Ethiopian Orthodox Epiphany Added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Menetasnot Desta – (Chief Administrator – OCP Amharic Service) – OCP News Service - 15/12/2019 Addis Ababa-Ethiopia: UNESCO announced the addition of the Epiphany Celebration of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to its 'intangible heritage list' on 11th December 2019. Following the UNESCO announcement, a press release was made in Addis Ababa by His Holiness Abune Mathias ...

Muslim Prayer Call as Part of ‘Diversity Event’ in Swedish Church Raises Eyebrows

Sputniknews - 15/12/2019 The Church of Sweden, Europe's largest Lutheran denomination, has been leaking members at an alarming rate in recent years. Korpilombolo church in Pajala Municipality in northern Sweden has held an Islamic prayer call as part of an event called the European Festival of the Night. The Muslim prayer call was part of the performance called ...

‘Paradise’ Lost: LGBT Altar Removed From Swedish Church After Only Ten Days

Sputinknews - 15/12/2019 Barely a fortnight ago, the controversial LGBT painting called "Paradise" was hailed for “making history” and revered as a milestone in the church's acceptance of sexual minorities. Now it's removed for sending the wrong signal about transsexuals, as it depicted the Serpent as a transsexual woman. After only ten days, St. Paul's church in ...

Serbian Patriarch Irinej Received in Audience Principals of Belgrade Schools

Church of Serbia - 15/12/2019 His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, hosted a reception for principals of elementary and secondary schools in the territory of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 12 December 2019. The festive reception began with Lord's Prayer sung by a choir of students from the Faculty of Theology ...

Meltho Calendar 2020 on Liturgical Seasons, History of Icons Released

Chief Editor - OCP News Service - 15/12/2019 BENGALURU-INDIA: HG Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Bengaluru Diocese Metropolitan, Indian (Malankara) Orthodox Church, launched the Meltho calendar for 2020 on December 7, 2019 (Sunday), at St Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral, Hosur Road. Fr Varghese P Idichandy, Vicar/President, St George Orthodox Church & Pilgrim Centre, Indiranagar, has led the concept and ...

Remembering Fr. Alexander Schmeman

SVOTS - 15/12/2019 A Remembrance of Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann by Protodeacon Peter Danilchik, Seminary Trustee Emeritus My first interaction with Fr Alexander Schmemann occurred fifty-two years ago in September 1966 when I was an engineering graduate student at Syracuse University. A parishioner at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Syracuse gave me several back copies of St Vladimir’s ...