A Record-Breaking Participation in the Orthodox Theology Program at the University of Eastern Finland (Autumn 2021)

OCP News Service - 5/9/21 Finland: A record-breaking 35 out of eighty applicants have been accepted into the Orthodox theology program at the School of Theology of the University of Eastern Finland for Autumn. The Finnish Orthodox Seminary in Joensuu is where the University students engage in applied studies and liturgical exercises. The seminary offers a renovated ...

Ecumenical Patriarchate to Restore the Historic Orthodox Orphanage in Istanbul

OCP News Service - 5/9/21 Istanbul-Turkey: The iconic Büyükada (Prinkipo) Greek Orphanage is all set for restoration, according to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, reports Daily Sabah. The Patriarch in his speech stated that he wishes to reach out to NGOS's and well-wishers of Istanbul for the restoration process. This wooden building is the largest wooden ...

Norway to Stop the Distribution of Bible and Other Religious Books at Schools

OCP News Service - 5/9/21 Norway: The Norwegian Directorate Education stated that the distribution of Bible or other religious text at schools do not align with the Education Act. The Directorate has asked municipalities to refrain from any such practice, reports Sputnik News. The new change is in response to the request from the Norwegian Humanist ...

Coptic Orthodox Choir Singing on the Cairo Metro Sparks Debate in Egypt

OCP News Service - 5/9/21 Cairo-Egypt: Singing by the Coptic Orthodox Choir on the Cairo Metro has sparked controversy regarding the expression of faith and religious intolerance in the country. The video of the signing went viral. Nabila Makram, the Egyptian Minister for Immigration and Expatriates’ Affairs shared the video on her Facebook account as part ...

Montenegrins Clash With Police Ahead of Head of the Inauguration of the Head of Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral

OCP News Service - 5/9/21 Montenegro: Thousands of nationalist Montenegrins protested and clashed with Police a day ahead of the enthronement of the Head of Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, Bishop Joanikije. He is expected to be enthroned on the 5th of September 2021 at Cetinje, Montenegro’s former capital. "This is not Serbia!" and "Long live ...

The Message of Patriarch Porfirije on the Occasion of the Beginning of the New School Year

OCP News Service - 5/9/21 Belgrade- Serbia: Patriarch Porfirije delivered a message of blessing on the occasion of the beginning of the new school year in the country. Divine Liturgy service was served at the Cathedral Church of St. Sava on the 4th of September 2021. In his message, the Patriarch stated " We need his ...