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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will make an official visit to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on 27-29 April 2012

Official visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will take place on April 27-29, 2012.

This visit, the first of Patriarch Kirill to Bulgaria as the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, will be the fourth one in the series of His Holiness’ visits to the Local Orthodox Churches. His Holiness visited the Church of Constantinople in 2009, the Church of Alexandria in 2010, and the Church of Antioch in 2011.

Historic Holy Trinity Church to celebrate 110th consecration anniversary

Historic Holy Trinity Church to celebrate 110th consecration anniversary

The 110th anniversary of the consecration of Holy Trinity Church, Wilkeson, WA, will be celebrated in September 2012. His Grace Bishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West will celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Archpriest John Pierce, rector of Holy Trinity Church and Holy Resurrection Church, Tacoma, WA, and Orthodox clergy from throughout the region. A celebration will follow.

Holy Trinity Church is listed on both national and state historical registers. It continues to serve the community on special occasions and feast days, as regular services are now held at the larger Holy Resurrection Church.

Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012

Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012
Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012
Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012
Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012
Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012
Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012
Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012
Photo: Orthodox Holy Week and Paschal Snaps Worldwide – 2012

Photo 1/ Jerusalem: Worshipers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Old city April 14, 2012.

Photo 2/ Orthodox Christian worshippers take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City at midnight on April 15, 2012.

Photo 3/ Palestine: Palestinian Christian girls take part in the Holy Fire procession during Orthodox Easter holiday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Photo 4/ Constantinople: His All-Holiness blesses the beginning of the process of sanctification of the Holy Myron in a special office on 9th April 2012.

President Marzouki visits Russian Orthodox Church and denounces recent attacks

President Marzouki visits Russian Orthodox Church and denounces recent attacks

On Saturday, the interim president of the Republic, Moncef Marzouki, visited the Russian Orthodox Church on Avenue Mohamad V in the capital. "Tunisia denounces the recent attacks against the church," the president declared to the faithful who were  present at the place of worship to celebrate the feast of Easter.

Historic Greek Orphanage to Become Environmental Center Under Patriarch Bartholomew

Historic Greek Orphanage to Become Environmental Center Under Patriarch Bartholomew

The Büyükada Greek Orphanage of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is set to become an international environmental foundation, according to a recent article of the Turkish newspaper todayszaman.com.

A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in June 2010 stated that the Turkish government should re-register the historic Orthodox orphanage on Büyükada to the İstanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Following the ECtHR ruling, the orphanage will probably be turned into a global environmental center, according to comments made by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I to the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Holy Fire Descends upon Jesus' Tomb in Jerusalem

Holy Fire Descends upon Jesus' Tomb in Jerusalem

Thousands of Orthodox Christians filled Jerusalem's ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre and spilled out into the narrow streets on Saturday for the "Holy Fire" ceremony on the eve of Orthodox Easter, reports AFP.

Believers hold that the fire is miraculously sent from heaven to ignite candles held by the Greek Orthodox patriarch in an annual rite dating back to the 4th century that symbolises the resurrection of Jesus.

Israeli public radio said around 10,000 faithful attended this year's ceremony, fewer than in recent years, as police were deployed around the church and in the streets of the surrounding Old City to keep the jubilation from getting out of hand.