Ecumenical Patriarch: The only use that respects the Hagia Sophia is that of a Christian church

“The only use that respects and highlights the truth and the sacred mission of the Hagia Sophia is that of a Christian church,” said Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a letter to Metropolitan Agathangelos of Fanari.

The Ecumenical Patriarch expresses gratitude to the Metropolitan of Fanari “for your genuine and sincere expression of love and support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate” and went on to say, among other things: “The Hagia Sophia Church as the architectural depiction of salvation of humankind and all the Creation belongs to all.” The recognition of Hagia Sophia as a world cultural heritage monument  indirectly expresses this truth and is not only connected with the incomparable grandeur of the architecture with its hagiography and decoration.”

Holy Liturgy and Baptism in Pakra monastery

Holy Liturgy and Baptism in Pakra monastery
Holy Liturgy and Baptism in Pakra monastery
Holy Liturgy and Baptism in Pakra monastery
Holy Liturgy and Baptism in Pakra monastery

The holiday of the Holy Martyr Irinej, Bishop of Lyon, and Holy Martyr Lupus of Novae were prayerfully celebrated in the monastery of Pakra on 5 September 2020.

“Hagia Sophia” of Bursa was demolished

The St. Georgios Greek Orthodox Church, which was restored and transformed into a cultural centre by the Nilüfer Municipality in Bursa, was taken from the municipality and transferred to an Islamic Foundation.

The historical building, which was neglected for 7 years, was destroyed last night, as reported by Gazete Duvar, according to greekcitytimes.com.

Metropolis of Korea: Conversion of Chora Church is an act of disrespect

The Orthodox Metropolis of Korea condemned the Turkish government’s decision to convert the Chora Church into a mosque.

As stated in a relevant announcement, the Metropolis says that it is an act of disrespect on the part of Turkey, towards the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the world cultural heritage.

The beginning of the school year in the Seminary of Foca

His Eminence Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Sts. Basil of Ostrog and Peter of Cetinje at the Theological Seminary of Saint Peter of Dabar-Bosnia in Foca on 31 August 2020.

The Hierarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter Aleksandar Vidakovic, protopriest Ljubomir Prijovic, acting rector of the Seminary; presbyters Milos Janjic and Ranko Kovac, teacher of the Seminary, and deacons Budimir Gardovic and teacher Sinisa Bozic. At the end of the Holy Liturgy a rite of invocation of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the new school year 2020/21 was performed.