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Gerard Depardieu becomes Orthodox

The famous French actor, a citizen of Russia, Gerard Depardieu converted to Orthodoxy, the baptism ceremony took place in the Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky in the historic part of Paris, the church informs. "The baptism …

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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha

Today Muslims around the world are celebrating the Festival of the Sacrifice, Eid al-Adha, one of the most important holidays in the Muslim calendar.  On this day Muslims gather at a mosque for a common prayer and sacrifice an …

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Saudi Arabia to bar arrivals from abroad to attend haj

Saudi Arabia said it will bar arrivals from abroad to attend the haj this year due to the coronavirus, allowing only a limited number of Saudi citizens and residents to make the pilgrimage with social distancing measures enforced. …

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Over 90,000 mosques to reopen in Saudi Arabia

Over 90,000 mosques will reopen on Sunday after being sanitised, Saudi Press Agency announced. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance is all set to reopen more than 90,000 major and minor mosques across the Kingdom, …

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Turkey under curfew across country on first day of Eid

Turkey has entered the Eid al-Fitr celebrations on the second day of a four-day nationwide curfew on May 24, beginning May 22 midnight to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Hurriyet daily reports. Although Turkey usually …

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Kadyrov congratulates muslims on Eid al-Fitr

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, congratulated Muslims on the occasion of Uraza Bairam in a video-message in the Chechen language. The relevant video was published on his Vkontakte page, Kadyrov’s voice on the recording sounds …

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Muslims begin to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is the festival of breaking the fast that marks the end of Ramadan. This year,  Russian Muslims begin to celebrate the holiday with the sunset and continue tomorrow during the day. The Spiritual Administration of …

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Mehriban Aliyeva congratulates Muslims with Ramadan

First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva congratulated the people of Azerbaijan and all Muslims of the world on the beginning of the month of Ramadan. The corresponding message was posted on her official Instagram page. …

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Holy Fire reaches Moscow

At the Vnukovo airport, a special board landed with the Holy Fire from Jerusalem. The shrine from Israel was delivered by a delegation of the Andrew the First-Called Foundation. The Holy Fire will be transferred to the Cathedral of …

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Russian ambassador in Jerusalem receives Holy Fire

For the first time in ten centuries, the Holy Fire ceremony took place behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III  passed the lit fire to the servants of the Greek Church and …

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Orthodox Christians mark Epiphany

Worshippers across Russia and Eastern Europe have been braving icy waters for Epiphany, one of the most important holidays in the Orthodox Christian calendar, BBC reports. Celebrated on 19 January, Epiphany commemorates the baptism of …

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