Orthodox Churches

Title of “Former Patriarch” officially restored to Ailing Irenaios (Skopelitis)

The ailing Irenaios (Skopelitis) has been formally reinstated to the episcopal dignity, and recognized with the title of “Former Patriarch” by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem as romfea.gr reports.

The former Patriarch was removed from office by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 2005 due to allegations of dubious real estate transactions with Israeli authorities.

Greek Holy Synod establishes “Unborn Child” Day

The Orthodox Church has taught for 2,000 years that abortion is murder. Unfortunately, this great sin is nevertheless common in many Orthodox countries.

As part of its ongoing fight against this genocide, the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church resolved to establish the Day of the Unborn Child, to be celebrated on the Sunday after the feast of the Nativity, when the Church celebrates the salvific birth of Christ, reports Romfea.

Greek Archdiocese to hold monastic assembly at St. Nektarios Monastery in New York

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has announced the convening of a monastic assembly at the Holy Monastery of St. Nektarios in Roscoe, New York in September.

Archbishop Elpidophoros, the newly-enthroned head of the Archdiocese, decided to convene the assembly September 21-22, “wishing to further promote the value and importance of monasticism in our Orthodox tradition and the spiritual life of the faithful,” the Archdiocese reports.

Foundation stone laid for Church of St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Republic of Congo

Foundation stone laid for Church of St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Republic of Congo
Foundation stone laid for Church of St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Republic of Congo
Foundation stone laid for Church of St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Republic of Congo
Foundation stone laid for Church of St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Republic of Congo

Holy Orthodoxy has been growing rapidly in the Republic of the Congo in the past several years, with hundreds of faithful souls receiving Baptism and a number of new churches being opened.   

Seminar for the Orthodox Youth in Kinshasa, Congo

For the second time, the Holy Metropolis of Kinshasa organized a Seminar for the Orthodox Youth.

The Seminar was held in the Parish of the Archangels, where the foundation stone of the Temple was set up by Patriarch Theodore ΙΙ of Alexandria and All Africa, in the year 2012.

Archaeologists unearth church believed to mark home of Apostles Peter and Andrew

Archaeologists unearth church believed to mark home of Apostles Peter and Andrew
Archaeologists unearth church believed to mark home of Apostles Peter and Andrew
Archaeologists unearth church believed to mark home of Apostles Peter and Andrew
Archaeologists unearth church believed to mark home of Apostles Peter and Andrew

Archaeologists, from the Kinneret Academic College and Nyack College of New York believe they have unearthed the Church of the Apostles that, according to Tradition, was built on the site of the home of the great apostles Sts. Peter and Andrew.

Synaxis of All Saints of Pskov Caves celebrated at their monastery

Synaxis of All Saints of Pskov Caves celebrated at their monastery
Synaxis of All Saints of Pskov Caves celebrated at their monastery
Synaxis of All Saints of Pskov Caves celebrated at their monastery
Synaxis of All Saints of Pskov Caves celebrated at their monastery

The Holy Dormition-Pskov Caves Monastery is one of the most beloved holy habitations of the Russian Orthodox Church. It has been a guiding light for the entire Orthodox Church since the 15th century and was the only monastery in Russia to never close during the dark years of godless communism.