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 ...

Over 35000 Faithful Attend the 1033rd Anniversary Celebration of the Baptism of Russia

OCP News Service - 29/7/21 Kyiv-Russia: Over 35000 Faithful took part in the 1033rd Anniversary celebration of the Baptism of Russia (Kievan Rus'). Metropolitan Onufriy of Kyiv and All Ukraine together with representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches, the episcopate and the clergy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church led the Great Procession in the city of ...

The Synod of Ecumenical Patriarchate to Discuss ‘the Significance of Medicine in the Fight Against the Pandemic’

OCP News Service - 28/7/21 Constantinople -Turkey: The next Synod of the Church of Constantinople will be held from the ist of to the 3rd of September 2021 at Phanar in Turkey. One of the key topics of discussion will be regarding the significant role played by medicines and vaccines in the fight against the pandemic. The ...

The Forty Seventh ‘Black Anniversary’ of the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus Observed

OCP News Service - 28/7/21 Nicosia-Cyprus: The Church and Government of Cyprus observed the 47th 'Black Anniversary' of the Turkish Invasion of Cyprus on the 20th July 2021. Special prayers were made by Archbishop Chrysostomos II at the Cathedral of Apostle Barnabaspresence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Anastasiadis, the Speaker of ...

Lavrov Urge World Community For the Protection of Christians in Middle East and North Africa

OCP News Service - 27/7/21 Moscow - Russia: Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation has urged the world community to take constructive steps to protect Christians in the Middle East and North Africa. He was talking to the Rossiya-24 TV channel, reports TASS News Agency. Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate ...

The Destruction of Serbian Orthodox Churches in Kosovo – BIRN Report (July 2021)

OCP News Service - 27/7/21 Kosovo: The Balkan Insight has published a report on the pathetic conditions of the several Serbian Orthodox Churches in Kosovo. The article titled 'Enmity and Neglect Take Toll on Serb Churches in Kosovo' explains in detail the sad plight of Serbian Orthodox Churches in the Kosovo region. According to the report, several ...

Byzanfest Invites Submission of Short-films, Feature-lengths and Screenplays

OCP News Service - 27/7/21 USA: Byzanfest, invites submission for the 2021 Orthodox Film Festival. The festival is organised in collaboration with the St Katherine Orthodox university, California. Founded in 2014, Byzanfest is the international film festival of Orthodox Christian Cinema. It is the worlds only film festival exclusively dedicated to Orthodox Christian movies. Please visit the below ...

The Second Issue of the International Nikolai Studies Journal – Now Available

The Nicholai Studies Journal- OCP News Service – 26/7/2021 Belgrade-Serbia: The second issue of the Nicholai Studies Journal has been published. Digital copies can be accessed by visiting https://nicholaistudies.org/ The journal is available in English and in Serbian https://doi.org/10.46825/nicholaistudies/ns.2021.1. The Nicholai Studies: International Journal for Research of Theological and Ecclesiastical Contribution of Nicholai Velimirovich The Nicholai Studies ...