Patriarch Daniel: All socio-medical care is of Christian origin : Church unites prayer with medical science

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 4/8/21 In last Sunday’s sermon, Patriarch Daniel recalled that the first medical institutions, both in Romania and Europe, were established by the Church. His Beatitude highlighted that the palliative care specific to the Church also involves prayer in addition to the medical act. “The first monastery hospitals (bolnițe), the first hospitals ...

Fr. Nicolae Lauruc – The New Vicar-Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Vicariate of the Romanian Patriarchate

OCP News Service - 4/8/21 Ukraine: Fr. Nicolae Lauruc has officially assumed the charge as the Vicar-head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Vicariate of the Romanian Patriarchate, reports Basilica News Agency. Fr. Laurus served his first Liturgy in his new office at the Orthodox Church in Ruscova, Maramures County, Romania. The Ukrainian Orthodox Vicariate is an autonomous administrative ...

The WWII Massacre of Serbia Spark Controversy in Montenegro

OCP News Service - 4/8/21 Montenegro - The resolution proposed in the Parliament of Montenegro to recognise two WWII era massacres of Serbs by the Nazis as 'genocide' has sparked controversy in the country, reports Balkan Insight. Criticisers fear that such a move is used to play political games and appease the Serbian community in Montenegro. ...

Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II Urge PM to Return the Ancha Icon of the Savior to the Georgian Church

OCP News Service - 4/8/21 Tiblisi-Georgia: In a recent letter Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II urged Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, and Culture Minister Tea Tsulukiani to return the Ancha Icon of the Savior to the Georgian Orthodox Church, reports Civi.ge. As of now, the icon is preserved at the Art Museum in the capital city of Tbilisi. ...

The Annual Bulgarian Iconographic Exhibition Opened at the Bachkovo Monastery

OCP News Service - 4/08/21 Southern Bulgaria: The annual exhibition of the Bulgarian Iconographic Association was opened at the Bachkovo Monastery on the 3rd of August 2021. The exhibition was opened by Bishop Zion (Abbot of the Monastery) in the presence of the participating painters, pilgrims and guests of the monastery. In his Opening Speech, Bishop spoke ...

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria Received by Metropolitan of Varna and Veliki Preslav

OCP News Service - 4/8/21 Varna-Bulgaria: Her Excellency Mrs Eleonora Mitrofanova, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Bulgaria and her delegation was received by Metropolitan John of Varna and Veliki Preslav on the 30th of July 2021. Both parties discussed mutual cooperation and dialogue between the nations, as well as between the Bulgarian ...

The ROCOR Synodal Summer School of Liturgical Music Held

OCP News Service - 4/8/21 New York-USA: The Synodal Summer School of Liturgical Music of the Russian Orthodox Chruch Outside Russia was held from the 18th to the 31st of July 20201 at the Holy Dormition Convent "Novo-Diveevo" in New York. Vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan of the Eastern American Diocese presided over the thanksgiving service. The ...

The US Urge Turkey to Reopen Halki Orthodox Seminary

OCP News Service - 2/8/21 Istanbul-Turkey: The US Department of State has urged Turkey to reopen the Halki Orthodox Seminary on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its closure. The seminary ceased its operation in 1971 since the Turkish government enacted a law banning private higher education institutions to operate in the country. The Press release ...

Orthodox Liturgy Held Over the Ruins of the 5th Century Byzantium Church in Israel

OCP News Service - 2/8/21 Holy Land-Jerusalem: Orthodox Liturgy Held at the Ruins of the 5th Century Byzantium Church in the city of Ashdod in Israel. Archbishop Theophanes of Gerassa served the Liturgy. More details here: The debris of the old Byzantine Church was initially excavated in 1921. The central Church and chapels were discovered during the excavation ...

Fourteen Years of Illegal Detention of Patriarch Abune Antonios of Eritrea

OCP News Service - 1/8/21 Global: The first quarter of 2021 marked the 14th year of illegal detention of the Canonical Patriarch Abune Antonios of Eritrea. His Holiness Abune Antonios is the 3rd Patriarch of the ancient Eritrean Orthodox Church. Detention- Under the supervision of the Afwerki regime, a secret session of the Holy Synod in January ...

The Orthodox Church Granted Permission to Build a Place of Worship in Sudan

OCP News Service - 1/8/21 Sudan: The Orthodox Church in the country has been granted permission to build a place of worship in its own land in Hay-Elrawda, Omdurman according to a CSW report. The permission was granted on 16h of July 2021. However, initially, the request was denied by the Urban Planning department citing that ...

Three New Books Published by the Armenian Orthodox Church

OCP News Service - 1/8/21 Yerevan-Armenia: Three new books were released at the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Library of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on the 24th of July 2021. The books are namely (1) The Church and Constitutional Culture, (2) Concordance of the Book of the Armenian Rules and (3) The Value Roots of ...

Valamo Orthodox Monks Sell Trees to Overcome Pandemic Crisis

OCP News Service - 1/8/21 Finland: The Orthodox Monks of the Valamo monastery (New Valamo/New Valaam) in Finland is selling forest trees to meet ends, reports New India Express. The monastery used to gain an annual income of $3.5 million. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the income of the monastery which in turn resulted in ...

Scroll.in – New Study On the Departure of Armenians From Calcutta

OCP News Service - 30/7/21 Calcutta-India: Scroll. in has published a report titled 'In images: Why did the Armenians leave Calcutta? A new book explores silences and departures' by Alakananda Nag on the Departure of Armenians from Calcutta. Through her book author 'Armenians of Calcutta' Alakananda Nag explores how the history of the Armenian community is ...

The 60th Birthday of Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia

OCP News Service - 30/7/21 Belgrade - Serbia: The 22nd of July 2021, marked the Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia. No celebration was held in line with the pandemic situation. However, the Primate of the Serbian Church received numerous messages and good wishes from Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and ...

Islamic Jihadists Wipe Out Male Christians in Two Niger Towns, Displaces 1.6 Million People in Burkina Faso

OCP News Service - 29/7/21 West Africa: Radical Islamic Jihadists in Niger has attacked and murdered male Christians in Fantio and Dolbel, two towns in the Tillabéri region in the southwest of Niger Republic. Women and children who have survived the attacks have fled the region to Burkina Faso. The Jihadists have desecrated the sacraments by ...

Indian PM Narendra Modi Comments on the Uncovering of the Relics of Orthodox Saint Queen Ketevan of Georgia

OCP News Service - 29/7/21 New Delhi- India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India briefed how the Indian researchers and scientists uncovered the relics of the 16th-century Saint Georgian queen, Ketevan the Martyr from the Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Goa. She is canonised by the Georgina Orthodox Church. "India handed over the holy relic or ...

Syriac Orthodox Church Opens New Center (Factury) for the Production of Artificial Prostheses

OCP News Service - 29/7/21 Damascus-Syria: Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II on July 13, 2021, opened the new Al-Nehmeh Center for the production of artificial prostheses. The centre is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Homs, Hama, Tartous and Environs. Governor Bassam of Homs,  General Abdo Karam, the Head of the Police force of Homs, Archbishop Timotheos Matta ...

Ukrainian Orthodox Church to Skip the Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch

OCP News Service - 29/7/21 Kyiv-Ukraine: Metropolitan Anthony of Borispol and Brovary, the Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), stated that there would be no representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at events attended by Patriarch Bartholomew. "We do not yet have an official program of the Turkish guest's stay (in Ukraine). But what we ...