„Green Patriarch“

His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on May 2, 2011 joined the excursion of the Orthodox youth in Turkey, accompanying young  secondary pupils and students until the lake Sapanza in the area of ancient Nicomedia. After the stroll and joint lunch, young received besides gifts also Patriarchal blessing and a moral that faith in resurrected Lord should be a foundation of life of each Christian, as well as preserving God's creation should be concern of all people.

New St. Theophan the Recluse manuscripts discovered on Mt. Athos

From May 10-28, 2011, there was an expedition to the St. Panteleimon Monastery on Mt. Athos of a scholarly editorial council for the Complete Works of St. Theophan the Recluse, reports the website of the publishing department of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The main goal of the expedition is to study the manuscripts, letters, and other documents that comprise the creative heritage of the St. Theophan, which are located in the archives of the Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery, the St. Andrew and St. Elias Sketes, and a number of other Athonite monasteries. The manuscripts found will undergo more thorough study, with the aim of using them in the preparation of the first scholarly publication of the Complete Works of St. Theophan the Recluse.

International Conference on Orthodox Church Music Concludes

The 4th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music concluded on Friday, 10 June 2011 here, at the School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland. The conference, hosted by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), featured participants from twenty different countries presenting papers on a variety of topics related to the conference's overall theme of "Unity and Variety in Orthodox Music: Theory and Practice."

Release, statement mark closing of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America

From May 25-27, the second annual Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America gathered for its meeting at the Chicago O'Hare Hilton. There was a total of 45 bishops in attendance. In addition, nearly all of the members were present at the Assembly: the Ecumenical Patriarchate, including the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and the Albanian Orthodox Diocese; the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese; the Patriarchate of Moscow, including the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia; the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Americas; the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church; and the Orthodox Church in America. Not represented were the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese, as they currently have no bishop, owing to the recent repose of Metropolitan Nicholas; the Georgian Orthodox Church, whose bishop resides in Georgia; most of the bishops of Canada and Mexico, as the Canadian bishops anticipate their own assembly, as do those of Mexico and Central America who have requested to join the Assembly of South America. The Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church were detained by the business of their Synod in Belgrade, which was in session at the same time, and by delays in travel caused by the volcanic ash over Europe, and so were not able to attend.

Historic concelebration of the Divine Liturgy by OCA Metropolitan Jonah, ROCOR Metropolitan Hilarion

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America [OCA], and His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia [ROCOR], concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Nicholas Cathedral here on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

The Liturgy was an historic one, in that it marked "the first joint service of the American Bishops and the Russian Orthodox Church after nearly 70 years of the liturgical period of absence of communication," according to the web site of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. It represents the fruit of the diligent labors undertaken by the joint OCA-ROCOR Commission.