WATCH: Spiritual Journey to Valaam Monastery in Russia’s Far North

WATCH: Spiritual Journey to Valaam Monastery in Russia’s Far North

Valaam Monastery is one of the most famous monastic settlements in Russia. It’s a place of beauty and spiritual retreat. In this documentary from RT, a British reporter takes a trip to the island, interviewing monks and pilgrims alike about why they live in or visit this remote monastic settlement....

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Stunning Photos of Valaam Monastery in Russia

Stunning Photos of Valaam Monastery in Russia

Located on the shores of Lake Lagoda, the largest lake in Europe, Valaam Monastery is a place of stunning natural beauty. It’s also one of the most famous centers of spiritual retreat and monastic life in Russia. Among its various unique traditions is the practice of photography. For generations, there...

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Not Even Grenades Could Kill Her: The Martyrdom of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna of Russia

Not Even Grenades Could Kill Her: The Martyrdom of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fyodorovna of Russia

Saint Elizabeth the New Martyr is one of the most popular recent martyrs of the Orthodox Church. A noble woman and a convert to the faith, she became a nun after her husband, the Grand Duke of Russia, was assassinated. Having given away her considerable wealth, she founded hospitals, orphanages,...

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Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Russian Rapper: Orthodox Priest Uses Hip Hop to Spread Faith

Fr. Maxim Kurlenko is a Russian Orthodox priest in a small town. But he’s also something of a minor hip hop star, at least amongst a growing number of Russians who prefer their hip hop to blend beats with some churchly exhortation — and some harsh words for the West....

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Christian Crisis in Iraq and Other International News

Christian Crisis in Iraq and Other International News

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. Segment 1: News from around the Globe Christians in Iraq Flee Ancient Homes Our top story this week. After militants belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and...

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Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Dear brothers and sisters, I address now the entire Fullness of our Church, all the peoples of historical Rus. There can be nothing more important for us today than the continuing fratricide which rages on the territory of the Ukraine, taking away ever more lives. What is happening today, primarily...

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Daily Mail: Russian Orthodox Priest Rows from Chile to Australia

Daily Mail: Russian Orthodox Priest Rows from Chile to Australia

In the tradition of other great spiritual journeys, Russian Orthodox Priest Fr. Fedor Konyukhov spent 160 days alone on the sea, relying on his faith in God to bring him and his one-man ocean row boat safely across the Pacific Ocean. ‘I did this crossing only with the help of...

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Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow on Ecumenism

Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow on Ecumenism

The recent meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in Jerusalem has met with many responses and has led to several very spirited discussions on OCN’s increasingly dynamic Facebook page. Central to these debates is the question of ecumenical relations in general: what should the Orthodox Church’s approach be...

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Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

CAPTION: Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC executive director, addresses the members of the Frontline gathered for training in Chicago, IL. He related how the work of the Frontline in the United States is an important part of the capacity of the Orthodox Church to respond to human need around the world. photo:...

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Gun Control: Orthodox Christian and NRA Perspectives

Gun Control: Orthodox Christian and NRA Perspectives

Our look at gun violence continues with week with friend-of-the show Bill Hinkle, who shares his perspective on gun violence and gun control as both an Orthodox Christian and a long-time member of the NRA. But first, this past month, a Russian Orthodox Bell was returned to Alaska after more...

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