Orthodox Churches

Ancient Georgian Gospel included in UNESCO document list

The international UNESCO “Memory of the World” register has published a new world heritage list for 2017, which includes an ancient Georgian manuscript of the Gospel, reports News-Georgia.

Memory of the world is a program for the protection of the world documentary heritage, created in 1992. The decision to include the Georgian manuscript among the 78 documents on the new list was made at the committee meeting in Paris in October.

2017 Pan Orthodox Clergy retreat

The Annual Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat was organized this year by the St. Sebatian Orthodox Press, a Ministry of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, with the blessings of the Hierarchs of the California Orthodox jurisdictions of California: Metropolitan Gerasimos (Greek), Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian), Archbishop Kyrill (ROCOR), Bishop Maxim (Serbian), and Archbishop Benjamin (OCA) and was held on November 9 & 10, 2017 at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.

Ecumenical Patriarch is offered an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ecumenical Patriarch is offered an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ecumenical Patriarch is offered an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ecumenical Patriarch is offered an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ecumenical Patriarch is offered an honorary doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

In the agenda of the 10th Academic Conference of the “Orthodox-Jewish Dialogue” which takes place in Jerusalem from 22nd November/5th December to Thursday 24th November/7th December 2017, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem decided to pay His All-holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the honorable distinction of the DOCTOR PHILOSOPHIAE honoris causa.

Fire threatens St. Barbara Monastery, Santa Paula, CA; nuns evacuated

The nuns of Saint Barbara Monastery here were evacuated, along with their neighbors, after an explosive brush fire broke out late Monday, December 4, 2017.  By early Tuesday morning, the rapidly moving blaze had spread from about 50 acres to an estimated 31,000 acres, forcing thousands of area residents to flee.

What has been named the “Thomas Fire” began in a canyon near Santa Paula, about 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.  In a predawn announcement issued by local fire officials on Tuesday morning, December 5, it was reported that “the fire remains out of control and structures continue to be threatened throughout the fire area.”

Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania

Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania
Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania
Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania
Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania

On 5 December 2017, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania at the Patriarchal residence located in St. Daniel’s stavropegic monastery.

Primates of Russian and Polish Orthodox Churches meet in Moscow

Primates of Russian and Polish Orthodox Churches meet in Moscow
Primates of Russian and Polish Orthodox Churches meet in Moscow
Primates of Russian and Polish Orthodox Churches meet in Moscow
Primates of Russian and Polish Orthodox Churches meet in Moscow

On 5 December 2017, at the Patriarchal residence in St. Daniel’s Monastery in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland.