New Priest Consecrated for the Syriac Orthodox Church of Brazil

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Syriac Orthodox Church of Brazil- February 2016 Brazil: On January 31, in the city of São Lui in Maranhão, Brazil, deacon Pablo Neves ( 30 years old and married) was ordained to holy priesthood. He is one of the founders of the Community of St. Ephrem.  Fr Pablo Neves is a university professor specialised in Theology ...

Infant Communion revisited

By Fr. Gregory Hogg Source:   www.ancientfaith.com - February 2015 Commemoration of the Holy Innocents, 29 December 2014 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.  John 6:51 The young children ask for ...

Russian Orthodox Church cancels Lutheran dialogue over gay rights

Yle - September 2014 The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality. Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and ...

Patriarch Kirill meets Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

Patriarch Kirill meets Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

4/9/14 On September 2, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Kari Mäkinenn of Turku and Finland. The meeting took place at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence at the St. Daniel Monastery, Moscow. Patriarch Kirill warmly welcomed Archbishop Mäkinenn and his delegation, ...

DECR chairman meets with Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

September 2014 On 2 September 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with the Primate of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Archbishop Kari Mäkinen of Turku and Finland. They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the DECR premises, by the Revd. Kimmo Kääriänen, ...

From Lutheran priest to pastor of St. Stephen Orthodox Church, the Rev. Benjamin Kjendal’s journey has been one of faith, family

From left, the Kjendal family, Alyssa, holding Peter, 1, Mary, 5, Erika, 8, Anders, 7, and the Rev. A. Benjamin, pastor of St. Stephen Orthodox Church, holding Nicholas. (Republican photo by DAVID MOLNAR)

Cori Urban - 16/9/13 SPRINGFIELD –The spiritual journey of the Rev. Benjamin A. Kjendal, pastor of St. Stephen Orthodox Church, a Western rite mission of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, , began in the Lutheran Church. But, after regularly attending Saturday evening vespers and Sunday morning liturgies in the Orthodox Church, the former Lutheran pastor was ordained, ...

Lutheran, Orthodox Churches to Sign Statement on Common Principles

25/4/13 The Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church and the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church are signing a joint statement on their shared theological beliefs today. The document stresses the importance of worship in people's lives, ETV reported. It is the first such appeal to be made by the two churches, which have held bilateral meetings every year since 2006. In ...

Tolerance or respect for faith

Timur Utsayev, Grozny. Exclusively to Vestnik Kavkaza 17/1/13 Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has proclaimed the need to open a synagogue in Grozny. He made this statement during a trip to Chechnya by representatives of the NGO "Forum of Russia's Traditional Religions". According to the pastor of the St. Petersburg Lutheran Church, Alexander Kudryavtsev, "The Forum of Traditional Religions ...

Finnish pastor Juha Molari converts to Orthodox Faith

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Moscow, November 8, Interfax - Finnish Lutheran Church pastor Juha Molari converted to the Orthodox faith at a ceremony conducted by Archpriest Nikolay Voskoboinikov at Helsinki's St. Nicholas Church, which belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church, on October 30. "It is a very important decision in my life, but it cannot be called difficult. The Russian ...

Friction between Finnish Lutherans and Orthodox over policy of renting out church facilities

22.8.2011 Luther Foundation used Orthodox Church venues for events The policy of the Finnish Orthodox Church in renting venues to outside groups is causing friction between the Orthodox and the Evangelical Lutheran Churches. Allowing the Luther Foundation, a conservative group that has broken away from the established Lutheran Church, to hold events in premises owned by the ...

His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr met with President of the Synod of the German Evangelic Lutheran Church

His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr met with President of the Synod of the German Evangelic Lutheran Church of Ukraine Pastor Andrew Hamburg Ukrainian Orthodox Church On June 30 at the residence of the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church a meeting was held of His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr of Kyiv and All Ukraine with President of ...

Finnish Orthodox and Catholic churches criticise choice of woman as Lutheran Bishop

13/6/2010 Conservative revival movements also upset by election of Irja Askola The choice of Irja Askola as the Lutheran Bishop of Helsinki last week has been criticised by two other major Christian denominations. Archbishop Leo of the Finnish Orthodox Church says that the choice of a woman as a Lutheran bishop draws the churches further apart from ...

Patriarch Kirill’s congratulations to newly-elected head of Evangelical Lutheran Church

Patriarch Kirill's congratulations to newly-elected head of Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland Dr. Kari Mäkinen Dear Brother, I cordially congratulate you on the assumption of the office of Head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. It is a significant event not only for the Lutherans in Finland and other countries, but also for the Russian Orthodox ...