Orthodox Churches

First Synod under Patriarch Kirill opens on March 31

First since Metropolitan Kirill was elected to the Moscow patriarchal see session of the Holy Synod will be held on March 31, Tuesday, the Patriarchate's press service has reported. The session is to open in the afternoon at St. Daniel's Monastery. Patriarch Kirill will chair the meeting.

Patriarch Kirill urges scientists to serve Motherland, blending science and morality

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia urged intellectual elite of Russia to remember that it is very important to base on spiritual and moral values in their scientific work.

"Much will change in Russia and in the world, if we blend science and morality, education and firm convictions, if we ingrain voluntary self-sacrifice into our intellectual elite as there can't be true service to Motherland and people without it," Patriarch Kirill said on Friday in his sermon after the service in St. Tatiana Church at Moscow State University.

House of Romanovs files pleas for rehabilitation of members of Russian royal family

The House of Romanovs on Friday filed pleas with the Russian Prosecutor General's Office requesting the rehabilitation of members of the royal family who were executed after the revolution.

"Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna believes that all the members of the royal family named in the plea had fallen victim to the arbitrariness of the totalitarian state and were exposed to political reprisals on social, class and religious grounds," German Lukyanov, a lawyer of the House of Romanovs, told Interfax.

Patriarch Kirill marks a positive role of crisis

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said that the global economic crisis will do its bit for spiritual improvement of people, despite its adverse effects.

"Not only is the crisis our plague, it is also our blessing. It gives us a good opportunity for soul-searching and makes us think. Following our well-trodden ways, we get used to our bread-and-butter sandwich, but when this sandwich is taken from our mouths, this means a challenge and an impulse," Patriarch Kirill said Sunday at a press conference in Kaliningrad.

Parade in Greektown to honor Greek culture

The 8th annual Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade is to roll through downtown Detroit starting at 3 p.m. Sunday in front of the Compuware building on Monroe. The parade is to end in Greektown near St. Antoine.

Challenges of Orthodoxy in America and the Role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Reverend Protopresbyter Nicholas Triantafyllou, President,
Reverend Protopresbyter Thomas Fitzgerald, Dean of the School of Theology,
Reverend and Esteemed Members of the Faculty and staff,
Dear Students,

It is an exceptional honor and a great joy for me to be here today, among you, with the blessing and permission of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch and the consent of His Eminence the Archbishop of America, in order to share with you some thoughts regarding the present condition of Orthodoxy in America and our Ecumenical Patriarchate's position towards it.