Archbishop of Colombo Slams Sri Lankan Government Over China-Funded Project

OCP News Service - 20/6/21 Colombo- Sri Lanka: Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Colombo criticised the Lankan Government over the  Chinese-funded Port City project. The Archbishop Stated that dragged down a path of destruction by those who came to power claiming to protect the country. The Roman Catholic Church has also urged a probe ...

Appeal for Help for the ROCOR Church of the Mother of God in Austria

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 20/6/21 Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord: Last century our fathers and grandfathers in the diaspora who found a home in Austria founded our parish, later building the Protection of the Most-Holy Mother of God Church in Salzburg. This ...

“Football is an Orthodox Game”. Dozens of Romanian Parishes Establish Football Teams

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 20/6/21 Many times, priests keep young people close to the church through various extra ecclesiastical activities. Football is one of them. Dozens of parishes, especially in rural areas, have set up football teams, often coached even by the parish priest, reports Adevărul. This is also the case of the football team of ...

Patriarch Porfirije Thanks Russian Federation for the Support to Serbia and the Serbian Church

Church of Serbia - 20/6/21 His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Alexander Grushko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, at the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade, on June 18, 2021. Patriarch Porfirije and Deputy Minister Mr. Grushko in an open and friendly conversation expressed satisfaction with the strong friendly relations between the ...

Central Celebration on the Occasion of the Jubilee of the Monastery of Prohor Pcinjski

Church of Serbia - 20/6/21 On the occasion of 950 years since the foundation of the Monastery of Prohor Pcinjski and 700 years since the demise of Holy King Milutin the Diocese of Vranje organized a three-day working and solemn celebration under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, from ...

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Program Features ‘Church Forests’ of Northern Ethiopia

OCP News Service - 18/6/21 Australia: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has featured the Church forests of Northern Ethiopia in 'Soul Search with Dr Meredith Lake' program, by the title 'Sacred landscapes: the forest as mirror and sanctuary'. The program also features Wat Buddha Dhamma Monastery located within the Dharug National Park (New South Wales). Click here to ...

Long Island University-Greek Orthodox Church Partnership Offers Summer Enrichment Program

OCP News Service - 18/6/21 Southampton-USA: The Long Island University (LIU) is partnering with the Greek Orthodox Church of Southampton to host the summer enrichment program in July and August 2021. The program is organised by The Scholars Academy of the LIU. it aims to support and develop the academic talents of the students on the ...

Mount Athos to Get Solar Power Project Worth 13 Million Euro

OCP News Service - 17/6/21 Self-Governing Monastic Republic of Mount Athos - Greece: Last month the government of Greece decided to install a 2.6 MW solar power project in the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos. The aim is to improve the quality of life in the mountains with funding from the Central Macedonia regional authority. However, Hilandar ...

Armenian Church Slams Nikol Pashinyan for Unfair Accusations

OCP News Service - 17/6/21 Yerevan-Armenia: The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin slammed acting PM Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia for his campaign against the Armenian Orthodox Church. A press release by the Church stated that the candidate for Prime Minister of the "Civil Contract" Party Mr Nikol Pashinyan, continues to voice unfair accusations against the Armenian ...

Rift in Church of Cyprus Continues as Several Bishops Skip Consecration of the New Nicosia Cathedral 

OCP News Service - 17/6/21 Nicosia-Cyprus: Rift in the Church of Cyprus continue as Six bishops did not show up at the consecration of the new cathedral in the capital city of Nicosia. These bishops oppose the recognition of the newly created Orthodox Church in Ukraine (OCU) by Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus. They also oppose the ...

Feast of the Transfer of the relics of the Venerable Father Justin in Celije Monastery

Church of Serbia - 17/6/21 The feast of the Transfer of the Relics of the Venerable Father Justin was marked with a great liturgical celebration in Celije monastery, a shrine in which the newly proclaimed saint of the Serbian Orthodox Church and one of the most prominent Orthodox theologians of modern times had served for three ...

Basilica News Agency of the Romanian Patriarchate Celebrates 13th Anniversary

OCP News Service - 17/6/21 Bucharest -Romania: Basilica News Agency, one among the five departments of the Basilica Media Centre (founded by Patriarch Daniel) of the Romanian Orthodox Church is celebrating 13 years of news service. The news agency was launched on 16th June 2008. It is credited as the only news agency managed by an ...

Around 19,000 Liters of Blood Being Harvested in Romanian Patriarchate Campaign

Basilica News Agency - Iulian Dumitraşcu - 17/6/21 Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety, and availability of blood and ...

Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia Discuss Cultural Preservation in Georgia

OCP News Service - 15/6/21 Tbilisi-Georgia: Philip Reeker, the Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs had a meeting with the Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of all Georgia on the 11th of June 2021. Both parties spoke about the efforts put forward by the U.S. in preserving cultural heritage and monuments in Georgia, ...

University Students Demand the Demolition of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Pristina

OCP News Service - 15/6/21 Pristina-Kosovo: A group of students from Pristina University protested against the serving of Divine Liturgy in the unfinished Serbian Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior in Pristina (located in the University Campus). The group stated that serving Liturgy was nothing but a provocation inside the University campus. On the 10th of ...

‘The Responsibilities of the Ecumenical Throne are not Negotiable, Cannot be Surrendered or Disputed’ – Patriarch Bartholomew

OCP News Service - 15/6/21 Constantinople -Turkey: “The responsibilities of our Throne are not negotiable. They cannot be surrendered. And they cannot be disposed" stated Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on his name data celebration that was held on the 11th of June 2021. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presided over the liturgy at the Patriarchal Church, on the ...

Archbishops of Cyprus and Greece Attend Conference on ‘National Polygenesis 1821-2021’ in Nicosia

OCP News Service - 14/6/21 Nicosia-Cyprus: Archbishop Ieronymos of Greece and Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus took part in a conference on the National Polygenesis on the 12th of June 2021. The conference was held as a part of the celebrations for the consecration of the New Cathedral of Nicosia. The event was attended by the Ambassador of ...

Patriarch Porfirije Expressed Gratitude to the Residents of Belgrade

Church of Serbia - 14/6/21 On the occasion of the magnificent celebration of the Ascension Day, the Patron Saint-day of the capital of Belgrade, His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, in this way expresses its greatest gratitude to all Belgraders, especially to all participants in the magnificent procession, which gathered tens of thousands of Orthodox believers. In ...

Archbishop Alexander of Baku and Azerbaijan Passes Away 

OCP News Service - 14/6/21 Baku- Azerbaijan: His Eminence Alexander the archbishop of the Russian Orthodox diocese of Baku and Azerbaijan entered eternal rest on the 10th of June 2021 after a long illness. He was the Archbishop of Azerbaijan since 1999. The late Archbishop was well known among the Azerbaijani community. He took several steps to ...

Thousands Attend ‘Sofia Pride 2021’ Amid Protest from the Orthodox Church 

OCP News Service Sofia-Bulgaria: Thousands of people attended the Sofia Pride Concert and parade that was held in the Bulgarian City capital centre on the 12th of June 2021. Tight security measures were taken to ensure the safety of the participants. Sofia globe reported that ambassadors of several counties published video messages in support of the ...

Serbian Orthodox Christian Novak Djokovic Creates History by Winning French Open -2021

OCP News Service - 14/6/21 Belgrade Serbia: Novak Djokovic of Serbia created history by winning his 19th Grand Slam title by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (6-7 (6/8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4) at the French Open on the 13th of June 2021. Djokovic became the first tennis player in fifty-two years to win all four major ...