Church Calls for Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the “Political Crisis” in Armenia

OCP News Service - 26/2/21 Yerevan-Armenia: The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church has issued a statement regarding the current political crisis in the country between the government of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and the Armed Forces. The statement reads: “The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, upon learning of the statement issued ...

A Voice for Our Time: Alexander Schmemann’s Radio Liberty Talks Published

SVOTS - 26/2/21 [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY] Nearly ten years in the making, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press has released A Voice for Our Time: Radio Liberty Talks, Vol. 1, featuring an English translation of Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s broadcasts into the Soviet Union that began in 1953. PURCHASE A COPY HERE In his broadcasts on Radio Liberty, Fr. ...

Romanian Church Holy Synod Meets for First Time in 2021 : Urges Responsibility During Celebration of Holy Mysteries

Basilica News Service - Aurelian Iftimiu - 26/2/21 The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church held its working session at the Patriarchal Palace under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Holy Synod elected by secret ballot the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nichifor Horia as Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Iasi. ...

Romanian Church’s Philanthropy Increases During Pandemic Year: EUR 38 Mln

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 26/2/21 On Tuesday, the National Church Council approved the General Activity Report of the Romanian Orthodox Church for 2020, entitled: “In the fight against the pandemic, the Church has intensified prayer, philanthropy and the protection of human health.” The Church invested 38 million euros to provide support in the pandemic ...

Watch Webinar on “War Violence and Domestic Violence in Tigray- Ethiopia” by Dr Romina Istratii

War violence and domestic violence: Understanding the relationship and linkages with forced migration and religious beliefs from Project dldl/ድልድል on Vimeo. OCP News Service - 26/2/21 SOAS-UK: Project dldl/ድልድል led by Dr Romina Istratii at SOAS delivered a webinar on war violence and domestic violence to inform humanitarian responses in Tigray, Ethiopia The webinar aimed to identify the ...

It Was Necessary to Show by Deeds How Important Philanthropy Is, Patriarch Daniel says

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 25/2/21 The Romanian Orthodox Church marked the commemorative year of the Romanian philanthropists (2020) through concrete activities, said Patriarch Daniel in his opening remarks at the National Church Assembly’s meeting at the Patriarchate Palace on Wednesday. “We did not start with the history of philanthropists, but with the deeds of philanthropy, because ...

Metropolitan Nicolae: Romanians in America Want to Keep their Identity Through the Church

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 25/2/21 The generation of Romanians who emigrated overseas after 1990 “is the generation of Romanians who want to keep their Romanian identity through the Church,” said the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of the Two Americas in an interview with Lumina Newspaper. Therefore, “it is essential to continue to pray in Romanian, ...

The Metropolitan Laurus Synodal School of Liturgical Music Announces its Summer Session Schedule

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 25/2/21 The Metropolitan Laurus Synodal School of Liturgical Music (SSLM) is pleased to announce the 2021 dates of its annual summer session – July 18 to July 31, and that general registration is now open. Further information about registration ...

“Know My Church” – Children’s Illustrative Guidebook on the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church

OCP News Service - 25/2/21 Nagpur-India: Prepared by Fr Jobin Varghese & Dn Jaison John, a new illustrative guidebook for kids on the "Indian Orthodox Malankara Church is now available for purchase.  Get your copy from Amazon About the Book Children's illustrative guidebook on Indian Orthodox Church. This book is prepared and published under the auspices of the faculty ...

The Vatican Conference Promote Mary as “a Jewish, Christian and Muslim Woman” and a “Bridge” Between Roman Catholic and Islamic World

OCP News Service - 24/2/21 Vatican City: The Pontifical International Marian Academy (Pontificia Academia Mariana Internationalis/ PAMI) has begun promoting Mother Mary (Holy Theotokos) as a tool of reconciliation between Roman Catholicism and the Islamic world. The Marian Academy launched a webinar dialogue series on the 18th of February, 2021, titled "Mary, a model for faith ...

One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the First Bulgarian Church People’s Assembly in Constantinople 

OCP News Service - 24/02/21 Sofia-Bulgaria: The 23rd of February 2021 marked the 150th anniversary of the convening of the First Church-People's Council in 1871 in Constantinople. The First Church-People's Assembly, convened in Constantinople in 1871, was a memorable event in the socio-political life of the Revival of Bulgaria. The two major objectives of the gathering were ...

“Freedom and Responsibility as Viewed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill” – Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (International Hellenic University Online Seminar – 16th February 2021)

DECR Communication Service  - 24/2/21 "Freedom and Responsibility as Viewed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill". Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (International Hellenic University online seminar, 16th February 2021). Your Eminence and Your Graces, All-honourable fathers, brothers and sisters, I wholeheartedly greet all of you, the organisers and participants ...

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije congratulated Novak Djokovic on his victory at the Australian Open

Church of Serbia - 24/02/21 On the occasion of another great success of tennis player Novak Djokovic, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch sent a greeting card with the following content: I congratulate our Novak Djokovic on his great victory at the Australian tournament, but also, even more, on his new feat. What he does is a top ...

Catholics-Mooppen Marthoma Paulose II Tests Covid Positive

His Holiness Marthoma Paulose II (Catholicos-Mooppan, and Malankara Metropolitan)

OCP News Service – 23/2/21 Kottayam-Kerala-India: His Holiness Marthoma Paulose II (Catholicos-Mooppan, and Malankara Metropolitan), has tested positive for Covid-19. Primate of the Malankara Church has been admitted to the St Gregorious Hospital at Parumala as part of the treatment. Reports state that the Catholicos is stable and he is currently presiding over the latest session of ...

Archbishop Varsanufie: The Church has Actively Contributed to Roma Liberation, Social Inclusion

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 23/2/21 The Church has actively contributed to Romani people’s liberation, and supports their social inclusion, the Archbishop of Râmnic said on Saturday, during a memorial service for the Roma who died in deportation and slavery. The event marked 165 years since the liberation of Roma in Romanian Principalities. Representatives of the Roma ...

Over 690 Indigenous People Baptized by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Amid Persecution

Menetasnot Desta - Delegate of Horn of Africa & Head of Ethiopian Affairs - OCP News Service - 22/2/21 Addis Ababa- Ethiopia: St. Moses, the black, Ethiopian monk was one of the monastic fathers commemorated in ancient churches, especially in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Even though he is one of the most famous Church ...

“Changing Attitude and Attaining God’s Grace!” by Emiliya Ahmadova

Emiliya Ahmadova - OCP Articles - 22/2/21 Humans are constantly chased after something. Yet, when they reach their destination or satisfy their desires, at times at the expense of others, they don’t find complete happiness or peace of mind. Sometimes the feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction stick to them. Destructive self-pride grows, turning into arrogance and ...

Serbian Orthodox Christian Novak Djokovic Wins Australian Open – 2021

OCP News Service - 21/2/21 Australia: Novak Djokovic of Serbia earned his 18th Grand Slam title by beating (7-5 6-2 6-2) Daniil Medvedev of Russia at the Australian Open on 21st February 2021. Djokovic extended his own record by claiming the Australian Open title for the ninth time. “Before I am an athlete, I am an Orthodox ...

Orthodox Christian Awarded the Prestigious “Professor Margaret O’Gara Scholarship”

OCP News Service - 21/2/21 Canada: Andrew Youssef, a PhD student at the Faculty of Divinity of the Trinity College affiliated with the University of Toronto, has been awarded the prestigious Professor Margaret O’Gara Scholarship 2020-21. This award is granted to students whose research in the area of ecumenism and the study of schisms between the Christian ...

The Narva-Jõesuu Orthodox Church Destroyed by Fire Seeking Help for Restoration

OCP News Service - 20/2/21 Tallinn-Estonia: The parish Church of the icon of the Mother of God "Kazan" in the city of Narva-Jõesuu, Estonia was destroyed in a fire. The members are seeking help for the restoration of their Church building. The fire brigade arrived on time and prevented the complete destruction of the wooden church. However, ...

New Book “Patriarch Pavle – Saint of Our Time” to be Released in the Bulgarian Language

OCP News Service - 20/2/21 Sofia-Bulgaria: With the blessing of the Metropolitan of Lovchani Gavriil (Diocese of Lovchani), the new Bulgarian edition of the book titled "Patriarch Pavle - Saint of Our Time", authored by the French Orthodox theologian Prof. Jean-Claude Larcher is getting ready for release. The publication project is carried out with the assistance ...