Supporters of Constantinople-recognized church structure in Ukraine capturing churches of Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Despite repeated statements of Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko that – in spite of the creation of a new church structure inspired with his participation – each person will be free to choose to which church to come and that there will be no forcible captures of monasteries, churches and other facilities, new reports keep coming about actions of radicals and local authorities aimed to effect a lawless transfer of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church parishes to the jurisdiction of the schismatic association which has received ‘autocephaly’ from Constantinople.

Archbishops of Greece and Albania meet to discuss Ukrainian issue

His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Albania met in Athens today, discussing the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, reports vimaorthodoxias.gr.

No details on their discussion have been released yet. Leaving the diocesan center in Athens, Abp. Anastasios commented only that he had come to wish Abp. Ieronymos a happy new year.

Christmas celebration in Santiago de Chile

Christmas celebration in Santiago de Chile
Christmas celebration in Santiago de Chile
Christmas celebration in Santiago de Chile
Christmas celebration in Santiago de Chile

The seventh time since the foundation of the parish of Saint Nicholas of Zhicha in Santiago de Chile the Nativity of Christ was solemnly celebrated. The  solemnity took place in the church of the Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God under the auspices of the Patriarchate of Antioch, where otherwise this international Orthodox community celebrates all the services and performs other parish activities.

Toliara bishop ordained

Toliara bishop ordained
Toliara bishop ordained
Toliara bishop ordained
Toliara bishop ordained

Bishop Prodromos of Toliara and South Madagascar was ordained to the episcopate Sunday in a service presided over by Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria and All Africa and attended by the Greek deputy foreign minister responsible for religious affairs, Markos Bolaris.

Bright Celebration of Holy Theophany throughout the Country

Bright Celebration of Holy Theophany throughout the Country
Bright Celebration of Holy Theophany throughout the Country
Bright Celebration of Holy Theophany throughout the Country
Bright Celebration of Holy Theophany throughout the Country

Thousands of faithful throughout the country celebrated Theophany in their local churches and by singing the hymn "When you, O Lord, were baptized in Jordan..." headed towards the rivers where the cross would be thrown. The very low temperatures did not prevent many young people from diving into the icy waters to capture the cross and receive its blessing.