Orthodox Churches

Ecumenical Patriarch: We must display strong spiritual resistance against hatred and violence

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expresses his revulsion and deep shock at the murderous US shootings at El Paso, Texas, which killed 20 and injured twenty six fellow citizens, but also at the bloody attack in Dayton, Ohio, which killed and injured many of our fellow citizens.  Patriarch Bartholomew said he strongly condemns all acts of hatred, be it racial, religious or social, but also any form of violence and fundamentalism, wherever they may come from.

Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus

Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus
Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus
Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus
Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus

According to an old custom, a fragment of the remains of Saint Dionysius, Patron Saint and Curator of all Pieria, was transferred for the 15th of August from the homonymous monastery of Olympus to Katerini. 

Specifically, on Thursday, August 1, in the central park of the city, the reception of the Holy Relics was held in the presence of the Clergy and the People, led by Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna. Then a liturgical procession was formed to the Church of Virgin Mary Pantanassa. There the relic was placed next to the icon of Panagia Odigitria.

Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios

Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios
Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios
Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios
Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios

With the participation of six Archpriests, many priests and a crowd of people, the 27th anniversary of the enthronement of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Albania was celebrated on Friday, August 2, at the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral of Tirana. 

This event is a starting point for the rebuilding, rebirth and reestablishment of the Church in the neighboring country.

Ecumenical Patriarch will visit Mount Athos in October

On Saturday, August 3, a Delegation of the Holy Community of Mount Athos, consisting of Monk Nikodemos Lavriotis, Monk Nikodemos Agiopavlitis and Hieromonk Sisois Xenofontinos, had a cooperation with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, so as to schedule the visit by Bartholomew to Mount Athos, 19-22 October.

On Saturday, October 19, the Ecumenical Patriarch will arrive at Xenophontos Monastery, his first stop on Mount Athos. At the Arsanas (a small port that only the monks have the access) of the Monastery there shall take place the official welcome of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew by the Abbot, the Holy Primates and the Representatives of the 20 Athonite Holy Monasteries.

Tonsure of a new monk at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The monk’s tonsure of the novice and helper of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Basil took place at the Pentecost chapel in the Patriarchate on Thursday afternoon, July 19/ August 1, 2019. The tonsure was performed by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos at the presence of Geronda Sacristan Archbishop Isidoros of Hierapolis, Geronda Secretary-General Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archbishop Methodios of Tabor, Archbishop Demetrios of Lydda and Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod, Metropolitan Joachim of Helenoupolis and other Hagiotaphite Fathers, the Archimandrites Bartholomew and Nectarios, and the ministering Fathers of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Kiev Patriarchate now officially liquidated following OCU Synod decision, says Ukrainian Ministry of Culture

Despite the public insistences and legal maneuverings of “Patriarch” Philaret Denisenko, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture has declared his “Kiev Patriarchate” (KP) to be officially liquidated.

According to the relevant statement from the Ministry today, the KP ceased to exist when it joined the “Orthodox Church of Ukraine” (OCU) in December. Philaret and the handful of bishops who have remained loyal to him have countered that although they joined the OCU at the “unification council,” neither the ecclesiastical nor legal procedure for liquidating the KP was ever carried out.

Meeting of Orthodox Young Women in the heart of Africa

For the first time, representatives of young girls from the parish of the Holy Metropolis of Kinshasa met and held a seminar-camp.

Following the successful event of the young boys of the parish, that was recently held for the second time, the girls stayed at the premises of the Church of the Holy Archangels. The meeting lasted four days.