‘Thousands of Children Took Their Last Breath Here. It is Difficult to Breath in this Place’ – Volodymyr Zelensky on the 80th Anniversary of the Babyn Yar Tragedy

OCP News Service - 10/10/21 Kyiv-Ukraine: Ukrainians commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar tragedy on the 6th of October 2021. In his speech, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine stated "In this place, the Nazis shot more than a hundred thousand people. It is difficult to speak in this place. For thousands of years, it ...

Orthodox Monk in Alaska Face Charges for Abusing Minor

OCP News Service - 10/10/21 Alaska-USA: A monk (Evan P. Nicolai) affiliated to the Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska has voluntarily submitted to the Kodiak Police Department for abusing an 8-year old minor. He may face up to 99 years of imprisonment provided he is convicted. According to the complaint, Monk Nicolai admitted that he abused ...

Eastern American Diocese of ROCOR Offers Online Catechism Talks

OCP News Service - 10/10/21 New York-USA: The astern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) invites registration for online catechism talks. Abbot Arseny, the rector of Sts. Cosmas & Damian Church in Passaic leads the talk. For registration and further details, please contact +1(201) 873-5353 or visit www.catechism718.org. Source: OCP News Service

Serbian Journalist Milorad Vucelic Decorated with the Order of St. Sava

OCP News Service - 10/10/21 Belgrade-Serbia: Milorad Vučelić, the editor-in-chief of Večernje novosti and the president of FK Partizan was decorated with the the Order of St. Sava by Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia on the 7th of October 2021. He was presented with the Order for successful cooperation with the Church, for contribution in journalism and for ...

Archbishop Theophylaktos of the Jordan Laid to Rest

OCP News Service - 10/10/21 Holy Land-Jerusalem: Archbishop Theophylaktos of the Jordan, the Patriarchal Representative in Bethlehem was laid to rest on the 9th of October 2021. The funeral was presided by Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem. A service was held at the Basilica of the Nativity and was later laid to rest at the Central ...

US Assembly of Bishops Announce Two New Pan-Orthodox Agencies on 10th Anniversary

OCP News Service - 8/10/21 New York-USA: The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America announced the creation of two New Pan-Orthodox Agencies on the occasion of the celebrations dedicated to its 10th anniversary. A Pan-Orthodox Agency for Youth and Young Adults and Orthodox Volunteer Corps are the new agencies announced. The ...

New Book – Elder Nikon of Optina by Nun Maria (Dobromyslova) – Vol. 9 From St Herman Press

St. Herman Monastery - St. Herman Press - 8/10/21 Alaska-USA: A new book titled 'Elder Nikon of Optina' by Nun Maria (Dobromyslova) - Vol. 9 is now available. Copy of the book can be purchased from the portal of the St. Herman Monastery Press. Price: $20.00 Series and Volume: Optina Elder Series: Volume 9 ISBN 978-0-938635-64-2 About the Book The Elders ...

Over 216,000 Minors Abused by French Catholic Church Clergy Since 1950- Report

OCP News Service - 7/10/21 Paris-France: A new report states that the French Catholic clergy sexually abused nearly 216,000 minors since 1950. The Independent Commission stated that it has been a massive cover up. The commission's 2500 page report has triggered massive outrage against the Roman Catholic Church. A Vatican spokesperson stated that Pope Francis express great ...

Patriarchate of Alexandria and the Leventis Foundation Completes the Preservation of Hundred Manuscripts

OCP News Service - 7/10/21 Alexandria-Egypt: Patriarchate of Alexandria, and the Leventis Foundation completed the preservation of hundred ancient manuscripts of the Alexandrian Patriarchal Library. An event was held to celebrate the marvelous feat. "These books will never die, they will always be studied by experts" stated Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria. "It is very important to ...

Holy Cross Church Damaged by Fire in Almaty (Kazakhstan)

OCP News Service - 7/10/21 Almaty - Kazakhstan: A fire has caused enormous damage on the Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Alma-Ata. The fire has completely destroyed the central dome, the main altar, the iconostasis and the interior decoration. The holy throne remained intact. Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan and the head of the the ...

‘Sport is a Blessed Competition in What Everyone Can Do Best of Themselves’ – Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia

OCP News Service - 7/10/21 Belgrade-Serbia: Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia received women's and men's Red Star Basketball professional teams at the Patriarchal residence on the 5th of October 2021. In his speech the Patriarch stated "I see sport as a spiritual discipline. Sport is a blessed competition in what everyone can do best of themselves, so ...

Armenian Genocide Monument Unveiled in Barcelona (Spain)

OCP News Service - 6/10/2021 Barcelona - Spain: Khachkar, stone cross dedicated to the Armenian Genocide victims was consecrated in the compound of the Santa Maria Reina Church in Barcelona on the 4th of October 2021, reports armradio.am. The consecration was performed by Bishop Tatev Hakobyan, the Primate of the Romanian Diocese of the Armenian Church and ...

Armenian Orthodox Liturgical Textiles on Display at the Tufts University

OCP News Service - 6/10/2021 Boston-USA: An exhibition of the Armenian Orthodox Liturgical Textiles is being held at the Tufts University Art Galleries located at the Aidekman Arts Center located at the the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA at Tufts) in Boston. The exhibition brings together a wide range of Liturgical ...

Patriarch Kirill’s Book “In His Own Words” Now Available in Chinese

OCP News Service - 6/10/21 Moscow-Russia: The Chinese version of Patriarch Kirill’s Book "In His Own Words" was released by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate at the Chinese Patriarchal Metochion in Moscow on the 30th of September 2021. Other books in Chinese language namely Catechesis: A ...

World Religious Leaders Issue Pre-COP26 Appeal on Climate Change

OCP News Service - 6/10/21 Vatican City: Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and representatives of various faith namely Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism and Jainism issued a common the Pre-COP26 appeal on Climate Change. The statement was made at Faith and Science: Towards COP26 meeting at ...

Focus Ecumenical Journal Features ‘Reconciliation and Unity’

OCP News Service - 5/10/21 Global: April 2021 Vol. 9 (4) Issue of the Focus Diaspora Journal of the Marthoma Church of Malabar, (a member of the Global Anglican Communion) is now available. This issue features 'Reconciliation and Unity'. Download - FOCUS October 2021 Vol. 9 (4) Diaspora FOCUS is a non-profit organization registered in the United States, ...

Orthodox Christian Oleksander Usyk Wins WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight Championship Titles

OCP News Service - 5/10/2021 Kiev- Ukraine/London-UK: Oleksander Usyk the famous Orthodox Christian boxer from Ukraine defeated Anthony Joshua of UK to win World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organization (WBO), International Boxing Federation (IBF), International Boxing Organization (IBO) championships. The match took place on the 2th of September 2021 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, UK. ...

Archimandrite Sava (Bundalo) Consecrated Bishop of Marca and the Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch

OCP News Service - 5/10/21 Belgrade-Serbia: Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia consecrated Archimandrite Sava (Bundalo) as the Bishop of Marca and the Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch on the 3rd of October at the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in Belgrade. A large number of faithful, dignitaries, and invited guests took part in the ordination ceremony. Source: OCP News Service

Rector of Sofia Theological Seminary to be Ordained a Bishop

OCP News Service - 5/10/21 Sofia-Bulgaria: Most Reverend Archimandrite Pachomius, the rector of the Sofia Theological Seminary will be ordained a Bishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on the 18th of October 2021. The ceremony  will be held at the St. John of Rila monastery. Post ordination, the prelate will continue his duties as the rector of ...

New Academic Year Begins at the Polish Orthodox Seminary in Warsaw

OCP News Service - 5/10/21 Warsaw-Poland: The new academic year (2021/2022) was launched at the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Warsaw on the 14th of September 2021. The celebrations began with an all-night vigil. Liturgy was served by Metropolitan Sawa. "Young people, have come to the seminary to take the Cross of Christ on your back. It is ...