian Orthodox Church ‘has done its utmost to avoid’ rift with Constantinople

Russian Orthodox Church ‘has done its utmost to avoid’ rift with Constantinople

Chairman of Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal department for the Church’s relations with society and the mass media Vladimir Legoyda © Sergey Fadeichev/TASS/Archive MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox Church has done its utmost to avoid the rupture of relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople but it was the only right decision, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal department for the Church’s relations with society and mass media Vladimir Legoyda told TASS on Monday. “I think the Russian Orthodox Church has done its utmost to avoid that. I believe we have nothing to blame ourselves for as we gave no grounds for such actions, which have…

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Orthodox unity splits as Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople

Orthodox unity splits as Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, which gathered for a meeting in Minsk, decided to break the Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.A statement published on the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church says: “Assigning to oneself the authority to withdraw judicial and other decisions of other Local Orthodox Churches is  one of the manifestations of the new false teaching proclaimed today by the Constantinople Church and attributing the law of the first without equal (primus sine paribus) to the Patriarch of Constantinople with universal jurisdiction.”Such a vision of its rights and powers by the Constantinople Patriarchate comes into irresistible contradiction with the…

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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies from cancer aged 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies from cancer aged 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen © EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT NEW YORK, October 16. /TASS/. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died from cancer aged 65, his Vulcan Inc. company said in a statement on Monday. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Paul Allen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, musician and supporter of the arts,” the company said. Allen died from complication of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle. In October Allen revealed that he started treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, the same type of cancer he was treated for in 2009. Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1975. He had to leave…

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Constantinople Patriarchate no longer Orthodox Church’s coordinating center — Hilarion

Constantinople Patriarchate no longer Orthodox Church’s coordinating center — Hilarion

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk © Mikhail Metsel/TASS MINSK, October 15. /TASS/. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is no longer seen as a single coordinating center of the Orthodox Church, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said on Monday. “Now we face an utterly new church reality. We no longer have a single coordinating center in the Orthodox Church. We must be fully aware of that. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has eliminated itself as such,” he told Russia’s television Channel One. Earlier in the day, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said it refused to recognize…

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Russian Orthodox Church says it has done its utmost to avoid rupture with Constantinople

Russian Orthodox Church says it has done its utmost to avoid rupture with Constantinople

Chairman of Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal department for the Church’s relations with society and the mass media Vladimir Legoyda © Sergey Fadeichev/TASS/Archive MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox Church has done its utmost to avoid the rupture of relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople but it was the only right decision, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal department for the Church’s relations with society and mass media Vladimir Legoyda told TASS on Monday. “I think the Russian Orthodox Church has done its utmost to avoid that. I believe we have nothing to blame ourselves for as we gave no grounds for such actions, which have…

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Russian Orthodox Church believers not to be allowed to worship on Mount Athos

Russian Orthodox Church believers not to be allowed to worship on Mount Athos

MOSCOW, October 15. /TASS/. Russian Orthodox Church believers will not be able to worship and receive communion at Mount Athos churches and cathedrals because of the severance of relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Alexander Volkov, press secretary to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, told TASS on Monday. “Mount Athos is the canonical territory of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople with all that it implies,” he said, adding that the rupture of relations between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that was announced by the Russian Orthodox Church’s Synod earlier on Monday means that from…

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