Orthodox Churches

Romania’s largest mosaic icon of Virgin Mary applied on National Cathedral’s walls

The largest mosaic depicting the More Spacious than the Heavens Icon of the Mother of God was applied on the half-dome that stands above the altar of the National Cathedral in Bucharest on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.The team of specialists was coordinated by iconographer Daniel Codrescu.

Metropolitan Makarios elected as the new Archbishop of Australia

The Holy Synod unanimously voted for Metropolitan Makarios of Christoupolis to be the new Archbishop of Australia. In order to provide as soon as possible for the replacement of Archbishop Stylianos (who reposed on March 26, 2019), and to serve and lead one of the largest Greek Orthodox Christian communities in the diaspora, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople elected Metropolitan Makarios of Christoupolis as the new Archbishop of Australia on May 9.

President of Uganda pledges $106,000 for Agia Sophia Orthodox cathedral, priests

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda attended the festive laying of the foundation stone for the future Agia Sophia Cathedral in Kampala, near Lake Victoria, on Sunday. The cathedral, intended to be a replica of the famous Agia Sophia in Istanbul, will have a capacity of 2,500 and is projected to cost $4.5 million (17 billion Ugandan shillings). Of this cost, the President has pledged $79,525 (300 million shillings), of which he has already paid $7,950 (30 million shillings), reports the Uganda Media Centre.

Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa elected as new Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America

Metropolitan of Bursa Elpidophoros was elected as the new Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America on Saturday, Greek Reporter USA reports.  The decision was taken in Phanar by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presiding over the meetings which were held between Thursday and Saturday.  Elpidoforos Lampriniadis was born in Istanbul, in 1967.

Hundreds celebrate Pascha in Shanghai cathedral for first time since 1965

The Orthodox faithful of Shanghai had double cause for celebration this year on the feast of Pascha, as they were able to celebrate the feast in the Cathedral of the “Surety of Sinners” Icon of the Mother of God for the first time in more than 50 years. Several hundred believers from China, Russia, Serbian, Greece, Moldova, France, Italy, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, the U.S., Canada, and several other countries attended the festal service on Sunday morning in the cathedral, located on the territory of the former French concession, reports TASS.

Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria expresses support for canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine

Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria expresses support for canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine
Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria expresses support for canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine
Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria expresses support for canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine
Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria expresses support for canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine

On May 2, 2019, the festive vespers was celebrated at the church of Protomartyr George the Conqueror in Old Cairo. The solemn divine service timed for the commemoration day of St. George was presided over by His Beatitude Theodoros, Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa. His Beatitude was assisted by Metropolitan Nikodim of Memphis, Metropolitan Niphon of Pelusia, Bishop Theodore of Babylon; Rev. Victor Kulaga, representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Alexandria, and Cairo clergy.

King Abdullah II makes donation to Church of the Holy Sepulchre restoration

The Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine and Jordan, Theophilus III, expressed his appreciation and gratitude on behalf of himself, members of the Holy Synod, the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre, the clergy and members of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem for His Majesty King Abdullah II who made a donation for restoring of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem at his own expense.