New Department of Byzantine Theology of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana

New Department of Byzantine Theology of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana

As part of University efforts to expand its renowned Medieval Institute, Notre Dame established an endowed chair in Byzantine Theology this fall, according to a Friday press release.

The position will focus on the theology of the Medieval Greek speaking Church and is named in honor of Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of America.

Russian sailors visit Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral

Russian sailors visit Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral

His Eminence Amfilohije Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral recieved yesterday on Cetinje the officers of the Great assault ship of the  Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy " Cesar Kunikov".

The receiption and Sergei Foroponov, the counselor of the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Podgorica Mr. Andrei Nesterenko.

In Afghanistan not a single Christian church left

In Afghanistan not a single Christian church left

There is not a single, public Christian church left in Afghanistan, according to the U.S. State Department.

This reflects the state of religious freedom in that country ten years after the United States first invaded it and overthrew its Islamist Taliban regime.

In the intervening decade, U.S. taxpayers have spent $440 billion to support Afghanistan’s new government and more than 1,700 U.S. military personnel have died serving in that country.

Cyprus to get back rare Orthodox frescoes from US

Rare 13th-century frescoes are to be returned to Cyprus from an American museum where they have been exhibited for the last 28 years, the leader of the divided island's Orthodox Christian church said Friday.

Archbishop Chrysostomos II says the Houston-based Menil Collection agreed to return the Byzantine frescoes early next year on the church's insistence not "to allow them to remain there even for one second longer."

Orthodox Bishops’ Assembly in Switzerland meets for a regular session

The Orthodox Bishops’ Assembly in Switzerland (OBAS) met for a regular session on September 23, 2011, in Chambesy near Geneva, the website of the Diocese of Chersonese has reported. Among the participants was Bishop Nestor of Chersonese, vice-president of the Assembly.

The meeting approved the membership of four advisory commissions of the Assembly and defined their terms of reference. In addition, the Assembly set up a working group to make preparations for the celebrations on the Day of Orthodox Unity to be held for the first time in Switzerland on May 17, 2012.