Orthodox Churches

Russian bishop proposes renaming “communist” islands of northern archipelago

A bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church has proposed to rename the “communist” islands of Severnaya Zemlya for the centenary of the July 1918 martyrdom of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The islands were opened in 1913 by an expedition sent by Tsar Nicholas, Bishop James of Naryan-Mar and Mezen, the head of the patriarchal Russian Arctic Project, which aims to missionize and sanctify the Arctic.

First church in honor of Royal Martyrs built in Moscow

The first church in Moscow named in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs—Tsar Nicholas II and his family—has been built in the Northern District, the press service of Duma Deputy Vladimir Resin, the supervisor of the capital program for the building of churches, reported to RIA-Novosti yesterday.

The church can accommodate 200 parishioners. The chapel on the site of its construction was laid in 2013, the 400th year of the House of Romanov. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanova later made a private visit to the construction site.

Georgia looking to introduce history of religion in schools

The government of Georgia is considering introducing courses on the history of religion in the nation’s schools, reports Georgia Online. According to Georgian Minister of Education Mikhail Chkhenkeli, the subject should be taught by student choice: “I believe the history of religion should be taught as an elective in all of our schools, and we are moving in that direction.”

Patriarch Kirill meets with Ambassador of France to Russia

On 23 January 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with H.E. Sylvie Bermann, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Russian Federation.

They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence located in St. Daniel’s stavropegic monastery, by Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov) vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of France Paul-Bertrand Barets, and the first secretary of the Embassy Natalie Dupont.

Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) offers opening prayer at March for Life

Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) offers opening prayer at March for Life
Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) offers opening prayer at March for Life
Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) offers opening prayer at March for Life
Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) offers opening prayer at March for Life

Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, monastics, seminarians, laity, and thousands of others gathered in Washington D.C. on Friday for the 45th annual March for Life in protest of the national tragedy and shame of abortion. The theme of this year’s march was “Love Save Lives.”

President Poroshenko thanks Met. Onuphry for help in releasing captives

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday at the presidential administrative offices. The meeting was also attended by the Presidential Representative to the Trilateral Contact Group Irinia Gerascheno. The topic of the meeting was the process of the liberation of Ukrainian prisoners of war located in territories not under Ukrainian control, reports the official site of the President of Ukraine.

Patriarch Ilia of Georgia adds another 708 Godchildren in 52nd mass Baptism

His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia celebrated his 52nd mass Baptism yesterday in Holy Trinity Cathedral in the capital city of Tbilisi, adding another 708 Godchildren, reports Georgia Online.

The celebration began in the second half of the day, after the morning Liturgy. His Holiness arrived to the cathedral around 8:00 PM to bless his new Godchildren, who all received official certificates and Baptismal crosses.