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A glorious celebration was held on Thursday at the Monastery of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church, as His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye led the Divine Liturgy for the feast of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and New Martyr and the Nun Barbara.
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A Tomos of Schism instead of a Tomos of Unification
Alexei Smirnov

The true reason is that the calculated actions of Bartholomew in Ukraine fully fit into the long-term strategy of the Phanar which is aimed at strengthening the position of the Constantinople Patriarchate and establishing its authority over the other Local Orthodox Churches.
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According to data from the interactive map showing parish transitions from the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Chruch to the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU), no parishes have joined the schismatic structure in the past 2.5 months.
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Two men were tonsured into monasticism at Holy Trinity Monastery, the spiritual center of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, in Jordanville, New York, on July 8, the feast of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God.
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The Holy Provincial Synod of Crete has expressed its deep condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Suzanne Eaton, a 60-year-old American scientist who was raped and murdered on July 2 while attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy on the island.
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Thanks to an annual competition held by the Russian Orthodox Church and the Federal Penitentiary Service (FPS), prisoners have the opportunity to speak about their Orthodox faith and reveal their inner world through iconography and art.
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A team of students from the History and Geography Department of the Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University in Chişinău discovered a 16th-century bronze icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker while searching for traces of the great ditch that surrounded the fortress and to identify the underground constructions within the perimeter of the fortress.
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Fr. Pavel was a unique example of an outstanding philosopher and theologian, scientists and engineer-inventor, philologist and mathematician, encyclopedist and art theorist.
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Abbess Elikonida (Lysenko)

Abbess Elikonida (Lysenko) of St. John’s Convent speaks about the “non-coincidental” coincidences through which the all-powerful providence of God manifests itself in human destinies.
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The American government’s support for, and further, its role in the creation of the new schismatic church in Ukraine has been openly acknowledged on both the American and Ukrainian side, though the Patriarchate of Constantinople continues to deny that there was any political influence on its decision to create it and grant it a tomos of autocephaly.

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