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Olga Vinogradova Even members of Joseph Billings’ Russian expedition who arrived in Alaska in 1790 – 1791 reported about many baptized local residents and their knowledge of Orthodox traditions. It was rather surprising since back then no Orthodox priests had visited the shores of Alaska yet. So who were the first Orthodox baptizers in North America? It all started in Alaska Alaska was first reached by Russian sailors in 1732 (Fedorov - Gvozdev - Moshkov expedition) and then in 1741 - 1742 (Bering's Second Kamchatka Expedition). But there were reports that the Russians had known about its...

14.07.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Sergey Vinogradov Translation of the Holy Scriptures into Chinese is carried out by the parish of the Russian Orthodox Church in Taiwan. Over the eight-year period, a translation of the Gospel of Mark has been completed, and the Gospel of Matthew is in the process. The translators have made a basic glossary of biblical and theological terminology, and it is fair to say that they are working on the development of the Chinese Orthodox liturgical language. The rector of the Holy Cross Church in Taipei Kirill Shkarbul supervises this project. He shared with the Russkiy Mir, why this particular translation would be able to...

23.12.2020
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Religion

Sergey Vinogradov As the Russkiy Mir reported, residents of Papua New Guinea addressed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church with a collective petition to establish an Orthodox mission in their country. This proposal was put forward after Kirill Shrakbul, a priest and head of the ROC mission in Taiwan, had visited Papua New Guinea. The priest described the visit as the most successful of his missionary trips. During meetings with local residents, about a thousand Papuans declared their readiness to convert to Orthodoxy. Kirill Shrakbul told the Russkiy Mir about his trip, prospects for the Orthodox mission in Papua New...

16.09.2020
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Sergey Vinogradov As the Russkiy Mir reported, the famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence will allocate four rooms for Russian icons. The masterpieces by Russian iconographers will be exhibited for the first time in a permanent exhibition and will be included in the main itinerary of one of the oldest museums in Europe. The exposition will include 78 icons that were brought to Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries. Experts believe that the most valuable icons from the Uffizi collection were painted by Kirill Ulanov, one of the most outstanding iconographers of the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries and the master of the...

30.10.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Yuliya Goryacheva Archbishop Antony of Vienna and Budapest shared in his interview to the Russkiy Mir about activities of the Moscow Patriarchate Office for Institutions Abroad and how parishes of Russian Orthodox Church assist compatriots abroad to preserve their language and culture. – The Moscow Patriarchate Office for Institutions Abroad, which is led by you, has a very impressive range of powers: they include canonical, archpastoral, administrative, financial, and economic care of institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church abroad. And what is the geographic coverage – how many countries are...

19.11.2018
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Religion

Julia Goryacheva  On October 15, 2018, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church passed the Decree on termination of communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. This step was taken in response to attempts of Constantinople to separate the Ukrainian Church from the Moscow Patriarchate and grant it autocephaly. We turned to Nikolai Balashov, an archpriest and Deputy Head of Department for External Church Relations of the ROC. - To what extend can this religious confrontation cause threat to turn into a large-scale civil and political conflict in Ukraine? To what extend can...

27.10.2018
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Religion

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