John X Patriarch of Antioch meets Director of IOCC in Cologne, Germany

His beatitude John x met Mr. Constantin Triantafilou Director of IOCC, International Orthodox Christian Charities, one of the organization working in the field of relief in Syria. His Beatitude discussed with him the possibilities to enlarge the work of relief in the patriarchate and to help developing the infrastructure of Alhosn hospital in the Christian valley. From his part, Mr. Tiantafilou highlighted the importance of the work achieved in the relief through the DERD, the Department of Ecumenical Relations and Development in the Greek orthodox patriarchate of Antioch and all the East.

Conference, "Monasteries and Monasticism--Traditions and Modern Times" to take place at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

On September 23-24, 2013, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the international theological, research and practical conference, "Monasteries and Monasticism--Traditions and Modern Times" will take place at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, reports the Synodal Information Department of the Russian Orthodox Church. The organizer of the conference is the Russian Orthodox Church's Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.

Leading hierarchs, abbots and abbesses, as well as priests from a number of local Orthodox churches will take part in the conference. The aim of the conference is to continue the discussion in the Church on the "Statute on Monasteries and Monasticism" project, prepared by the Russian Orthodox Church's commission of the inter-conciliar presence for Monasteries and Monasticism. The themes, which are to be discussed at the conference, include: ideas fundamental to monasticism of vows, degrees of monasticism, forms of monastic life, issues of the relationship between a monastery/convent and the local diocesan authority, specifics of monastic rules, and control over a monastery/convent.

Cyprus: Apostol Andrew monastery restoration deal signed

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed on Tuesday two contribution agreements with the Church of Cyprus and the Turkish Cypriot religious foundation Evkaf, marking the beginning of much-delayed plans to restore the crumbling Apostolos Andreas monastery in the Karpas peninsula.

Museum of Sаint Matrona of Moscow to be founded at the Saint's birthplace

In the village of Sebino of the Kimovsk district of the Tula region, a museum of St. Matrona of Moscow, who was born there, is to be founded.

"Presently, a wooden house where the museum will be situated is being constructed. The new museum’s opening is scheduled for November 22--the saint's birthday," reported the regional government on Wednesday to Interfax.

The relics of St. Matrona are preserved at the Convent of Protection of the Mother of God in Moscow.

St. Matrona was born in 1885 in Tula province. She was not only absolutely blind from birth--she had no eyes at all--but the girl had a gift of spiritual vision. According to her life, from her early years she could not only see all the sins and crimes of people, but also their thoughts. She felt when a danger was near, and foresaw natural and public disasters. Through her prayers people were healed of their diseases and consolation in their sorrows.

Armenian President attends consecration of Cathedral of Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has arrived in Moscow to attend the consecration of the Cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the opening ceremony of the Cultural Cathedral Complex in Moscow, the presidential press service reported. The Cathedral of the complex will become the biggest structure of the Armenian Apostolic Church outside Armenia.