1970 Letter from Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras on Autocephaly

THE SOCIETY FOR ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN HISTORY IN THE AMERICAS - 24/9/18 Editor’s note: In 1970, the Patriarchate of Moscow issued a Tomos of Autocephaly to its former archdiocese in North America, which was commonly known as the “Russian Metropolia” and is now the “Orthodox Church in America.” Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras protested against this act in multiple ...

Pontifical Visit of the Catholicos of All Armenians to the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 29/10/17 On 26 October, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, on the first day of his visit to the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America; visited the AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School in Pasadena, CA, and met with the administration. After ...

Serbian Royal Couple attends Antiochian Patriarchal Liturgy

Church of Serbia - 25/10/17 Their Royal Highness's Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine attended a Patriarchal Divine Liturgy officiated by His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch at the Saints Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Potomac, Maryland near Washington, DC. The Patriarch is on a visit to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of ...

6th Armenian Church Representative Assembly was Convened in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 10/6/17 President Sargsyan Attends Armenian Church Representative Assembly On June 6, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the 6th Armenian Church Representative Assembly commenced a four day meeting in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The meeting is being attended by Bishops ...

The Semi-Annual Conference of Coptic Orthodox Bishops of North America Held

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Coptic Orthodox Church Spokesperson - 28/4/17 The semi-Annual Conference of Coptic Orthodox Bishops of North America was held from April 25-27 hosted by the Arch Diocese of North America. Participating Prelates were: His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, Bishop of Los Angeles and Metropolitan of Southern California and Hawaii His Grace Bishop Karas General Bishop and Patriarchal Exarch of the Archdiocese ...

Pope Francis Admits Existence of Corruption in Vatican, Condemns Sexual Abuses

Sputniknews - 12/2/17 Pope Francis admitted that the Vatican suffered from corruption and condemned sexual abuses committed by Catholic priests. ROME (Sputnik) – In 2016 Pope Francis signed an official papal decree whereunder Catholic bishops and other senior officials neglecting investigation into child sexual abuse by priests would be sacked. "Corruption exists in Vatican … The Lord wants monks to be poor," the Pope ...

LOI Committee excited by the future

Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative - 25/1/17 The LOI does much of its organization during a 3-day residential committee each year. We met at the Coptic Centre, Stevenage, from 16-18 January, at the kind invitation of His Grace Bishop Angaelos. The welcoming environment and home cooking provided an excellent setting for us to pray, think, and discuss together. Among other ...

NEW BOOK: GOD IS WONDERFUL IN HIS SAINTS: BOOK OF AKATHISTS

Pravoslavie.ru - 15/12/16 A new book of Akathists, God is Wonderful in His Saints is now available from Three Hierarchs Church in Wenatchee, WA. God is Wonderful in His Saints is a beautiful, hard cover, sewn-bound compilation uniquely comprised of Thirty Akathist Hymns to many of the most beloved Saints of the Orthodox Church (see list below), male ...

New Orthodox Christmas CD Released

David Luca - OCP News Service - 5/12/16 Minneapolis, Minn. – St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral here is pleased to announce the release of their new recording featuring selections of hymns and carols celebrating the feast of our Lord’s Nativity. The nearly 60-minute disc includes settings of many popular favorites from the Nativity services celebrated in the Orthodox ...

Supreme Spiritual Council Meeting in New York

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - 9/11/16 From November 2 to 3, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; a regular meeting of the Supreme Spiritual Council meeting was held in the headquarters of the Armenian Church of North America. At the opening of the meeting, His Holiness conveyed ...

Metropolitan Joseph Offers Encouragement, Solutions for Christians Struggling in Holy Land

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America - (Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East) - 20/10/16 Although a shadow of death constantly hovers over them as a religious minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph shared a saying of Christians living there: "We live in a land that has already experienced resurrection, ...

Sitka cathedral among Alaska’s top ten “most endangered historic properties”

St. Michael Cathedral has been a Sitka landmark since the 1840s.

OCA - SITKA, AK [DOA Communications] - August 2016 Historic Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral here is one of two Diocese of Alaska churches on this year’s “Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties”list compiled by the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation [AAHP]. Also on this year’s list is the Ascension of Our Lord Church, Karluk, AK, which was built in ...

Supreme Spiritual Council Meeting in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin - July 2016 On June 25-30 under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; a Supreme Spiritual Council meeting was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The co-chairman for the meeting were; His Eminence Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh; ...

Minneapolis Conference to Explore the Future of Orthodox Church Music

The International Society for Orthodox Church Music - 20/6/16 Over 140 participants from 31 states and 5 countries to arrive for June 23-26 event Minneapolis, Minn. – The future of Orthodox Church music in North America and the English speaking world will be the focus of a four-day conference which opens at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, here, ...

Delegation from the Malankara Archdiocese of North America Visits Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II

Syriac Orthodox Church - 27/5/16 USA: His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Malankara Archdiocese in North America headed by His Eminence Mor Titus Yeldo.  The delegation included priests from the Archdiocese and representatives of some parishes. Source:

The Tomos of Autocephaly: Forty-Six Years Later

The OCA delegation with Russian hierarchs after the granting of autocephaly in April 1970.

SYOSSET, NY [OCA--Archpriest John Jillions] - April 2016 April 10, 1970 is the day that the Orthodox Church in America received the official proclamation [“Tomos”] granting autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church.  From then on, the OCA had the freedom to order its own life, both internally and in relation to the other Orthodox Churches around the ...

Help Continue the Work of the Church in Indonesia through Healthcare

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Alex Goodwin- OCMC- November 2015 Last month, the OCMC was blessed to welcome Fr. Lazarus Sucanto from Indonesia. While with the staff, he shared how the Church is growing in Indonesia, but also some of the challenges that the Church faces as it tries to more fully establish itself in a country of more than 250 ...

Supreme Spiritual Council Meeting in Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On November 3-5 under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; a Supreme Spiritual Council meeting was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. At the beginning of the meeting the Catholicos of All Armenians offered his blessings to the participants, wishing them a productive meeting. His Holiness ...

Ethiopian Orthodox Church to Launch 24 hour TV Channel to Educate Faithful

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OCP News Service - 31/10/15 Report by Mentu Desta Asrat Also Read: Ethiopian Orthodox Church to Address Declining Number of Faithful: Addis Ababa: Holy  Synod of the Ethiopian Orthodox Chuchurch has approved 12million Birr budget to launch a 24hr TV channel. The satellite TV will cover North East Africa , Western Europe and North America. This move is aimed ...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary Awards Honorary Doctorates to Metropolitan Joseph and Metropolitan Tikhon

(L to R): Professor Pedrag Matejic; Fr. John Behr; Metropolitan Tikhon; Metropolitan  Joseph; Fr. Chad Hatfield (Photo: Jasmine Yedigarian)

On Monday, September 14, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Seminary bestowed a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, on His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. (View the photo gallery) Additionally, His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, was awarded with an honorary doctorate as well. “We have the ...

HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL RECEIVES DELEGATION OF ANGLICAN CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA

On 25 August 2015, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with members of the delegation of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), who had come to Russia on pilgrimage, at the Patriarchal residence in St Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow. The delegation included Archbishop Foley Beach, head of the Anglican Church in ...