Te Deum Service and Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Honour of the Founders of the Union of 1859

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - January 2017 The events dedicated to the 158th anniversary of the Union of the Romanian Principalities (1859) began Tuesday morning with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. Next, His Grace Varlaam of Ploiești, Assistant Bishop to the Patriarch, officiated Jan. 24 a Te Deum service ...

Sacred Heritage: Orthodox Shrines in Russia’s Karelia

Sputniknews - 28/1/17 Photos-© SPUTNIK/ ILYA TIMIN The Republic of Karelia is a popular destination not only for traditional tourism and recreation, but also for pilgrimages, too. One can find many monasteries and holy places here in this peaceful land of swamps and forests. Among the pilgrims, Karelia is considered a place you should definitely visit. Here ...

HIS BEATITUDE THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM THEOPHILOS’ ADDRESS AT THE TOWN HALL OF JERUSALEM

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The Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 28/1/17 On Wednesday evening 12th/25th January 2017, a reception by the Mayoralty of Jerusalem took place at the Town Hall, on the occasion of the Civic New Year 2017. At this reception, the Mayor of Jerusalem Mr. Nir Barkat addressed the guests, Leaders of the Christian Churches of Jerusalem or their representatives, ...

Serbian Royals Honored in NYC

Church of Serbia - January 2017 On Thursday, January 17th, 2017 His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America hosted a gathering in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth, who was visiting from Belgrade, together with the Executive Officer of the Princess’ Serbian Foundation, Mr Dragan Babic. Joining them were her nephew, His Royal Highness Prince Dimitri, ...

Serbian Prime Minister Vucic visits the church of All Saints in Minsk

Church of Serbia - 28/1/19 President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic visited the church of All Saints in Minsk on 27 January 2017, where he talked with the clergy, which presented to him a big icon of John the Baptist - the gift for the Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade.  Serbian Prime ...

Reception in Honor of the Diplomatic Body in Syria

Syriac Orthodox Church - 28/1/7 On the occasion of the new year 2017, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Charge d’Affaires and Diplomatic Representatives to a Formal Reception at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma. The reception was attended by their Excellencies: Mario Cardinal Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, and the ambassadors ...

Inauguration of a Sayfo Monument in Detroit – Michigan

Syriac Orthodox Church - 28/1/17 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated a Sayfo Monument in commemoration of the Syriac Genocide at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Detroit – Michigan. The ceremony was attended by His Eminence Mor Dionysius John Kawak, Patriarchal Vicar for the Eastern USA as well as the clergy and the Board ...

The Festival of Timket – 2017

Eotcmk.org - 26/1/17 ‘Timket’ is a Ge’ez word meaning “immersion in water” similar to the Baptism of Jesus Christ. The word also denotes epiphany which is driven from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning “appearance”. The annual Timket celebration is held across Ethiopia on Tir 11 E.C (January 19 G.C) with processions of priests carrying replicas of the ...

Fire Destroys a Prominent Gubae Bet in Gojam

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Eotcmk.org - January 2017 ‘Qenie Misikir Guba’e Bet’ (School of Excellence of Ge’ez Poem), established in Chegode Hana, Quarit Wereda parish at Fengetta kebele in the West Gojam Diocese of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, was destroyed in a fire accident that started in the morning of January 15, 2017. This Qine Misikir Guba’e Bet  - a ...

NEW WESTERN RITE MONASTERY PLANNED FOR LOUISIANA

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Pravoslavie.ru - 26/1/17 With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, plans are underway to open a new Western Rite monastery in Louisiana. As Archpriest Mark Rowe, Dean of ROCOR Western Rite communities, writes, the monastery will be in the Benedictine tradition, under the patronage of Our ...

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: The Patriarch of Solidarity

Interviews with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew By Marianne Ejdersten* (Courtesy of the World Council of Churches) He earned the title “Green Patriarch” as a religious leader addressing alarming environmental issues over at least two decades. In 2008, Time Magazine named His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew as one of 100 Most Influential People in the World, for “defining environmentalism as ...

GEORGIA’S TSILKANI MOTHER OF GOD COMPLEX GIVEN STATUS OF CULTURAL MONUMENT OF NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

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Pravoslavie.ru - 26/1/17 The Tsilkani Mother of God architectural complex, in the ancient Orthodox nation of Georgia, has been granted the status of an immovable monument of culture of national significance. The assignment was initiated by the Ministry of Culture and the monument’s preservers, and accepted by Georgian authorities, reports Blagovest. The complex currently serves as the ...

Patriarch-Archbishop Nourhan Manougian leads Armenian Orthodox Epiphany Celebrations at Jordan River

Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 26/1/17 Sunday the 22nd of January we celebrated the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ at the banks of the Jordan River, near Jericho. The Ceremony was led by Patriarch-Archbishop Nourhan Manougian of Jerusalem. A large number of Armenians, both local and non-locals joined the annual pilgrimage on both sides of ...

The Meetings of the Central Councils of the Church Assembly and the Sub-Councils of Religious Affairs and Laity of the Catholicosate of Cilicia Conclude

ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org - 26/1/17 The three-day meeting, scheduled 18-20 January 2016 and presided over by Catholicos Aram I, concluded with recommendations on the 19 items on the agenda, which address different manifestations of the mission of the Catholicosate of Cilicia. The three bodies met separately, as joint groups, and in plenary, depending on the topics. After welcoming the members ...

Life of Our Holy Father Sava I

Church of Serbia - 26/1/17 Enlightener and First Archbishop of the Serbs (+1235) Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 He Serbian Grand Zhupan (Patriarchal leader) Stephen Nemanja had two sons, Stephen and Vukan; yet, he and his wife Anna desired, if it be ...

LOI Committee excited by the future

Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative - 25/1/17 The LOI does much of its organization during a 3-day residential committee each year. We met at the Coptic Centre, Stevenage, from 16-18 January, at the kind invitation of His Grace Bishop Angaelos. The welcoming environment and home cooking provided an excellent setting for us to pray, think, and discuss together. Among other ...

His Beatitude John X presides the Divine Liturgy in the presence of the new Orthodox ministers of the Lebanese government

Antiochpatriarchate - January 2017 His Beatitude John X the patriarch of Antioch and all the East, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Balamand for the first time after Christmas and the New Year, and was helped by the rev. priests and deacons. The following orthodox ministers in the Lebanese government were present: - His Excellency Mr. Gassan Hasbany: Health ...

Duterte accuses Catholic Church of being ‘full of sh*t’

RT.com - 25/1/17 Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has unleashed his colorfully-worded wrath on the Catholic Church again, saying the organization is corrupt, “full of sh*t,” and accusing priests of sexual abuse. Duterte on Tuesday accused the Church and its bishops and priests of corruption, womanizing and said he was abused by a priest as a student of ...

PMG Chair of M.G. University Honours Orthodox Journalist Joice Thottackad

OCP News Service - 25/1/17 Writings of Joice Thottackad The Paulose Mar Gregorious Chair of the Mahatma Gandhi University has honoured Joice Thottackad (renowned Orthodox Christian Journalist in India) for his outstanding contributions in the field of Orthodox Christian publishing. Joice Thottackad has made an enormous effort in publishing and popularizing the teachings of the late lamented ...

NOVICE MONK GOES MISSING ON MT. ATHOS

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Pravoslavie.ru - 25/1/17 The search is ongoing to locate a 43-year-old Ukrainian novice monk who went missing while visiting Mt. Athos, reports Romfea. Police report that the novice was hosted in a cell, then on January 16 set out to visit an acquaintance in Karakallou Monastery, one of the mountain’s twenty ruling monasteries. The surrounding area was experiencing ...