Orthodox Churches

Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovitsy and Bukovina elected Primate of the Ukranian Orthodox Church

On August 13, 2014, the Bishops’ Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which took place at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, elected Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev, as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The Council was attended by 82 bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church including 52 diocesan bishops, 22 suffragan bishops, and 8 (out of 9) supernumerary bishops.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Scholarship

The Ecumenical Patriarchate recently developed the “Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Scholarship” program, with funding provided by the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation (the “Kulis Foundation”).

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has tirelessly supported the education of his community for many years, and this program has emerged as the first-ever fully funded scholarship program. It is designed to provide scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education who are members of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s community in Turkey.

This year’s recipients were selected by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew based on their commitment to serve their historic Greek Orthodox Christian Community and their strong desire to pursue higher education. Therefore, it is with great joy that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Kulis Foundation announce the names of the 2014 scholarship recipients:

The feast of Saint Panteleimon the Great Martyr

The feast of Saint Panteleimon the Great Martyr
The feast of Saint Panteleimon the Great Martyr
The feast of Saint Panteleimon the Great Martyr
The feast of Saint Panteleimon the Great Martyr

On Saturday, the 27th of July/9th of August 2014, the Patriarchate commemorated St Panteleimon, the great martyr and healer, in the Church dedicated to him, which lies in the Christian quarter, between the Patriarchate and David’s Gate.

Procession of the cross in honour of St. John of Rila starts in Bulgaria

The fifth procession of the cross, “The Wonder-Worker of Rila”, in honor of the first Bulgarian hermit Venerable John (Ivan) of Rila (c. 876-946; feast: October 19/November 1) has started in the Bulgarian capital, reports the official website of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria.

On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau

On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau
On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau
On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau
On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau

This year’s feast of Kazan Icon of the Theotokos marked the 25th anniversary of His Eminence Vladimir’s arch-pastoral ordination.

On Monday, 21st July, His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau, assisted by Moldovan clergy, praying for, and supported by numerous church-goers seeking spiritual food and elevation.

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane

On Monday, August 4, 2014, the feast day of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Russian Convent in Gethsemane marked the occasion with Divine Liturgy in its “Royal” Church. Officiating was His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Overseer of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. He was joined by Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Chief of the REM, as well as visiting clergymen.