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The Shroud of Turin: 7 intriguing facts

The Shroud of Turin: 7 intriguing facts

The Shroud of Turin is a 14-foot linen cloth bearing an image of a crucified man that has become a popular Catholic icon. For some, it is the authentic burial shroud of Jesus Christ. For others, it is a religious icon reflecting the story of …

Orthodox Christians mark Epiphany

Orthodox Christians mark Epiphany

Worshippers across Russia and Eastern Europe have been braving icy waters for Epiphany, one of the most important holidays in the Orthodox Christian calendar, BBC reports. Celebrated on 19 January, Epiphany commemorates the baptism of …

Georgian President to pardon inmates on Orthodox Christmas

Georgian President to pardon inmates on Orthodox Christmas

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili will issue a pardon decree on Orthodox Christmas on January 7 after a several-month moratorium on acts of amnesty. Zurabishvili earlier declared a moratorium on pardoning prisoners …

Baku 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders adopts declaration

Baku 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders adopts declaration

The document emphasizes that Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the development of international cooperation, formation of religion-state relations, the strengthening of inter-civilization and interreligious relations, the protection of …

Baptism ceremony held in Tbilisi

Baptism ceremony held in Tbilisi

The 60th baptism ceremony was held at Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in Tbilisi yesterday. A total of 800 infants have become godchildren of Georgian Patriarch Ilia II at 20:00 local time. The …

Kazakh president extends Christmas greetings

Kazakh president extends Christmas greetings

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev extended his Christmas greetings to the Orthodox Christians of the country, according to the press service of Akorda. "Dear compatriots! Congratulations on the bright holiday …

Russia celebrates Christmas

Russia celebrates Christmas

Today Orthodox Christians are celebrating Christmas, one of the biggest and most ancient Christian holidays. The main solemn service was held in the Christ the Savior Cathedral by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia on the …

Patriarch of Constantinople legalizes Ukrainian schismatics

Patriarch of Constantinople legalizes Ukrainian schismatics

A "unification council" naming Epiphany Dumenko as head of the new "autocephalous church" was held in Kiev in December on the initiative of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew, Sputnik …

Georgia's Patriarch Ilia II turns 86

Georgia's Patriarch Ilia II turns 86

Georgian Patriarch Ilia II turned 86 today. Georgian top officials have congratulated the patriarch on the day, wished him health and long live. Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze wrote that …

Georgia celebrating St. George's Day - Giorgoba

Georgia celebrating St. George's Day - Giorgoba

Today Georgia is celebrating one of the most important religious holidays in the country - the St. George's Day or Giorgoba. Festive services, dedicated to this day, are held in all the acting churches of Georgia. Especially this …

Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople

Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has ruled that further Eucharistic ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople are impossible, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations …