Sister Alevtina, a nun of Florovsky Convent in Kiev, was found murdered in her apartment on Wednesday, Interfax-Religion was told at the Union of Christian Orthodox Brotherhoods of Ukraine.
"We know that she went to her city apartment to wash and change before undergoing a surgical operation [there is no hot water in the convent at present]. However, later her nephew found the nun's body with her hands tied and traces of torture," a spokesman said.
Kiev priest Roman Nikolayev (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate), died of gunshot wounds on Wednesday morning at the age of 40.
"The venue of the funeral service and the burial place of the newly departed priest Roman Nikolayev will be reported later," the Ukrainian Orthodox Church reported on its website.
Present at the reception were His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, permanent members of the Holy Synod, heads of the ROC synodal departments, bishops and clergy of the Moscow Patriarchate, the delegations of Local Orthodox Churches who came to Moscow for the celebrations, representatives of the traditional religions in Russia, state officials and public figures.
Reception is given on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill in honour of delegations of the Local Orthodox Churches30. July 2015 - 11:46
In the evening of 27 July 2015, after the meeting of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church with representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches who had arrived in Moscow to take part in the celebrations marking the millennium of the demise of the Holy Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, a reception was given on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill in honour of the delegations of the Local Orthodox Churches.
Among those who spoke during the reception were Metropolitan Nikodimos of Memphis (Church of Alexandria), Metropolitan Niphon of Philippopolis (Church of Antioch), Metropolitan Timotheos of Bostra (Church of Jerusalem), Bishop Vakhtang of Nikortsminda (Georgian Church), Metropolitan Amfilohije of Crna Gora and Primorje (Serbian Church), Metropolitan Nifon of Târgovişte (Romanian Church), Metropolitan Dometian of Vidin (Bulgarian Church), Bishop Nektarios of Arsinoë (Church of Cyprus), Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta (Church of Greece), Bishop Naphanael of Amantia (Albanian Church), Bishop George of Siemiatycze (Polish Church), Archbishop Juraj of Michalovce and Košice (Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia), and Archbishop Irénée of Ottawa and Canada (Orthodox Church in America). In their speeches, the representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches thanked His Holiness Patriarch Kirill for the invitation to take part in the celebrations marking the millennium of the demise of the Holy Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, and conveyed to him messages of greeting from the Primates of their Churches.
St. Barbara Chapel has been opened at the depth of 840 meters in the Expluatatsionnnaya mine in the Zaporozhye Region, Ukraine.
Bishop Yefrem of Berdyansk and Primorsk consecrated the church, the local press service reports.
The Great Martyr Barbara is a heavenly protector of coal miners.