Orthodox Church is most trusted institution in Bulgaria

While there are problems with its public image, the Orthodox Church is nevertheless the most trusted institution in Bulgaria, according to a new Gallup International poll dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the democratic change in Bulgaria, when Communist party leader Todor Zhivkov stepped down after more than 30 years.

Patriarch Bartholomew at the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew attended the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Lindau (Germany) from 20-23 August 2019 where he delivered the keynote address. 

Religions for Peace, in partnership with the Foundation Peace Dialogue of the World Religions and Civil Society, is the world’s most representative, multi-religious gathering of religious communities.

Thousands of Orthodox Christians rally against barbaric Australian abortion draft law

Sydney’s Martin Place was packed with pro-life demonstrators last night, protesting a proposed bill to decriminalize abortion that awaits consideration by the New South Wales Parliament.

A vote on the bill, which passed the lower chamber two weeks, ago, was to be voted on in the upper house this week, though it was delayed until next month at the last minute, thanks in part to the protests of concerned Australians who are horrified at the bill’s stipulations.

Ukrainian hierarch calls on Odessa mayor to cancel LGBT festival

A number or religious organizations in Odessa, Ukraine are taking a stand against the planned Odessa Pride 2019 festival, which will include the “March for Equality.”

Not wanting to see their city turn into Sodom and Gomorrah, His Eminence Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and representatives of a number of other churches and organizations sent a letter to Mayor Gennady Trukhanov, calling on him to shut down the LGBT festival “for the sake of preserving peace among the residents an guests of the city” and for the sake of cultivating a godly atmosphere in the city.

Bucharest Archdiocese Gives $1,000+ to the Family of Newly-Reposed Priest

The Archdiocese of Bucharest decided, at the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, to provide financial support to Fr. Marius’ grieving family. The Archdiocese is providing $1,184 (5,000 lei) to Fr. Marius’ wife and children.

Fr. Marius Gabriel Bărăscu of Parava, Bacău County, 160 miles northeast of Bucharest, tragically died in a car accident last week, the day before his 35th birthday. He leaves behind a wife, Petronela, and four children: Anastasia, 9, Irina, 7, Sofiana, 4, and Nicolae, 18 months.