Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of the Russian Federation

Church of Serbia - 31/12/16 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. AleksanderChepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 29th November 2016. During the audience, Ambassador Chepurin congratulated His Holiness a forthcoming joyful holiday of the Nativity of the Lord wishing him many fruitful years in his Patriarchal ministry. ...

Celebration of Saint Spiridon the Wonderworker in Trieste

Church of Serbia - 31/12/16 The Patron Saint-day of the church of Saint Spiridon in Trieste was solemly celebrated with the participation of His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and of the competent Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland. The solemn Vesper service was served by Metropolitan Porfirije with the concelebration of archimandrite Grigorios Miliaris, the principal of the Greek ...

1 Christian killed for their faith every 6 minutes in 2016 – study

RT.com - 31/12/16 Ninety thousand Christians were murdered for their faith around the globe this year, which amounts to one being killed every six minutes, Italy’s CESNUR religious study group said. Christians are now the most persecuted religious group in the world, Massimo Introvigne, director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), told Vatican Radio. According to ...

‘Vatican does nothing against drugs here, just collects money at mass’ – Duterte

RT.com - 31/12/16 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has criticized the Catholic Church for attacking his human rights record, saying it has done nothing for drug addicts in the Philippines except collect money. He then offered his own version of what religion should be. The spat between the institution and Duterte continues, following a photo exhibition the Vatican ...

Inaugural Met Kallistos Lecture (January 13 – 2017)

SVOTS- 31/12/16 On Friday, January 13, 2017, Archpriest John Behr, dean and professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, will present his inaugural lecture as holder of the Metropolitan Kallistos Chair in Orthodox Theology at the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology (ACOT) in the Vrije Universiteit (VU). Father John’s lecture, titled, “The Paschal Gospel: Reading John in Early and Eastern Christianity,” will be posted on ...

Orthodox Music: Past, Present, and Future ( January 20 – 2017)

St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary - 31/12/16 On Friday, January 20, 2017, at 7 p.m., Fr. Ivan Moody will share his thoughts on the past, present, and future of Orthodox music during an informal conversation with St. Vladimir’s Seminary faculty: Harrison Russin, lecturer in Liturgical Music, and Robin Freeman, director of Music. The event is free ...

THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FOREFATHERS IN THE VILLAGE OF THE SHEPHERDS

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 31/12/16 On Sunday, the 12th/25th of December 2016, the memory of the Forefathers of Christ, especially Abraham the Patriarch, was celebrated in the Village of the Shepherds where the shepherds had heard the angelic hymn “Glory be to God in the highest heaven” and were urged to go to Bethlehem, present-day Beit ...

THE FEAST OF ST SPYRIDON AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 31/12/16 On Sunday, the 12th/25th of December 2016, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of St Spyridon, Bishop of Trimythounta, at the Monastery dedicated to his name, by the wall of Damascus Gate, on the inside. Vespers and the divine Liturgy were led by Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis, who had as concelebrants Archimandrite Makarios ...

HIS BEATITUDE THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM ADDRESSES THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF THE NEW YEAR 2017

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 31/12/16 At noon of Tuesday, the 14th/27th of December 2016, the Church Leaders of the Holy Land met with the President of the state of Israel, Mr Reuven Rivlin at the Presidential Palace on the occasion of the New Year 2017. The meeting, established decades ago, takes place on the beginning of every ...

St John the Russian Parish in Ipswich, MA, Hosts a Missionary Event Drawing 300 People (Photo-Report)

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 31/12/16 With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Orthodox Church of St John the Russian in Ipswich, MA, hosted its 6th ...

Prayer of Thanks and Pomegranate Blessing

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 31/12/16 Under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, a Prayer of Thanks Pomegranate-blessing service will be offered for the New Year. The service will be offered at midnight on the Eve of the New Year in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin ...

ARCHAEOLOGISTS DISCOVER MYSTERIOUS NEW DEAD SEA SCROLLS

Pravoslavie.ru - 31/12/16 New scrolls have been found on the territory of the Cave of Skulls in the mountainous area not far from the Dead Sea. Archaeologists discovered the scroll fragments, although the language in which the ancient texts are written is unknown to linguists, reports TsarGrad. So far it has been established that they are not related ...

ANTIOCHIAN BISHOP: WE SUPPORT THE CANONICAL CHURCH IN UKRAINE AND PRAY THAT PHILARET WOULD COME TO REASON

Pravoslavie.ru - 31/12/16 We support the canonical Church in Ukraine and pray that Philaret would come to his senses and return to its womb, says Bishop Qais (Sadiq) of Erzurum, vicar to Antiochian Patriarch John X, in an interview with the Synodal Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. On the question of what role the state plays ...

Second Edition of On-Line Music Journal Now Available

  ISOCM - 30/12/2016 Joensuu, Finland – The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM) is pleased to announce the publication of the second issue of its peer-reviewed online journal (JISOCM). The second edition of the JISOCM features research papers about Orthodox church music in the wider Greek and Russian chant traditions, two articles dealing with important aspects ...

Pope Reportedly Knew Priest Accused of Raping Children Two Years Before Arrest

Sputniknews - 29/12/16 Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic clergy failed to take action to sanction Rev. Nicola Corradi, the 82-year old priest arrested in late November on charges of sexually abusing deaf children, despite knowing of Carradi’s alleged exploits, according to an Argentine prosecutor. At least 24 students of the Antonio Provolo Institute for the hearing ...

‘Divorce’ Between Norwegian Church, State Rewards Religious Minorities

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Sputniknews - 29/12/16 At the turn of the year, Norway will formalize the separation of church and state that was initiated eight years ago by parliament. In 2017, 1,250 Norwegian priests and bishops will cease to be government officials appointed by the king, and the Church of Norway will become an independent business. "We are facing the ...

The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Marks 30 Years

Western American Diocese - Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - 29/12/16 On Sunday the 2nd of October, 2016, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western American and His Grace THEODOSY Bishop of Seattle made a pastoral visit to the All-Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island, WA, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary its founding. Originating in ...

Holy Trinity Seminary Press Presents a New Book in Lebanon

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 29/12/16 With the blessing and under the patronage of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, the staff of Holy Trinity Publications in Jordanville, NY, participated in a week of festivities culminating in the patronal ...

The Monastery of Agios Pavlos (St Paul)

Holy Monastery of Vatopedi – The Orthodox Christian Monastic Republic of Mount Athos – December 2016 The monastery was founded shortly before 980 and was called St Paul’s or Xeropotamou. The founder seems to have been the prominent monk Paul, who also founded the Monastery of St Nicephoros, also, and still, known as Xeropotamou. In the ...

Deputy President of the Ruska Duma in the church of Saint Sava

Church of Serbia - 28/12/16 Deputy President of the Russian State Duma and high official of the party “United Russia” Mr. Sergej Zeleznyak visited the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in the Vracar Districkt accompanied by Mr. Marko Djuric, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on ...

Syrian Minister of Endowment and Muslim Scholars Offer Christmas Wishes

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 28/12/16 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Excellency Dr. Mohammad Abdelsattar Al-Sayed, Syrian Minister of Endowments, accompanied by a group of Muslim Scholars, who came to offer congratulatory wishes on the occasion of Christmas at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma, Damascus. His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in ...