Greek, Turkish Cypriots open restored monastery as leaders meet in Switzerland

Cypriot Greek and Turkish communities on Monday opened the newly restored Apostolos Andreas monastery – a jointly funded project – as the island’s two leaders met in Switzerland for talks on a conflict that has defied mediation for decades.

10th anniversary of ministry and the name-day of Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostom

On Sunday, 13 November 2016, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus celebrateд the 10th anniversary of his fruitful archpastoral ministry and the name-day.

On the eve of the feast-day of Saint John Chrysostom, on 12 November 2016, a festal Vesper service was celebrated in the church of St. Sophia in Strovolos in the prayerful presence of Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus and New Justiniana and His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, who was paying an official visit to the Church of Cyprus.

Trump names Orthodox Christian as White House chief of staff

President-elect Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus, an Orthodox Christian, as his White House chief of staff come January 2017.

The forty-four year old Priebus has a long history in politics, and is a personal friend of House speaker Paul Ryan, which is expected to help in garnering legislative victories for the Trump administration, The Guardian reports.

Petition written up against holding Eurovision Contest in Kiev’s St. Sophia’s

A petition to prohibit holding the opening ceremony of the singing contest “Eurovision 2017” on the territory of Kiev’s St. Sophia’s Cathedral national preserve has appeared on the Kiev City Council’s website, reports RIA-Novosti.

The St. Sophia’s preserve, under UNESCO protection, is being considered by the event’s organizers as the venue for the opening ceremony of “Eurovision 2017.”

Relics of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki Welcomed in Belarus

The right hand of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki is touring Belarus for veneration. These days the Greek delegation headed by Metropolitan Panteleimon of Veria and Naoussa is on a visit with the relics in the capital and few cities of the central and eastern Belarus. The relics is in Belarus as part of the celebrations of the feast of St Demetrius.