Orthodox Churches

Statement about Preparations for the 13th General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches

The Orthodox on the way to Lyon
‘Called to One Hope in Christ'

STATEMENT

1. Upon the invitation of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and under the moderatorship of His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima (Ecumenical Patriarchate), 27 hierarchs, priests, deacons, university professors and lay persons (male and female), representing nearly all of the Orthodox Churches members of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), gathered in Ierapetra, Crete, Greece, from 27 to 30 April 2009, within the framework of preparations for the 13th General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, which will be held in Lyon, France, from 15 to 21 July 2009, under the theme, "Called to One Hope in Christ". The Consultation was honored by the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Irineos of Crete at the official opening prayer at Saint George Cathedral in Ierapetra and the inaugural session, as well as by His Eminence Metropolitan Damaskinos of Kydonia and Apokoronas (Chania).

Consecration of Russian church in Rome scheduled for May 24

The Board of Trustees of the Russian church of the Great Martyr Saint Catherine in Rome has lauded the progress of the final preparations for the festivities on the consecration of the church scheduled for May 24. "We are approaching the festivities. Tasks are being carried out. The mechanism of decision-making is clear to all," Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at a meeting of the board in St. Daniel's Monastery.

Primate of the Orthodox Church in America prays in Valaam where he took monastic vows

Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada in frames of his official visit to the Russian Church came to Valaam , where he once was a novice and decided to become a monk. Bishop Pankraty of Troitsk, Abbot of the Transfiguration Monastery, welcomed Metropolitan Jonah and priest travelling with him. With the bells ringing, the delegation proceeded to the lower church of the cathedral where they prayed to the founders of the monastery and venerated their holy relics, the Moscow Patriarchate official web site has reported.

Religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations - Russian Patriarch tells Ukrainian PM

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the development of relations with Ukraine ranks among his priorities and that the religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations. Relations between Ukraine and Russia "are the central, not peripheral task," the Patriarch said during talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at Moscow's St. Daniel monastery on Wednesday.

Religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations - Russian Patriarch tells Ukrainian PM

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has said that the development of relations with Ukraine ranks among his priorities and that the religious factor must be strengthened in bilateral relations. Relations between Ukraine and Russia "are the central, not peripheral task," the Patriarch said during talks with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at Moscow's St. Daniel monastery on Wednesday.

Primate of Orthodox Church in America to visit Russia

Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada elected head of the Orthodox Church in America in November is to arrive in Russia on Saturday, according to a report posted on the Moscow Patriarchate website.

During his visit which will continue until May 4 Metropolitan Jonah will meet with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and visit holy places in Moscow, the Holy Trinity - St. Sergius Laura and the Valaam Monastery. Metropolitan Jonah and Patriarch Kirill will also jointly conduct religious services at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral on April 26 and at the Kremlin's Cathedral of the Assumption on May 3.