Priest of Russian Orthodox Church sanctifies shelter for homeless in New York

The charitable foundation “Saint John Give Hope,” working closely with the patriarchal parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the United States and with the Orthodox Church in America, opened its own homeless shelter in New York. On November 11, the building was consecrated by the clergyman of the St. Nicholas Russian Cathedral Igumen Nicodemus (Balyasnikov).

Chechnya’s third Orthodox church to open in summer 2018

An Orthodox church in the village of Shelkovskaya in the northeastern Chechen region of Shelkovskoy, construction on which began in April, will open for parishioners in the summer of 2018. The interior decorating work in the church will soon begin, assistant to the head of Chechnya Daniel Martinov reported to TASS yesterday. The church will be the third Orthodox parish in the republic which is 95% Muslim.

Guatemalan jungle church attracting non-orthodox neighbors

The building of a new church structure in the jungles of Guatemala is well underway and drawing the attention and patronage of even non-Orthodox neighbors, reports Fr. John Chakos, a missionary for the Orthodox Church in Guatemala, on the blog “The Word From Guatemala.”

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk continues his pilgrimage to Mount Athos

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk continues his pilgrimage to Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk continues his pilgrimage to Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk continues his pilgrimage to Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk continues his pilgrimage to Mount Athos

On 12 December 2017, in continuation of his visit to Mount Athos, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Holy Annunciation of the Vatopedi Monastery, in which he had arrived the day before with a group of pilgrims. Concelebrating with the archpastor were Rev. Dimitry Ageyev, cleric of the Moscow Church of ‘Joy of All Who Sorrow’ Icon of the Mother of God; Rev. Anatoly Churyakov, DECR staff member; and the ordained brethren of the abode. The service was followed by a brotherly repast and the Rite of the Lifting of the Panagia.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk begins his pilgrimage to Mount Athos

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk begins his pilgrimage to Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk begins his pilgrimage to Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk begins his pilgrimage to Mount Athos
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk begins his pilgrimage to Mount Athos

On 11 December 2017, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, arrived on Mount Athos.