Ethiopian Minister Request British Museum to Return Replicas of the Ark of Covenant and Other Manuscripts

Menetasnot Desta  – Chief Administrator of the OCP Amharic Service- OCP News Service – 22/3/19 London-UK: Ethiopian Minister of Culture and Ark of Covenant Tourism- Dr. Hirut Kassaw requested the Museums (Victoria and Albert Museum) to return 11 replicas of the Ark of the Covenant, (which are currently held at the Museum), emphasizing that the Arks ...

Conflicts Among Churchgoers in Ukraine: Violent Transfers to the OCU not Covered by the State and the Media

Nadia Bazuk - OCP News Service - 22/3/19 Interactive maps on several websites show that within three months there have been more than 500 voluntary transfers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate’s (UOC-MP) parishes to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine which was recently created by Patriarch Bartholomew and president Poroshenko. The UOC-MP parishes total ...

Comment by Archbishop Angaelos on a Home Office Response to an Iranian Asylum Seeker

Coptic Orthodox Church UK - 22/3/19 It is with great concern that I read reports from various sources yesterday regarding a letter from the Home Office rejecting an Iranian asylum seeker, and convert to Christianity, based on, at best a complete and utter misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Christian Scripture, and at worst an intentional manipulation of ...

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin Visits the Baptismal Site at Jordan River

The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 21/3/19 On Tuesday, March 19, His Excellency Mr. Reuven Rivlin, the President of the State of Israel met with the Heads of Churches, visiting the Baptismal Site Qasr Al-Yehud at the Jordan River near Jericho. His Eminence Archbishop Sevan Gharibian, the Grand Sacristan, the Very Reverend Father Koryoun Baghdasarian, ...

Second Issue of the ‘The Good to Know’ Romanian Orthodox Online Magazine- March 2019

Basilica - 21/3/19 The March 2019 issue of ‘The Good to Know’ online magazine of the Basilica News Agency is now available for download. This project initially started in 2017 was named ‘The Basilica monthly review,’ and was published at the beginning of every month until its rebranding this year. What you are about to look through is the second ...

IOCC Publishes Lenten Reflections

IOCC - 21/3/19 International Orthodox Christian Charities Publishes Lenten Reflections on Service. Staffers Offer Perspectives on Vocation of Service to Others. Baltimore, Md. (March 20, 2019) – With the season of Great Lent upon us, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has published a printed booklet of weekly reflections on the theme of service as a vocation. Designed as a ...

Metropolitan Porfirije received by Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic

Church of Serbia - 21/3/19 Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana visited the President of the Government of Republic of Croatia Mr. Andrej Plenkovic at Banski Dvori in Zagreb on 18 March 2019. Prime Minister Plenkovic and Metropolitan Porfirije expressed a desire to continue dialogue and partnership between representatives of the Government and State institutions with representatives ...

Build a Dormitory for 180 Orphans

Orthodox Africa - 20/3/19 The St. Barnabas Orthodox Orphanage and the school has 180 children that it cares for. This care includes almost everything for every child: feeding them two good meals a day (the ones who would go hungry on the weekend are also fed on the weekends also), taking care of their medical needs, ...

Remembering Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko (+2015)

SVOTS - 19/3/19 March 18th, 2019 marked the fourth anniversary of the earthly departure ofProtopresbyter Thomas Hopko (March 28, 1939-March 18, 2015), Dean of SVOTS from 1992-2002. As we remember this powerful preacher and teacher, I leave you with some of his ever-insightful words for our current season, taken from his book, The Lenten Spring (SVS Press, 1983). “The lenten spring ...

A Little Goes a Long Way – IOCC in Bosnia and Herzegovina

IOCC - 19/3/19 Before the breakup of Yugoslavia, Dragan (50) managed a hotel in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina—a natural fit for his training in catering. But conflict changed everything, and it turned his family's life upside-down. Unemployment was Dragan's biggest challenge once the conflict ended, and for years he worked short-term jobs while also farming to feed ...

Celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the glorification of St John (Maximovich) begins with the visit of his reliquary to parishes in Toronto

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 19/3/2019 In 2019, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the canonization of St John (Maximovich) of Shanghai and San Francisco the Miracle-worker. The first event was the arrival of a large reliquary ...

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

Church of Serbia - 18/3/19 On the 17th of March 2019 it is 15 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes. In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them ...

The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

Church of Serbia - 18/3/19 The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine Last November the Serbian Orthodox Church was the first among the autocephalous churches to officially react at the highest level, (i.e. the Holy Assembly of Bishops) to the intentions of His Holiness the Patriarch of Constantinople who, according to ...

Nis: Scientific Conference on “Orthodox Monasticism”

Church of Serbia - March 2019 With the blessing of His Holiness the  Serbian Patriarch Irinej and of His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis a two-day conference with the theme “Orthodox monasticism” was opened in Nis under auspices of the Centre for Church Studies of Nis on 7 March 2019. The scientific conference was opened by Patriarch Irinej who evaluated development of ...

Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement meets at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

SVOTS - 15/3/19 [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] Seminarians from St. Vladimir’s, St. Tikhon’s, and Holy Cross seminaries gathered on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary March 8-11 for the Spring 2019 Conference of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM). Founded in the 1960s and revived in 2003, the OISM fosters fellowship and cooperation among Orthodox seminary and ...

God In Your Heart and In Practise: The Balance Between Attending Church and Worship

Cassie Steele – OCP News Service - 15/3/19 The number of Orthodox Christians have been steadily declining throughout the past few years. The global population of those sharing this faith amounts to only 4% now as compared to the 20% it used to have according to the Pew Research Center. One of the touted reasons for this decline is ...

“No Division within the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church” – Bishop Anba Suriel

Bishop Anba Suriel - 14/3/19 "We have read on social media concerning rumors that say that there is a division within the Holy Synod and that some bishops are plotting to overthrow His Holiness Pope Tawadros II. As a member of the Holy Synod, I have not heard of any such talk and it has no ...

The Response of Emperor Gelawdewos (Claudius) of Ethiopia to Roman Catholic Missionaries

Special Courtesy - Elais Gabrieselesie - 12/3/19 The confession of Emperor Gelawdewos (Claudius) of Ethiopia, an answer given to the Roman Catholic missionaries of the 16th C, as it is the stand of the Church. The translation isfrom Assistant Professor Lule Melaku's " History of The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church" book, page 113-115. The confession of Faith ...

In Memoriam – Fr. Hampartzoum – Chief Dragoman of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 11/3/19 +Memory Eternal+ It is with deep grief that we announce the passing away of our Chief Dragoman and a member of the St. James Brotherhood, the Very Reverend Father Hampartzoum Keshishian. Father Hampartzoum passed peacefully away in his sleep, on March 10, 2019. He was consecrated a celibate priest ...

Consecration of a New Archbishop for Youth Affairs and Religious Education – Syriac Orthodox Church

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 11/3/19 On March 9, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Severus Church in the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh – Bikfaya, Lebanon. During the Qurobo, His Holiness consecrated Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub as Archbishop, Patriarchal Vicar for the Youth affairs and Religious Education. His Holiness was ...

60th Anniversary of Devotional Life of His Eminence Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 11/3/19 On March 8, 2019, for the occasion of the sixty-years anniversary of devotional life of His Eminence Mor Theophilus Georges Saliba, Archbishop of Mount Lebanon and Tripoli, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II presided over the Holy Qurobo, which was celebrated by His Eminence in Mor Jacob of Serugh Cathedral ...