Top News from Orthodox Media from November 4 to 11

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On November 4, Russia celebrated the national holiday - Unity Day, commemorating the liberation of Moscow by the people's militia led by Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky from foreign intervention in 1612.

On the same day, the Church observes the day of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. Patriarch Kirill performed a liturgy in the Assumption Cathedral of the Kremlin and presented an ancient image of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God - a copy of the miraculous icon lost in 1904, in honor of which the church holiday was established. The miraculous Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, acquired, was returned to its historical place by Patriarch Kirill - the Kazan Cathedral on Red Square.

During his visit to Argentina, Serbian Patriarch Porfirije consecrated the new church of the Serbian Church in the city of Resistencia. The Church of the Holy Trinity began construction in 2018 on donations from the local Orthodox community. Clergy from the parishes of the Serbian and Russian Orthodox Churches in Latin America participated in the consecration of the Serbian church.

The General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine has charged the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in absentia with encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine and justifying the actions of the Russian Federation. According to the Security Service of Ukraine, criminal cases have been opened against 70 priests of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), including 16 metropolitans, since February 2022.

This week, a court in Ukraine rejected the appeal of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), which sought to overturn the decision to rename it, paving the way for the UOC's ban. According to a law adopted in 2018, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is required to change its name to the "Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine." Meanwhile, the country's parliament is considering a law that could ban the activities of the UOC if Ukrainian authorities conclude that it is connected to Russia.

Also this week, Ukrainian law enforcement conducted searches in two churches of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Zakarpattia region and in the Banchensky Monastery in the Chernivtsi region. The abbot of the monastery, Metropolitan Banchensky Longin, called the incident an attack and recorded a video address to the believers, emphasizing that his Church needs "worldwide assistance."

The glorification of two new saints of the Antiochian Church took place on November 4 during the liturgy at the Church of the Holy Cross in Damascus. In October, the Holy Synod of Antioch decided to recognize as saints the priest Nicholas Hashsh and his son Habib Hashsh, two Damascus priests who suffered a martyr's death for their faith in the last century. The tradition of the martyrdom of the two priests has been preserved in the Antiochian Church for decades.

A new saint was glorified in the Orthodox Church in America. This week, the Holy Synod of the OCA decided to canonize the Blessed Matushka Olga, who has been venerated for many years as a protector of women who have experienced violence. Mother Olga, of Eskimo-Yupik descent, lived in Kwigillingok, Alaska. Her husband was a priest, and Olga herself was known for her care for the sick and needy. For her tireless care for others, Mother Olga was called the "new righteous Tabitha."

The Jerusalem Church stated that the churches in Gaza will not close during the hostilities. Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem said that the churches of the Jerusalem Church will be open constantly to serve as shelters for all residents of Gaza.

The Armenian Church intends to preserve the Artsakh Diocese in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Supreme Spiritual Council of the Armenian Church emphasized the need to preserve Armenian monuments, shrines, and cemeteries from destruction and possible encroachments by Azerbaijan. In addition, the Church announced its readiness to help refugees from Nagorno-Karabakh improve living conditions and find employment.

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