The State Council of Komi conveyed Russian government its findings on the question of naming a Subpolar Ural peak "Mount of St. Stephan of Perm." The peak is located at a crossroads of touristic routes. If federal authorities back up this initiative, it will be the first Russian mountain named after an Orthodox saint, as the Pravoslaviye na Severnoy Zemle website has reported on Wednesday.
For many in Cyprus, they know Orthodoxy has been there since before AD 100. What they have not seen is an English-speaking Orthodox parish on Cyprian soil. Fr. Joseph Coleman has changed all that. A convert to the faith from Texas, Fr. Coleman is a native born American without any Greek heritage. He, like many others, came to the Orthodox Church by attending a liturgy and then reading, studying and praying. After being a deacon for five years, he was ordained the the Holy Priesthood two years ago.
Dean of Orthodox churches in Rostov-on-Don Archpriest Ioann Osyak is decorated with the order of Sts Peter and Fevronia of Murom, heavenly protectors of family. The 18th child has been recently born to his family. Now he has got ten daughters and eight sons, the Express-Gazeta has reported on Tuesday.
Lutheran pastor from Norway, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected 7th general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
Tveit has been in the past seven years the general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations. Otherwise, he was a parish priest in Haram and an army chaiplan.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, a spiritual leader who represents Eastern Orthodox Christianity, has called for the creation of a churches' umbrella body in Europe to include Roman Catholics alongside Anglicans, Orthodox and Protestants.
"It is only by engaging in dialogue and by closely cooperating that the churches will prove capable of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to the world in a convincing and effective way," the Orthodox leader said in a 19 July address in Lyon, France to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Conference of European Churches.