“Reach out to Your Orthodox Brethren” OCP Secretary to the Sharjah Indian Orthodox Community

Prakash Varghese- OCP Delegate of Gulf, Levant and All Middle East OCP News Service - 31/1/17 Sharjah-United Arab Emirates – Secretary of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (Pan-Orthodox Christian organization) spoke on the need for Pan-Orthodox Unity at St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Malankara Church in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. George was invited as the Chief Guest at the ...

“God instructs us to provide refuge and hospitality to all humanity indiscriminately” – Bishop Angaelos

Coptic Orthodox Church UK- Media and Communications Office - 31/1/17 The current state of geo-politics and the numerous terrorist attacks around our world in recent months have led to a growing uncertainty and global anxiety with regards to both internal and external security. This concern has prompted debates on the need for vigilance, the safeguarding of ...

Report on Assyrians Under Kurdish Rule in Northeastern Syria

Assyrian Confederation of Europe - 31/1/17 Syria's disintegration as a result of the Syrian Civil War created the conditions for the rise of Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria, specifically in the governorates of Al-Hasakah and Aleppo. This region, known by Kurds as 'Rojava' ('West', in West Kurdistan), came under the control of the Kurdish socialist Democratic Union ...

Roman Catholic – Oriental Orthodox Dialogue – 2017

MOTV - 31/1/17 The 14th meeting of the International Joint Commission For Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and Oriental Orthodox Churches took place in Rome from January 22-27 2017, hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Representatives of the following Oriental Orthodox Churches took part in the conference.  The Coptic Orthodox Church, the Syriac ...

Serbian Patriarch celebrated Divine Liturgy at St Sava’s Cathedral

Church of Serbia - 30/1/17 His Holiness the Serbian Patriarh Irinej officiated the Divine Liturgy in the crypt of the memorial St. Sava’s Cathedral in Belgrade on the 27th January, 2017, the feast-day of the First Serbian Archbishop and Illuminator. A multitude of faithful attended this solemn hierarchal service, among whom quite a number of pious people ...

The Military High School in Belgrade marked St. Sava’s feast-day on the 27th of January

Church of Serbia - 30/1/17 The solemnity took place in the Solemn Hall of the Military High School (Gymansium), where the rite of blessing Patron’s cake and wheat was performed by archpriest Ilija Smigic, Principal of the church of Holy Gabriel (declared by the Serbian Patriarch as a church serving for students of this secondary school ...

Celebration of Saint Sava at the Faculty of Theology

Church of Serbia - 30/1/17 The Saint Sava Academy was attended by Serbian Patriarch Irinej, representatives of the Belgrade University and Catholic Faculties of Theology from Ljubljana and Zagreb. The Feast-day of Saint Sava, the first Serbian Archbishop, was celebrated prayerfully in the chapel of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade on 27 January 2017, with ...

The feast-day of St. Sava celebrated in Novi Sad

Church of Serbia - 30/1/17 The Eucharistic gathering was presided over by His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Novi Sad and Bachka, with the con-celebration of Bishop Jovan (Puric) and brotherhood of the Cathedral church. In his sermon Bishop Irinej pointed out that St. Sava preferred love to Christ to anything else, and multiplied the gifts of the Holy Spirit ...

St. Sava celebrated solemnly in Zagreb

Church of Serbia - 30/1/17 His Eminence Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana Porfirius presided over the Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of the Serbian Orthodox General High School (Gymnaisum). Concelebrants to the Metropolutan were archpriest-stavrophor Marko Nogi,. prоtоsyncell Veniamin, hieromonk Dionysius from the Kovilj Monastery and deacon Branimir Jokic. The Liturgy was attended by the Zagreb faithful, pupils and ...

SVS Press Book Debuts in Russian Media

SVOTS - 30/1/17 In mid-January 2017, Archpriest Chad Hatfield, seminary president, and Deacon Gregory Hatrak, director of Marketing and Operations at SVS Press, traveled to Moscow, Russia, to attend a formal presentation of a recently released press title, Patriarch Kirill in His Own Words, in the presence of several honored guests and local media. The book, a ...

Podcast: “Orthodox Music: Past, Present & Future”

Music faculty Harrison Russin and Robin Freeman engaging famed composer and musician Fr. Ivan Moody in a public conversation about the past, present, and future of Orthodox Christian music. (photo: Mary Honoré)

SVOTS - 30/1/17 On the evening of January 20, 2017, priest and famed composer Fr. Ivan Moody shared his thoughts on the past, present, and future of Orthodox music, during a public conversation with faculty from St. Vladimir’s Seminary: Robin Freeman, director of Music, and Harrison Russin, lecturer in Liturgical Music. Father Ivan currently is a researcher at CESEM-Universidade Nova ...

Estonian Chamber Choir

SVOTS - 30/1/17 The Arvo Pärt Project (AAP) at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space will present an All-Arvo Pärt Program performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir on Wednesday, February 1, at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, NYC. The concert will be conducted by Kaspars Putninš, artistic ...

“ORTHODOX GREECE IS DYING. WE HAVE BEEN OCCUPIED WITHOUT A WAR”—MET. AMBROSE OF KALAVYRTA

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Pravoslavie.ru - 30/1/17 In a new statement, Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavyrta of the Church in Greece fervently implores his fellow countrymen and Churchmen to return to their Orthodox faith, the glory of the Greek culture. The hierarch cites several problematic issues in Greece today, including the influx of refugee-invaders, and the government’s abandonment of Orthodoxy and warm ...

Church Raized from the ruins-Interview of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania with Genc Mlloja, Albanian Daily News

The Albanian Orthodox Church - 29/1/17 Interview of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania with Genc Mlloja, Albanian Daily News.  It was the beginning of 1991 when His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana. Durres and All Albania was appointed to be Patriarchal Exarch in Albania. In an exclusive interview with Albanian Daily News ...

“Family from the Standpoint of Christianity and Islam”: Interreligious Symposium held in Tirana

The Albanian Orthodox Church - January 2017 On January 18, 2017, at the premises of Beder University in Tirana, an Interreligious Symposium was held on the theme "Family from the standpoint of Christianity and Islam". It was organized with the cooperation of three faith-associated institutions: the Department of Islamic Studies at Beder University, the Resurrection of ...

FR. MIHAI NEGREA – PROTECTOR OF ORPHANS, DEPARTS TO THE LORD

Pravoslavie.ru - 29/1/17 +Memory Eternal+ “What a painful beginning to 2017! Mourning weighs heavily upon me and the whole village of Podu Coşnei… Unfortunately, Fr. Mihai Negrea, the abbot of Podu Coşnei Monastery in the village of Poiana Stampei, left us last night... It’s a great loss for our village… May God grant your soul to rest in ...

400-YEAR-OLD BULGARIAN GOSPEL BOOK DISCOVERED IN VILLAGE CHURCH

Pravoslavie.ru - 29/1/17 Fr. Penyu Tsvyatkov Penev passed away two years ago. In going through his belongings, a rare and beautiful artifact has been found, believed to have been kept secretly and passed down for generations in the St. Elijah the Prophet Church in the town of Voynezha, near the city of Veliko Tarnovo, north central ...

WEDGE BETWEEN RUSSIANS AND UKRAINIANS IS DEVIL’S WORK—PATRIARCH KIRILL

Pravoslavie.ru - 29/1/17 In a speech to the Russian State Duma on Thursday, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill spoke of the lamentable state of relations between Russians and Ukrainians, calling those technologies and tools aimed at separating them “the devil’s art.” Rather than drifting further apart in animosity, the primate called upon both groups to preserve their brotherhood, ...

UKRAINIAN AUTHORITIES BAN RUSSIAN FILMS FROM ORTHODOX FILM FESTIVAL

Pravoslavie.ru - 29/1/17 Just a few days before the January 26 opening of an international Orthodox film festival, Ukrainian authorities announced that the screening of all Russian films would be banned, reports Interfax-Religion. Initially the Ukrainian State Committee for Cinematography banned the entire “Film Festival on the Dnieper,” believing it had discerned in it signs of propaganda ...

Hundreds protest handover of St. Petersburg’s landmark cathedral to Russian Orthodox Church

RT.com - 29/1/17 Some 2,000 people took part in a rally against the handover of St. Isaac’s Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church. Protesters fear the Church will not maintain the public museum function of the iconic building which is a popular tourist attraction. “Nearly 2,000 people have taken part in protests at the Field of Mars. ...

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Says the October Revolution Was Caused by the Spiritual Degradation of the People

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 28/1/17 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia says that the basis for the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution was the loss of spiritual values within the people of the nation. “The events of 1917 and the dramatic consequences that ...