Orthodox Churches

King Philippe of Belgium attended the celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated in the Holy Metropolis of Belgium in the presence of King Philippe of Belgium, on Sunday, March 17.

Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium and the Exarch of the Netherlands and Luxembourg officiated the Inter-Orthodox Divine Liturgy, accompanied by Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Kyrenia, Bishop Dositheus from the Georgian Patriarchate and clerics of all Orthodox denominations in Belgium, while Bishop Marcos from the Romanian Patriarchate prayed during the Divine Liturgy, which took place at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Brussels.

Sunday of Orthodoxy celebrated at Evangelismos Church in the presence of the President of the Republic

Yesterday, in the presence of the President of Greek Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Restoration of the Holy Icons, was celebrated.

The Synodical Divine Liturgy was held at the Metropolitan Church of Evangelismos, presided by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and assisted by Metropolitans Seraphim of Kythira, Chrysostomos of Patra, Cosmas of Aetolia, Jeremiah of Gortynos, Dionisios of Corinth, Theocletus of Ierissos, Panteleimon of Maroneia, Georgios of Kitrous, Maximus of Ioannina, Chariton of Elasson, David of Grevena and the Archsecretary of the Holy Synod Bishop Klimis of Methonis.

Greek Synod appoints two commissions to study Ukrainian issue

The permanent Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church met under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece from March 5-7, discussing various issues, including relations between the Church and state, and the Ukrainian crisis. As OrthoChristian previously reported, no final decision was made about whether or not to recognize the Ukrainian schismatic church.

The Minister of Defence visited the Patriarch of Alexandria

Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and all Africa met with the Minister of Defence Evangelos Apostolakis in connection with the official visit of the Minister in Egypt.

The Minister of Defence was accompanied by Ambassador of Greece to Egypt Michael Diamesis and Consul General of Greece in Alexandria Athanasios Kotsionis.

Austria: 450,000 Orthodox believers live in the country

The number of Orthodox Christians living in Austria today is 400,000 to 450,000, according to a cover story in the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), for the Clean Monday celebration by the Orthodox and the religious customs of the Great Lent.

As pointed out, the exact number of Orthodox believers in Austria is not known, as there are no newer official figures since the last census that had taken place in the country in 2001.

The Foreign Minister of Turkey met with the Metropolitan of Smyrna

Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna attended a meal with Turkish Foreign Minister MevlutCavusoglu.

Georgios Theodoridis, president of the Orthodox Community of Smyrna and pastors of the Anglican community, of the Protestants and the Baptists of the city, as well as representatives of the Jewish community, were also present at the meal.

Schismatic parishes abroad violating tomos of autocephaly, refusing to transfer to Constantinople

According to conditions laid out in the tomos of autocephaly given to the Ukrainian schismatic church by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, all parishes outside of Ukraine itself are to be transferred to Constantinople’s jurisdiction. The tomos also stipulates that it is given on the basis of all the conditions mentioned therein.