STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARIAT OF I.A.O. ON THE PROTECTION OF CHRISTIAN MONUMENTS IN NAGORNO-KARABAKH

I.A.O - 31/3/21 The Secretary-General of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.), Member of the Hellenic Parliament dr. Maximos Charakopoulos, authorized by the I.A.O. International Secretariat, which held its virtual meeting on Wednesday, 17 March 2021, made the following statement on the protection of Christian Monuments in Nagorno-Karabakh: “The Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy has repeatedly declared the ...

Serbian Patriarch Meets Apostolic Nuncio in Croatia

Church of Serbia - 31/3/21 His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, the Administrator of the Diocese of Zagreb-Ljubljana, received Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic Croatia Mons. Giorgio Lingua, in his residence in Zagreb, on 29 March 2021. During the cordial talk, Nuncio Lingua congratulated Patriarch Porfirije on the for the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and His ...

Patriarch Daniel lauds March for Life: It encourages birth, helping families and young pregnant girls

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 29/3/21 “Especially on this day of the Annunciation, we appreciate and ask for God’s blessing for all families and especially for families that give birth to children,” said the Patriarch of Romania, who lauded the pro-life manifestations in his sermon delivered on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the chapel of ...

New Archaeological findings at the “Armenian Garden” in  Jerusalem

OCP News Service - 29/3/21 Holy Land-Jerusalem: A large stone Khatchkar (Armenian cross-stone) was excavated during the renovation work held at the Armenian Garden in Jerusalem, a property of the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. An inscription was found at the bottom of the cross, which read “Lord Jesus, remember..” in the Armenian language. It has detailed ...

Liturgy Served at the Renovated Church of St. George the Victorious in the town of Dupnitsa – Bulgaria

OCP News Service - 29/03/21 Sofia-Bulgaria: Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the church of St. George in Dupnitsa after renovation on 28/3/21. The Liturgy was presided over by His Eminence Bishop Polycarp of Belogradchik, Vicar of the Metropolitanate of Sofia. The Liturgy was concelebrated with Archimandrite Euthymius, Georgi Palikarski, Deputy Hierarch of the Dupnitsa Spiritual District ...

Suicide Bombers Attack Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Indonesian City of Makassar

terjadi ledakan yg diduga berasal dari bom bunuh diri di gereja katedral makassar (kajaolalodo - botolempangan) pic.twitter.com/uyynfmKmBK — txtfromsupirpete2 (@SupirPete2) March 28, 2021 OCP News Service - 29/3/21 Makassar-Indonesia: The Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cathedral in Makassar was attacked by suicide bombers in which 19 people were injured. The attack was carried out on 28th March ...

New Olivier Clément book reflects on Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete

SVOTS - 27/3/21 [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] The Song of Tears, a new book from St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press, features Olivier Clément's essay on repentance based on the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. This book includes a translation of the Great Canon, making The Song of Tears a perfect companion during Great Lent or for ...

Priest, doctor join hands to provide free health care services to women

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 27/3/21 Father Florin Danu, a priest at Lada Parish, Teleorman County, announced on March 1 a new program of free ultrasounds for women. The health prevention project is possible through the parish’s partner, Dr Negoiță Clinic in Bucharest. “How much love and strength a woman’s heart can sustain; only a few ...

Bessarabia Diaconia Mission marks its 20th anniversary :Director Igor Belei says emotions prevail over numbers

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 27/3/21 Igor Belei, Executive Director of the Diaconia Social Mission of the Metropolis of Bessarabia, spoke in an interview about the institution’s evolution and future projects in terms of two decades of activity. “Emotions prevail over numbers Among other things, he presented the mechanism for analyzing the results of an implemented project. “If we ...

Metropolitan Ioan offers 8 tons of food to local hospitals

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea - 27/3/21 Metropolitan Ioan visited last Thursday the Psychiatry Hospitals of Jebel and Gătaia, in the Archdiocese of Timișoara, where he offered almost eight tons of food. Thus, in addition to comfort and prayer, staff and patients also received 7,720 kilograms of vegetables and fruit. “I don’t have enough words of thanks and appreciation ...

Four Deacons Consecrated for the Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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OCP News Service - 27/3/21 HolyLand-Jerusalem: Four deacons (Deacon Sergey Antinyan, Deacon Davit Minasyan, Deacon Sergey Kazandzhyan, and Deacon Mrktich Stepanyan) were newly consecrated for the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem During this liturgy held on the 22nd of March 2021. Father Baret Yeretzian was the chief celebrant of the Liturgy. Archbishop Sevan Gharibian, the Grand ...

THE JERUSALEM PATRIARCHAL SCHOOL FEAST FOR THE NATIONAL ANNIVERSARY OF 25 MARCH 1821

Patriarcahate of Jerusalem - 27/03/21 On Thursday afternoon, 12/25 March 2021, the Patriarchal Schoon on the hill of Zion hosted a ceremony for the feast for the Anniversary of 25 March 1821. The feast was honoured by the presence of H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, His Excellency the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem ...

The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign” visits the Mid-American Diocese

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 27/3/21 On Monday, March 22, 2021, the feast day of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste, the miracle-working В понедельник, 22 марта, в день памяти 40 мучеников Севастийских, чудотворный образ БогоматериKursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign" ...

Serbian Orthodox Church Objects to the Draft Law on Same-sex Union

Church of Serbia - 27/3/21 The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church submitted objections and opinions on the draft law on same-sex unions to the Government of the Republic of Serbia in a timely manner and within the period prescribed by law. The mentioned bill for the Serbian Orthodox Church is unacceptable because the ...

Speech of His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije at the academy on the anniversary of the NATO bombing

Church of Serbia - 27/3/21 Before I went to this place tonight, I opened the New Testament and found myself at the beginning of the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew where it says: Do not judge, or you too will be judged. I came here with the feeling that we had gathered not to ...

Church Burned, Civilian Properties Destroyed in Northern Shewa Zone – Amhara Region

OCP News Service - 26/3/21 Oromo-Ethiopia: In organized militia attacks that were carried out from Friday to Sunday, 19 – 21, March 2021, (in the town of Jewha, in the district of Efrata and Gidim, in Northern Shewa Zone of Amhara Region State), the Church of St. George, the Prince of the Martyrs, was burned down. ...

Archbishop Entos Visits Asebot Debre Monastry Affected with Forest Fire

Menetasnot Desta – Delegate of Horn of Africa & Head of Ethiopian Affairs - OCP News Service - 25/4/21 Addis-Ababa: Abuna Entos, the Archbishop of West Harerege visited Asebot Debre Monastry to mollify monks and to bless the youth. The monastery has been fighting a wildfire since Sunday. Liqe Hiruya, Rev. Qesis Dereje, the manager of ...

Catholicos Karekin II, President Armen Sargsyan Discuss “Artsakh”

OCP News Service - 24/3/21 Yerevan-Armenia: A meeting between the Catholicos Karekin II and President Mr. Armen Sargsyan of Armenia was held in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on 20th March 2021. During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues including the present situation in the Republic of Artsakh, war and humanitarian crisis in ...

Bachkovo Orthodox Monastery Decorated with “Monastery of the Decade” Award

OCP News Service – 24/3/21 Sofia-Bulgaria: The Bachkovo Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has been selected as the “Monastery of the Decade” as part of the largest campaign to preserve and promote the cultural and historical heritage of Bulgaria titled "Wonders of Bulgaria ". The award was presented by Maria ...

Orthodox Christian Youth Fight Fire In Forest of Debre Asbo Monastery

OCP News Service - 24/3/21 Addis Abab-Ethiopia: Fire has struck the forests of the Monastery of Debre Asbo of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church located in the West Harage Zone (District of Mieso at the locality of Asebot) of the Oromia Regional State. The Monastery of Debre Asbo founded by Abune Samuel of Debre Wegeg in the ...

Focus Ecumenical Journal Features ‘Be the Gospel of Christ’

OCP News Service – 24/03/21 Download here - Focus April 2021 Vol. 9 (2) Global: April 2021 Vol. 9 (2) Issue of the Focus Diaspora Journal of the Marthoma Church of Malabar, (A member of the Global Anglican Communion) is now available. Diaspora FOCUS is a non-profit organization registered in the United States, originally formed in the late ...