FIRST IN 2015 SESSION OF THE HOLY SYNOD TAKES PLACE UNDER CHAIRMANSHIP OF HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL

On 5 May 2-15, the first in 2015 session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church began its work under chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Patriarchal and Synodal resident in St. Daniel’s Monastery. His Holiness greeted members of the Holy Synod with a Paschal greeting ‘Christ ...

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY, HOLY FIRE TO BE DELIVERED TO SERBIA

Pravoslavie.ru On April 10, 2015, an official delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church headed by Bishop Jovan of Slavonia will depart for Jerusalem to bring the Holy Fire to Serbia. The Serbian delegation will participate together with a delegation from Russia in the prayer before the descent of Holy Fire. According to a tradition of many years, the ...

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 90’S UNIATE – UKRANIAN GREEK CATHOLICS TRIED TO CAPTURE AN ORTHODOX CHURCH BY FORCE

April 2015 The official website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has reported that an attempt at seizure of an Orthodox church was made by representatives of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC). The rector of the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God at the Stenka village, Buchatsk district, Ternopol region, Father Vasily ...

BILATERAL COMMISSION OF MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE AND RUSSIAN ORTHODOX OLD-RITE CHURCH HOLDS ITS FIRST SESSION

Bilateral Commission of Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church holds its first session

On 31 March 2015, the first meeting of the bilateral commission which will consider the possibility of recognizing the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church took place at the Moscow Spiritual Centre of the Old Believers of the Belokrinitsa branch in the Rogozhskaya Settlement. The commission was established on the initiative of Metropolitan Hilarion ...

FIRST PASTORAL VISIT BY THE PATRIARCHOF ALEXANDRIA TO ROYAL MOROCCO

On Saturday 21st march 2015, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa arrived in Morocco for his first pastoral visit,   accompanied by the Very Reverend Archimandrite Theodoros Dridakis, Mega Ecclesiarch of the Throne. At the “Mohamed V” airport in Casablanca, His Beatitude was officially welcomed by the local Metropolitan Alexios of Carthage, their Excellencies ...

DECR HOSTS FIRST MEETING OF COMMISSION FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE COUNCIL FOR COOPERATION WITH RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS UNDER THE PRESIDENT OF RUSSIAN FEDERATION

On 19 March 2015, the first meeting of the Commission for International Cooperation of the Council for Cooperation with Religious Organizations under the President of the Russian Federation took place at the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. The Commission was established at the Council’s meeting on 11 December 2014. The session was ...

UNITED NATIONS HUMANS RIGHTS COUNCIL ADOPTS THE FIRST EVER STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

United Nations Humans Rights Council adopts the first ever statement in support of Christians in the Middle East

On March 13, 2015, the UN Human Rights Council, on the sidelines of its Session XXVII adopted a statement ‘Supporting the Human Rights of Christians and Other Communities, particularly in the Middle East’ initiated by Russia, the Vatican and Lebanon. The appearance of this statement has been dictated by the catastrophic situation of Christians in the ...

FIRST STASIS OF THE SALUTATIONS TO THEOTOKOS IN THE CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

On Friday, the 14th/27th of February 2015, at 5.15 pm, the Canon of the Akathist Hymn was sung in the Katholikon of the Church of the Resurrection, followed by a reading of the First Stasis of the Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos. His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, led this magnificent and mystical service. He ...

THE FIRST DIVINE LITURGY OF THE PRESANCTIFIED GIFTS AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM

On the morning of Lent Wednesday, the 12th/25th of February 2015, once the Patriarchate opened its gates after the three-day holiday, Matins and the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts was held at the Central Monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen, led by Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, with concelebrant Hagiotaphite Fathers, in the presence ...

THE FIRST MEETING IN 2015 OF THE SUPREME CHURCH COUNCIL OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OPENS UNDER CHAIRMANSHIP OF HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL

On February 17, the first in 2015 meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church began its work at the Hall of the Supreme Church Council at the Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow under the chairmanship of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. His Holiness opened the meeting ...

RESURRECTION OF ORTHODOXY IN SOUTH SUDAN – FIRST DIVINE LITURGY IN 38 YEARS

January 2015 With the grace of God, the prayer and blessing of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Saturday 10 January 2015, saw the laying of the foundation stone By His Eminence Narkissos Metropolitan of Nubia, of the first Missionary Centre in South Sudan, the most newly established state of ...

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II, SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS, ON THE FIRST ARMENIAN REPUBLIC DAY

  May 2014 From the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, with paternal love we are extending our blessings and congratulations to our children in Armenia and throughout the Diaspora on the occasion of the First Armenian Republic Day. In 1918 our people courageously defended our Homeland during the heroic battles in May and established the first Armenian Republic ...

HOLY FRIDAY EPITAPHION SERVICE TO BE CELEBRATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 57 YEARS IN TURKISH OCCUPIED CYPRUS

4/4/14 After a haitus of 57 years, in the part of Cyprus that was occupied by Turks in 1971, the service of the Epitaphion (Burial Shroud) will be performed on Holy Friday at St. George's Church in the city of Famagusta. Moreover, with the permission of the Turkish authorities, now once a month Divine Liturgy will ...

THE FIRST GROUP BAPTISMS OF CHILDREN IN SOUTH SUDAN

Alexandrian Patriarchate - March 2014 Sudan: With the grace of God and the blessing of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria, His Eminence Narcissus, Metropolitan of Nubia, performed the first group baptism of South Sudan children on Tuesday 25th February 2014, This concerned children who had remained un-baptized for many years, due to the civil war in the ...

FIRST SOLEMN VESPERS IN ALEXANDRIA

March 2014 On 2nd March 2014, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandriaand All Africa officiated during the first solemn Vespers for the beginning of Great Lent at the Patriarchal Church of St Savvas in Alexandria, together with His Eminence Alexios of Carthage who is in Alexandria and His Grace Gabriel of Leontopolis, Patriarchal Vicar of ...

REPORTS OF FIRST CHURCH IN SAUDI ARABIA ARE FALSE, SAYS COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

7/3/14 The Coptic Orthodox Church has issued a statement refuting reports that the Coptic Pope has met Saudi Arabian officials over the creation of the first church in the country. There are an estimated 1.5 millionChristians in the strictly Muslim country but they are not allowed to worship publicly. The MidEast Christian News agency reported that a meeting had taken place between Pope ...