ABBOT EPHRAIM OF VATOPEDI MEETS WITH PRESIDENT PUTIN

Abbot Ephraim and President Putin in 2011. Photo: johnsanidopoulos.com

Orthochristian.com - 1/11/17 Abbot of Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos Archimandrite Ephraim met with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. According to monasterium.ru, Fr. Ephraim, one of the most influential spiritual fathers on the Holy Mountain, noted in the conversation with the head of state that all are in need of spiritual communication—janitors and officials, oligarchs and presidents. “They are ...

ABORTION IS DREADFUL MURDER SAYS ARCHIMANDRITE EPHRAIM

Pravoslavie.ru - 10/4/16 In the course of shooting the documentary “Athos – for Life!” the crew of Sobor.by had the opportunity to visit Holy Mount Athos and to talk with Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of the great Vatopedi Monastery. The elder answered a question about abortion. “You need to work hard and to do your best in order to ...

TOMSK MEETS THE PANTANASSA ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

Pravoslavie.ru - July 2016 On June 30 the city of Tomsk solemnly received a copy of the miracle-working Pantanassa (“the Queen of All”) icon of the Most Holy Mother of God from Mt. Athos, reports theTomsk Diocese’s official website. The icon which was brought from Vatopedi Monastery at the request of Tomsk residents will be kept at ...

Bulgaria: Citywide cross procession marks Family Day in Varna

November 2014 Residents of the Bulgarian port city of Varna have celebrated Christian Family Day with a procession of the cross, carrying copies of two wonder-working icons: “The Queen of All” (“Pantanassa”) Icon of the Mother of God from the Vatopedi Monastery on Holy Mount Athos and the Moldovan Icon of Holy Great Martyr George the ...

Abbot Ephraim calling upon Orthodox Christians to unite in the struggle against abortion

Abbot Ephraim calling upon Orthodox Christians to unite in the struggle against abortion

Pravoslavie.ru - 18/8/14 Orthodox Christians should more actively strive for a ban on abortions, believes Abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Holy Mount Athos, Archimandrite Ephraim, reports Interfax-Religion. “It is unacceptable that such terrible crimes as abortions are committed in Orthodox countries, moreover, in such large quantities! This phenomenon must make us think seriously about it; I would ...

Court fines journalist who slandered Abbot Ephraim of Vatopedi

January 2014 On January 10, the Romphea Greek Church agency reported the judicial decision of the first instance court of the city of Athens on the journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, who was the first to begin the media campaign against elder Ephraim and the Vatopedi Monastery. The court has pronounced that the publications of Vaxevanis on the internet ...

A Visit to Zograf Monastery at Mount Athos

4/7/13 It’s hard to imagine how dark it is when morning services start on Mount Athos. You have to blindly grope the deep throne-like wooden seats in the church — or risk sitting on the lap of another worshiper. The first bell rings at about 3 a.m. Most of the monks show up by 3:30 a.m. and ...

Senior Athos monk praises Russia, urges global Orthodox unity

Mount Athos, June 7, Interfax - The abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, Archimandrite Ephraim, praised Russia and called for global Orthodox unity. "Even though it has been nearly a year and a half, our taking the Cincture of the Theotokos to Russia, the main relic of our monastery, is still fresh in our ...

Olympic champion gives his medal to the “Paramythia” Icon of the Mother of God

3/4/13 On March 27, the Olympic champion Ilias Iliadis visited the Vatopedi Monastery on the Holy mountain of Athos where during his meeting with the Monastery's Superior, elder Ephraim, he gave his Olympic medal as a gift to the wonder-working Icon of the Mother of God Paramythia ("Exhortation", "Joy and Consolation"), reports Agionoros.ru. Ilias Iliadis was a ...

Abbot Ephraim to be released on bail

30/3/2012 Moscow Times The abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos in Greece will be released on a 300.000-euro bail after a 3-month imprisonment, local media quoted an Athens court spokesperson as saying on Thursday. Abbot Ephraim is accused of arranging land swaps between the Vatopedi Monastery and the state which are thought to have cost the ...

Vatopedi Monastery abbot to remain in custody despite partial acquittal

Moscow, January 13, Interfax - The partial acquittal by the Greek supreme court of Archimandrite Ephrem, the abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery in the Mt. Athos prosecuted in connection with real estate deals between his monastery and the Greek state, does not mean his release from custody. "This decision [acquitting Father Ephrem] applies to the ruling ...

Russian Church declines to comment on Constantinople statement on abbot’s arrest

Moscow, January 12, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has declined to comment on a statement from the Patriarchate of Constantinople on Tuesday on the recent arrest in Greece of Archimandrite Ephrem, abbot of the Vatopedi Monastery in Greece's Mt. Athos monastic community, over real estate deals. "I assume that [the statement] speaks for itself. All ...

Russia will save Orthodoxy on Earth, Rector of Athos Monastery Believes

Moscow, November 29, Interfax - Rector of the Vatopedi Monastery Archimandrite Yefrem, who accompanied the Belt of the Mother of God from the convent to Russian cities, believes in Russia's special spiritual mission. "Russia won't collapse. On the contrary, it will strengthen and play the leading part in saving Orthodoxy on Earth," the Bulletin of St. ...

Russians brave cold, snow to see holy belt of Mother of God in Moscow

Katie Cannon 20/11/2011 According to a number of religious texts, Thomas the Apostle, or Doubting Thomas since he did not believe in the ascension of Christ until he touched Christ's wounds, also doubted the Virgin Mary's Assumption. It is said that she tossed her girdle, or what is now called a belt, that she had made from ...

Belt of the Holy Virgin delivered to Russia from Athos Monastery

Moscow, October 21, Interfax - Delegation of St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation delivered a reliquary with one of the greatest Christian shrines - belt of the Mother of God from the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos to St. Petersburg "One of the reasons why we asked the Vatopedi Monastery to bring the belt of the ...