Orthodox Churches

New Report Published on Orthodox Monasteries in the United States

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has published a new report on its website. The report, “Orthodox Monastic Communities in the United States,” is the result of a survey of the 70-plus Orthodox monasteries in the country. According to the Assembly’s site:

Arkhangelsk Diocese opens the virtual museum of the new martyrs

The Arkhangelsk Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church has opened the “Virtual museum of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Arkhangelsk land.” The project of the website dedicated to the period of persecution of Christians for their faith in the 1920s-1950s in the north of Russia, won the “Orthodox Initiative 2013-2014” grants competition, reports the Arkhangelsk Diocese’s press service.

The www.arhispovedniki.ru website contains video collections and libraries related to the repressions, archival court cases, card files of those persecuted for their faith, the map of “sorrowful” places, the New Martyrs museum’s exhibits, and the “Ones who endured to the end” exhibition with methodological materials for guides.

Round-Table Conference on ‘The Heritage of Holy Rus’ and Challenges of the Modern World’

Round-Table Conference on ‘The Heritage of Holy Rus’ and Challenges of the Modern World’
Round-Table Conference on ‘The Heritage of Holy Rus’ and Challenges of the Modern World’
Round-Table Conference on ‘The Heritage of Holy Rus’ and Challenges of the Modern World’
Round-Table Conference on ‘The Heritage of Holy Rus’ and Challenges of the Modern World’

On 22 January 2015, the round-table conference on ‘The Heritage of Holy Rus’ and Challenges of the Modern World’ took place at the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

More than 40% of Russian residents visited holy places at least once in their lives

According to the latest survey carried out by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion, 41% of Russian residents at least once in their lives have visited holy sites, such as churches with saints’ relics, wonder-working icons as well as holy wells and other places, reports TASS.

According to the respondents, going on pilgrimages, they are prompted, first of all, by faith and a desire to become closer to God (51% of those asked). Others were impelled by grief, the need of help (8%) or urge to pray for forgiveness of their sins (7%). Some people in visiting holy places find an opportunity to broaden their horizons (16% of the respondents).

Patriarch of Alexandria Theodor II meets with South African President

The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa intends to implement a program to help the fight against AIDS in South Africa, according to Patriarch Theodoros’ statement during his meeting with the country’s president, Jacob Zuma.

The two men met at the presidential residence in Pretoria and Patriarch Theodoros promised that the patriarchate would contribute significantly in providing vulnerable groups of people with clean drinking water.

Celebrating the Baptism of Christ on the Jordan River

It was simply a most glorious celebration of the Epiphany on the Jordan River today according to the Old Julian calendar.

There were hundreds of priests, nuns and thousands of people from all walks of life coming to the precious site where over 2,000 years ago “…the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him…” (Matthew 3:13-17)  It was so wonderful to see many local people in addition to internationals for this grand celebration.