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 ...

Tactics of double standards: how USA interferes in life of Orthodox Church

Ex-US Ambassador to Ukraine, US Ambassador to Greece Jeffrey Payette

Union of Orthodox Journalists - 11/3/19 What is behind the concern of US officials about the rights of the Orthodox? At the Athens conference on disinformation and news manipulation held on March 5, the ex-US Ambassador to Ukraine and now the Ambassador to Greece Jeffrey Payette made a strong statement about Russia’s efforts to undermine the authority ...

Raymond Ibrahim and Glenn Beck on Muslim-American Politicians

Raymond Ibrahim - 11/3/19 I appeared on Glenn Beck TV. We discussed Islamic tactics of deception and subversion in the context of U.S. politicians, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. We also discussed similar patterns throughout history in the context of my recent book, Sword and Scimitar, which Glenn called “a great book,” adding, “I recommend it, ...

Armenian Orthodox Patriarch Mesrob II Mutafyan of Constantinople Enters Eternal Rest

The Late Lamented Patriarch-Archbishop Mesrob II Mutafyan of Constantinople

OCP News Service - 8/3/19 +Memory Eternal+ Constantinople-Turkey: His Beatitude Archbishop-Patriarch Mesrob II Mutafyan of Constantinople of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church has entered eternal rest at the age of 62. He was the 84th Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople, which is one of two regional Sees (other being Jerusalem) of the Armenian Orthodox Church. Patriarch Mesrob II Mutafyan ...

Is Orthodox Church “unity” with Catholics linked to bishop’s murder?

The Late Lamented Bishop Anba Epiphanius – Abbot of the Monastery of St. Macarius

Pakistan Christian Post- Dr. Ashraf Ramelah- 8/3/19 The circumstances surrounding last month’s murder trial where two monks were found guilty for last summer’s killing of Bishop Epiphanius, head of the Orthodox Abu Makar Monastery, are troubling. They have revealed how Arab-Muslim Bedouins and the Coptic pope of the Egyptian Orthodox Church benefited from the sordid ordeal. ...

OCP Delegate Solomon Kibriye Decorated with the Order of the Commander of the Star of Ethiopia

Deacon Solomon Kibriye Prince Ermias and Princess Saba. Photo - Taylor Branson Reed.

OCP News Service - Edited by Archdeacon Tesfa Michael Willaims - 8/3/19 USA: Deacon Solomon Kibriye - Chief Editor of Ethiopian Affairs at the Editorial Board of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (Pan-Orthodox Christian Society) was decorated with the prestigious Order of Commander of the Star of Ethiopia by the Crown Council of Ethiopia and the International Society ...

Orthodox Christian Leadership Group Gathers to Plan Future

SVOTS- 7/3/19 [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] The board of the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative (OCLI) convened in Houston, TX in February to discuss the mission and future of OCLI and its work in the Orthodox Church. Sponsored by the Orthodox Vision Foundation and graciously hosted at The Saint Constantine School, the gathering allowed for fruitful discussion, the establishment of purpose, ...

29 Years since the Episcopal consecration of HB Romanian Patriarch Daniel

Basilica News Agency- 6/3/19 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel celebrates on 4 March 2019 his 29th anniversary of episcopal consecration. HB Romanian Patriarch Daniel was born on 22 July 1951, to parents Alexe and Stela Ciobotea, in Dobreşti village, Bara commune, county of Timiş. He was baptized Dan-Ilie. EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1958 – 1962 – he attends the primary school ...