THE FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD AT THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE – 2019

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 21/8/19 On Monday, August 6/19, 2019, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. On Mount Tabor On this feast, according to the Gospel narratives, the Church commemorates the event that our Lord went up on Mount Tabor before His Passion; the mount is in Galilee and there, ...

Letter to Archbishop Elpidophoros Following the Meeting with OCL Representatives

OCL - 21/8/19 August 14, 2019 Eve of the Dormition of the Theotokos His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America 8-10 East 79th Street New York, New York 10075-0106 Your Eminence: We greatly appreciate the privilege of meeting with you on July 31st, so early in your ministry to the Church and its people here in America. We all ...

Boat-Church Sets Off for Annual Siberian Missionary Trip

Orthodoxchristian - August 2019 Priests, doctors, and social workers have teamed up again for a unique mission trip along the Ob River in central Russia. The missionaries plan to visit 45 remote settlements in this 23rd annual voyage of the Apostle Andrew the First- Called missionary ship, reports Vesti Novosibirsk. The clergy meet with Orthodox faithful in the ...

Restored Complex of the Orahovo Monastery Consecrated

Church of Serbia - 21/8/19 His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Orahovo Monastery on 17 August 2019. On this occasion the Hierarch consecrated the restored monastery complex and a new  road that leads to the ancient shrine in Crmnica, while he promoted the ...

5th anniversary of Enthronement of Metropolitan Onuphry celebrated in Kiev

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Orthodoxchristian - 21/8/19 His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine was enthroned as the primate of the Ukrainian Church on August 17, 2014, following the repose of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir. The fifth anniversary of his enthronement was previously celebrated in June together with his name’s day, when hierarchs throughout the Orthodox world gathered in Kiev to ...

Aid Organisation Raises Red Flag Over Forced Conversions of Christian Women to Islam in Pakistan

Sputniknews - Tim Korso- August 2019 The problem mostly affects religious minorities, such as Christians, who also face other issues in addition to forced conversions. Asia Bibi, a Christian woman born in Pakistan, narrowly escaped a death sentence recently over false accusations of blasphemy, triggered by a conflict with Muslim colleagues. The organisation Aid to the Church ...

Ukrainian Autocephaly and Local Churches: Unity Above All

Jelena Rakocevic - (Senior Columnist - Eastern orthodox Affairs) OCP News Service - 18/8/2019 It’s been more than six month since the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) was created and received autocephaly from the Ecumenical Patriarchate but scandals surrounding the Church have not yet subsided. On the one hand, the Ecumenical Patriarch’s authority in the Greek ...

Bucharest Archdiocese Gives $1,000+ to the Family of Newly-Reposed Priest

Basilica Romanian Orthodox News Agency - 17/8/19 The Archdiocese of Bucharest decided, at the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, to provide financial support to Fr. Marius’ grieving family. The Archdiocese is providing $1,184 (5,000 lei) to Fr. Marius’ wife and children. Fr. Marius Gabriel Bărăscu of Parava, Bacău County, 160 miles northeast of Bucharest, tragically died in ...

The Mother of God Is the Greatest Ambassador of Christians, Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Ieronim Says

Basilica Romanian Orthodox News Agency - 17/8/19 The patriarchal auxiliary bishop Ieronim of Sinaia on Wednesday spoke about the role played by the Theotokos in God’s salvific economy, calling the Blessed Virgin Mary ‘the greatest ambassador of Christians’. Leading the service of the burial of the Theotokos at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest on Aug. 14, Bishop ...

REPORTS OF OCA GIVING UP ITS AUTOCEPHALY ARE UNFOUNDED, SAY OCA HIERARCHS

Orthodoxchristian - 17/8/19 The Orthodox Church in America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its autocephaly next year, with several events dedicated to the anniversary throughout America. Its tomos of autocephaly, granted by the Moscow Patriarchate, was signed by His Holiness Patriarch Alexei I and the 14 hierarchs of the Holy Synod in Moscow on April ...

HIS BEATITUDE THE PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM CELEBRATES THE D. LITURGY AT THE BASILICA OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 17/8/19 On Sunday, July 30/ August 11, 2019, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos officiated the Divine Liturgy at the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, above the God-receiving Cave, where our Lord Jesus Christ was born in the flesh. This Divine Liturgy was celebrated on the centenary completion since ...

Vatican and Albanians: The Novo Brdo Violence

Kisha D. Dorado (Director - Dept. Church Research and Studies - Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE - OCP News Service - 14/8/19 This article was first published in Oneworld.press “Does the Vatican know what the Albanian bishops in Novo Brdo are doing?” – the question many Serbs asked these days. The Albanian Roman Catholic mass was Served in Serbian ancient ...

How Veterans Can Find Comfort And Purpose In Church Life

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Cassie Steele - OCP News Service - 13/8/19 Recent data provided by Pew Research and the National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics suggests that around 91% of veterans identify as Christian. For churches, this represents both a challenge and an opportunity. It is the Church’s duty to provide comfort and compassion to those who need it, ...

Statement of the Meeting of the Heads of the Christian Churches in Damascus

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 13/8/19 Statement of the Meeting of the Heads of the Christian Churches in Damascus - Mor Aphrem Monastery, Maarat Saydnaya – August 12, 2019 Upon the invitation of His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church, and with the ...

STATEMENT IN RELATION TO THE PROPERTIES OF JAFFA GATE FROM THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHATE

The Jerusalem Patriarchate - 12/8/19 Holy City of Jerusalem, 5th August 2019. The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem views the attempts of the radical organization, Ateret Cohanim, to seize church properties located in Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate and al-Mu’athamiyah, as a strike to the indigenous Christian presence in the Holly City. The Patriarchate affirms that changing the Status Quo ...

Women Beekeepers Tackle Challenges Together Growing – IOCC

IOCC - 12/8/19 Building on the learning of recent years, members of a women’s beekeeping association in rural Shpati, Albania, continued training in late 2018. A grant from IOCC has helped Diakonia Agapes (the social, development, and relief office of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania) organize and fund additional learning opportunities for this group of women ...

Holy Qurobo for the Feast of Transfiguration and Conclusion of SYGG – Sweden

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 10/8/19 On August 4, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Jacob of Nisibi Cathedral in Södertälje, Sweden, for the occasion of the feast of Transfiguration as well as the conclusion of the fifth Suryoyo Youth Global Gathering.   He was assisted by their Eminences: Mor Julius ...

US Influence on the Church of Greece Increasing

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Sophia Iliadi - OCP News Service - 10/8/19 The position of the Greek Orthodox Church is changing rapidly. After the new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was elected, all proposals on lifting the state support were revoked. On July 16, Mitsotakis and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens met to discuss a new era in the Church-State relations. However, ...

Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Situation in Montenegro

Patriarchia.ru - 7/8/19 The statement was adopted at the session of the Holy Synod on July 9, 2019 (min. 71). The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church expresses profound concern over the worsening situation with the dioceses of the Serbian Patriarchate in the territory of Montenegro where during several years the unity of Orthodoxy has been suffering from ...

Satanists Accepted as Religious Community in Sweden

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Sputniknews - 8/7/19 In a bid to ditch common stereotypes involving blood sacrifices and orgies, Sweden's satanist community is paying tribute to social justice, a secular state, and embraces feminism. The Dark Lord himself is seen as a literary figure and a role model as an eternal rebel. Despite the fact that the Church has always regarded ...