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As St Petersburg’s cathedral reopens, Orthodox mark Christmas swimming in frigid waters and praying for migrants
For the first time since the Russian Revolution, St Isaac Cathedral in St Petersburg, the world’s largest Orthodox church, opens on Christmas Eve. In Istanbul, the faithful leap into the frigid waters of the Golden Horn to retrieve a wooden cross thrown by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. In Moscow Kirill calls for peace in Ukraine, whilst in Greece people pray for the victims of human trafficking.
Ukraine and Russia celebrate a wartime Christmas
In the Donbass region, parishes cancelled Vigil celebrations, holding liturgical services only today. Moscow patriarch focused his message on peace in Ukraine. He also urged the faithful to be orthodox in everyday life, not only in public opinion polls.
Inter-religious solidarity for quake and tsunami victims
Orthodox celebrate Christmas
The Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations play a crucial role in society, says Putin. Some 11,000 people attended Midnight Mass at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.
Concerts and e-cards: the mission to explain the birth of Jesus in China
Protestant congregations used social media and e-invitations to draw family and friends to events on 24 and 25 December. Artistic performances and concerts are tools “to spread the Gospel”. Slides and carols express the true meaning of Christmas. “Snow? Gifts?” The real meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus.
Muslim commitment ensures peaceful Christmas
Representatives of the country’s most influential Muslim organizations participated in Christmas celebrations held by Christians and supplied 1,500 volunteers to patrol places of worship.
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