CROSS-MONUMENT IS BLESSED IN THE ORTHODOX MONASTERY IN GOTSCHENDORF ON THE EVE OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GREAT VICTORY

On 6 May 2015, the dedication day of the Monastery of St. George in Gotschendorf, Germany, Archbishop Feofan of Berlin and Germany officiated at the Divine Liturgy in concelebration with Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan. This was the first Liturgy celebrated in the Church of St. George the Victorious which is being constructed in the ...

IOCC Responds To Victims Of Deadly Earthquake In Nepal

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27/4/15 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake and several powerful aftershocks have rocked the ancient city of Kathmandu, Nepal, leaving a trail of massive destruction and loss of lives. More than 2,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands more left homeless as multiple tremors flattened houses and buildings in the region. Many ...

FACEBOOK THREATENS TO DELETE ACCOUNTS OF ORTHODOX CLERGY

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Anastasios Papapostolou - April 2015 According to an Orthodox Christian monk, Facebook is threatening to delete the accounts of Orthodox clergy who refuse to change their profile names to their birth names on the social network. - See more at: Although they are known by their clergical names, Facebook has recently begun demanding religious figures on the network i.e., ...

IOCC Assists Syrian Families Escaping Bloodshed In Idlib

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March-April 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — As the security and humanitarian situation in Idlib, Syria, continues to deteriorate following escalated fighting this past weekend, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), working in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is providing emergency medical assistance, hygiene kits, and personal care items to ...

GEORGIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS SUPPORTED BY 91% OF RESPONDENTS

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  Pravoslavie.ru - 8/4/15 Results of the new survey research carried out by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Georgia have been published. According to the survey, 91% of the respondents support the activity of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Church activity is not supported by 3% of the respondents, while 6% of them had no settled opinion on the matter. ...

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 ...

MEETING OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF THE UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

April 1, 2015 – The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met for a regular session in the Synodal Hall of the Kiev Laura of the Caves. It was chaired by His Beatitude Onufry, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine. On the eve of the session, Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea celebrated the Divine Liturgy ...

SPECIAL INTER-ORTHODOX COMMISSION FOR PREPARING DOCUMENTS FOR PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL BEGINS ITS 3D SESSION

March 30, 2015 – The Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparing documents for a Pan-Orthodox Council began its 3d session at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Orthodox center in Chambesy. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church is represented at the session by a delegation led by Metropolitan ...

UNIATS AND “RIGHT SECTOR” MILITANTS ATTACK ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE TERNOPIL REGION

Pravoslavie.ru - Stenka village, the Ukraine - March 2015 According to the Rector of the Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God in the Stenka village of the Buchach district of the Ukraine’s Ternopil region Priest Vasily Moysyuk, On Sunday, March 22 at 15:00, ten priests of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic (Uniate) Church organized a ...

METROPOLITAN HILARION OPENS 5TH ADVANCED COURSES FOR NEWLY-CONSECRATED BISHOPS OF RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

On 23 March 2015, the 5th advanced courses for newly-consecrated bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church began with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The courses, organized by Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies, are being held at the Department for External Church Relations of the ...

ASSEMBLY OF ORTHODOX BISHOPS IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL MEETS IN MADRID

24/3/15 Bishop Nestor of Chersonese attended a regular session of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in Spain and Portugal, which took place on March 18, 2015, in Madrid. Participating in the session were Metropolitan Polykarpos of Spain and Portugal (Patriarchate of Constantinople), Bishop Luke of Western Europe (Serbian Patriarchate), and Bishop Timotei of Spain and Portugal (Patriarchate ...

Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Meet With the Ecumenical Patriarch

UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA - March 2015 Following the conclusion of the plenary sessions of the annual meeting of the Permanent Conference of the Ukrainian Orthodox Bishops Beyond the Borders of Ukraine, the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA traveled to the ancient city of Constantinople in order to hold an ...

NEW MAGAZINE LAUNCHED BY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ARTIST ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ART

The Art Newspaper - March 2015 A group of Russian Orthodox artists and intellectuals has launched an arts journal in an effort to promote the role of religious art in today’s increasingly secular society. The launch of Dary, or “Gifts”, which is published in a glossy magazine format, came just before Patriarch Kirill I of the Russian Orthodox ...

IOCC Assists Syrian Christians Traumatized in Deadly Attack

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February- March 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Fleeing for their lives, more than 2,400 exhausted and traumatized Christians from northeastern Syria sought refuge in the towns of Hasakah and Qamishli after their small communities were terrorized this week. The attackers targeted a stretch of villages along the southern bank of the Khabour River, where they burned ...

AN “UNWANTED CHURCH”: TERNOPIL AUTHORITIES LEVY TAXES ON ONLY ONE CHURCH: THE ORTHODOX

Pravoslavie.ru - 15/3/15 The Ternopil city council has decided to indicate an “unwanted” church, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (of the Moscow Patriarchate). According to its decision, all the property belonging to religious organizations are exempt from real estate tax. All but one. The deputies have particularly stressed that the tax exemption does not ...

OPEN LETTER TO THE ORTHODOX FAITHFUL FROM THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY

March 2015 “… move beyond words to actions… putting our theology into practice… moving beyond what is mine and yours, to what is ours.” This important message was conveyed by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops at their fifth official meeting which was held in Dallas, Texas on September 15-19, 2014.  Unfortunately, the ...

HIERARCHS OF THREE LOCAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES CELEBRATE SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY AT ARCHDIOCESE OF ANTIOCH CATHEDRAL IN USA

On March 1, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Bishop Ioann of Naro-Fominsk, administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, celebrated together with Metropolitan Joseph of New York and North America, head of the Archdiocese of Antioch, at its Cathedral of St Nicholas in Brooklyn. Among the concelebrants were also Bishop Michael of New York and ...

MEMORIA ETERNA – MAYAN ORTHODOX REMEMBER THEIR FOUNDER

  The Mayan Orthodox Church - 28/2/15 “A righteous man shall be in everlasting remembrance…” according to the Psalmist David (Ps. 111:6, OSB). One year after the falling asleep of +Fr. Andres Giron (2/16/14), these words seem to ring true, especially for the many thousands of Mayan Orthodox Christians who still hold him in such high esteem. For ...

Restoring Water Access To Gaza’s Embattled Families

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IOCC - February 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — For Suha, 10, and her friend, Nada, 9, each day begins with a visit to a communal water storage tank in the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja'iyeh. They patiently wait their turn to fill numerous empty plastic water cans that they must carry back to their family homes a ...

PRIMATES OF ANTIOCHIAN AND RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCHES CELEBRATE LITURGY AT CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR ON FORGIVENESS SUNDAY

On 22 February 2015, Cheesefare Sunday, remembrance of Adam’s expulsion from Paradise (Sunday of Forgiveness), commemoration of the finding of the relics of St Innocent the Bishop of Irkutsk and of the relics of St Tikhon the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East, ...

AD HOC INTER-ORTHODOX COMMISSION COMPLETES ITS SESSION

On 20 February 2015, the Ad Hoc Inter-Orthodox Commission for the Preparation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church completed its second session, which had begun on February 15, at the Orthodox Centre of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambésy (Switzerland). With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All ...