Orthodox Churches

Russian Council of Bishops to consider Church-wide veneration of number of Ukrainian saints

The session of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, currently being held in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, will consider the question of Church-wide veneration of a number of Ukrainian saints, Archpriest Nikolai Balashov, Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations said Wednesday at a press conference dedicated to the hierarchical gathering, patriarchia.ru. reports.

Pat. Ilia II will not visit Russia for centenary of restored patriarchate due to health

His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II will not be able to visit Moscow on December 4 for the celebration of the centenary of the 1917 enthronement of St. Tikhon (Bellavin) as the first head of the renewed patriarchate as he had hoped. It was announced today that he would not be able to travel due to health problems and the increasingly cold weather, RIA-Novosti reports.

Archbishop Anastasios in the Holy Metropolis of Gjirokastra

Archbishop Anastasios in the Holy Metropolis of Gjirokastra
Archbishop Anastasios in the Holy Metropolis of Gjirokastra
Archbishop Anastasios in the Holy Metropolis of Gjirokastra
Archbishop Anastasios in the Holy Metropolis of Gjirokastra

Divine Liturgy at the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral - A cordial meeting with the faithful and students - the inauguration of the Spirit of Love high school

A visit full of blessings and spiritual gifts was the one paid by Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, His Beatitude Anastasios to the Holy Metropolis of Gjirokastra from September 23rd to 25th, 2017.

Patriarch Ilia announces Locum Tenens of Georgian Church

His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II chose today, when the Georgian Church is celebrating its greatly-beloved feast of the martyrdom of St. George, to make an historic announcement. Shortly before celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the Church of St. George-Kashveti in the center of the capital, the primate announced a locum tenens for the patriarchal throne of the Georgian Orthodox Church, according to information from Romfea.

Joint Declaration by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

On 21 November 2017, a meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby took place in Moscow. As the result of the meeting, a joint declaration was signed. Its text is given below.

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.’ " (Romans 8. 35-37)

Historic Saint George Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Reopens after Renovation

Historic Saint George Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Reopens after Renovation
Historic Saint George Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Reopens after Renovation
Historic Saint George Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Reopens after Renovation
Historic Saint George Cathedral of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Reopens after Renovation

Saint George Cathedral, the official seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch has reopened after the completion of restoration works in Istanbul. The cathedral is UNESCO world heritage site. His All Holiness Bartholomew – Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch presided over the reopening ceremony 0n 19th November 2017.