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2011-07-13 12:10:00

MOSCOW, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following release is being issued by the World Congress of Families: "The WCF Moscow Demographic Summit: Family and The Future of Humankind" concluded with the adoption of a Declaration demanding that governments everywhere adopt pro-family demographic policies. The Declaration was adopted by participants at the June 29-30 Summit held at the Russian State Social University, Russia's largest university. Translated from Russian, The...

2011-06-10 13:19:00

ROCKFORD, Ill., June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An article in today's New York Times ("Russians Adopt U.S. Tactics in Opposing Abortion") mischaracterizes the upcoming Moscow Demographic Summit: The Family and The Future of Humankind - June 29-30 at the Russian State Social University - as "an international anti-abortion meeting." World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs, who was mentioned in The Times' story twice, set the record straight: "While it's true that...

2007-08-20 15:02:44

Text of report by Interfax-Ukraine news agency Kiev, 20 August: A brawl involving Orthodox believers and pagan fire-worshippers has taken place near the [foundations of the ruined] Desyatynna church in Kiev, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency learnt from the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate. According to the press service, "people in embroidered clothes (ritual clothes of pagans) started assembling" towads the end of the service on Sunday [19...

2006-05-12 00:31:18

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad adopted a resolution on Thursday at a historic synod that would accept the Moscow Patriarch as its head after more than 80 years of bitter separation following the Communist revolution. The 135 delegates and top church officials at only the fourth All-Diaspora Council since 1920 adopted a recommendation calling for spiritual unity with the Moscow Patriarchate but administrative autonomy, church officials...

2006-05-10 20:53:59

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, long exiled in the United States, votes on Thursday on whether to embrace the Moscow-based church it left after the 1917 Communist revolution. For his part, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, Patriarch Alexiy II, is actively encouraging the Church Abroad -- which has bishops in the United States, Germany, Australia, Russia and elsewhere -- to end the long division. "There has also grown a...

2006-05-06 11:33:58

By Adam Tanner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After atheistic Communists seized power in Russia in 1917, exiles set up the Russian Orthodox church abroad, waiting for the day that worshipers could freely practice their faith back in the motherland. Now for only the fourth time since then, the exile church was set to open an All-Diaspora Council on Saturday to discuss whether the time has come, 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to reunify with the Moscow-based church that...

2006-04-05 06:34:34

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, who has dropped his title "patriarch of the West" to boost ties with Orthodox Christians, should scrap more terms tagged to his name if he wants real progress, a senior Russian Orthodox bishop has said. Papal titles such as "vicar of Jesus Christ" or "sovereign pontiff of the universal Church" were "unacceptable, even scandalous" for the Orthodox, Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev said in a statement published this week on his...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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