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Russian Patriarch Awards Honour to Moldovan President

Russian Patriarch Kirill presented President Igor Dodon with a Russian religious order on Wednesday on the first day of the Moldovan leader's official visit to Moscow.

"His Holiness gave me the Order of St. Sergius de Radonezh, in the second degree, for the active support shown for the public initiatives of the Orthodox Church in Moldova," Dodon wrote on Facebook.

Romania Referendum: Constitutional Ban on Same Sex-marriage Fails due to Low Turnout

A referendum to change Romania's constitution to stop same-sex couples from securing the right to marry has failed after it did not attract enough voters to validate the result. 

The two-day vote aimed to change the constitution to define marriage strictly as between a man and a woman. 

Patriarch repeats stance on autocephaly of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios made it clear on Sunday that he would not change his stance as regards supporting autocephaly for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, stressing that the Istanbul-based seat of the patriarchate will neither issue threats nor respond to them.