New Orthodox Institute for Orthodox Studies Formed in the Western American Diocese

With the blessing of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, the Saints Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies is being established in the Bay Area. It aims to become a new centre for the higher-level study of Orthodox theology, history, thought and practice throughout western North America. The Institute will concentrate its activities around provision of a Licentiate Certificate in Orthodox Christian Studies, offered as a blend of in-class and distance learning instruction, the latter provided through a professionally-designed web site that provides access to video lectures, live chat with lecturers and fellow students, audio interaction, on-line assignment submission and marking, and more.

IOCC Sends New Wave of Relief to Serbia’s Earthquake Survivors

The past year has been a struggle for the villagers living in and around Vitanovac, Serbia, the epicenter of a jarring 5.4 earthquake last November that left two people dead and tens of thousands of people homeless.  With winter coming and the need for assistance still critical, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) through ongoing support from the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, is delivering much needed relief to families still laboring to rebuild their homes and replace belongings destroyed in the earthquake.

Christians in Egypt celebrate Christmas amid fears

Egypt's Christians on Saturday celebrated their first Christmas since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, amid tight security and a display of national unity to allay fears of the growing power of Islamists.

The Coptic Orthodox celebration follows an escalation in violence against the minority, an estimated 10 percent of Egypt's 85 million people, over the past year.

Many Christians blamed a series of street clashes, assaults on churches, and other attacks on radical Islamists who have become increasingly bold after Mubarak's downfall.

Around 90,000 people attended Christmas services in Moscow

Around 90,000 of the faithful attended Christmas services in the churches of Russia’s capital city on the night of January 7, reported a representative of the Moscow Police to RIA Novosti.

Around 90,000 people participated in the nighttime services. They attended 282 Moscow churches, the representative said.

An Orthodox Prayer Book for iPhone and Android

A new application the Orthodox Prayer Book for iPhone and Android has been launched. The aplication is available at AppStore and Android Market (keywords: Orthodox Prayer book) and is free. Both versions are currently available for download and use:

The new application was created by a team of programmers with the support of the portal www.pravoslavie.ru.