Orthodox Churches

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.

Patriarch Kirill’s sends letters to Patriarch Maxim and Bulgarian president concerning the European Court

In February 2009, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received a letter from His Holiness Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria and the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, notifying him of the decision made by the European Court of Human Rights on 22 January 2009 on the complaint lodged by the Bulgarian schismatic organization led by Innokentiy, ‘Metropolitan of Sofia'. The letter stated in particular that by this decision the European Court of Human Rights accused the Republic of Bulgaria of having violated Article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms because it believed the state had interfered in the canonical matters through law and actions to settle a dispute between ‘two leaderships' of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria received the new Ambassador of Cyprus in Egypt, Mr Konstantinos Leontiou

On 17th March 2009 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, received the new Ambassador of Cyprus in Egypt, Mr Konstantinos Leontiou at the Patriarchal See, together with Mrs. Ioanna Mallioti, Head of Protocol of the Republic of Cyprus, who discussed with His Beatitude issues regarding the visit by His Excellency Mr. Dimitris Christofias, President of the Cyprus Republic to the ancient Patriarchate next April.