Cypriot spiritual leaders take stand against violence towards women

In honor of International Women’s Day, Cyrpus’ religious leaders came together yesterday at the Ledra Palace Hotel in the UN-controlled buffer zone to make a joint statement pledging to work together and with authorities to help end violence against women on the island. According to a recent domestic violence survey, 22% of Cypriot women fifteen years of age or older have suffered physical and/or sexual violence, while 39% have been subjected to psychological violence.

Polish nationalists stage provocative march on Forgiveness Sunday in Hajnówka

Unfortunately, this year’s Forgiveness Sunday in the Polish town of Hajnówka in the Podlasie Province was a restless one. For the first time in the history of the famous Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Rite of Forgiveness had to be served immediately after the morning Liturgy rather than in the evening due to a scheduled Polish nationalist march which was to pass under the walls of the cathedral, reports Sobor.by.

Orthodox retreat in Hamilton

The Patriarch of Jerusalem at re-dedication of church in Acre

Patriarch Theophilos: If Jerusalem is the spiritual capital of the world, then Acre is surely the spiritual gateway to the Holy Land

Your Eminence Archbishop Suheil, Dear Father Hosam, Your Eminences, Your Graces, Reverend Fathers, dear friends, As we gather for this blessed occasion, we recall the words of Saint Paul: “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1).

Estonian capital allocates $53,000 to restore Orthodox church

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, has decided to allocate 50,000 euros ($53,100) for the restoration of the city’s Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos, reports RIA-Novosti. A statement from the municipality noted that an agreement on use of the funds for restoring the church, popularly known as the Kazan Church, will be signed on Saturday by parish rector Fr. Victor Melnik and Vice Mayor Michael Kilbart. The parish will mark its 300th anniversary in 2021. Restoration work began last year, preceded by a detailed study on the history of the construction of the church.