Thousands of Orthodox Christians to attend liturgy at monastery in Turkey

Local officials say thousands of Orthodox Christians from Greece, Russia and Georgia will attend mass to be held at a historic monastery in Turkey for the first time since 1923. Turkish authorities have reopened the Byzantine-era stone monastery of Sumela near the Black Sea - built nearly 1,000 feet into the side of a mountain - for once-yearly worship. Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, will hold the first liturgy there on Sunday.

IOCC Responds to Historic Russian Heat Wave & Wildfires

Experiencing the worst heat wave in Russia since record-keeping began more than 130 years ago, the Russian people have been suffering from uninterrupted high temperatures for the past 50 days and deteriorating air quality as a result of more than 500 active fires burning nationwide. News agencies have reported that more than 50 people have died so far from the fires and an estimated 5,000 others have died as a result of the heat and poor air quality in Western Russia.

Serbian Patriarch meets with Ambassador of Cypruss

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met today in the Serbian Patriarchate with His Excellency Homer Mavromatis, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cypruss in Belgrade.

Russians continue to pray for rain while churches collect aid

The Russian Orthodox Church has continued to pray for relief from the heat and drought that has gripped Russia for two months, as one archbishop condemned some retailers for profiteering from the extreme weather conditions.

Senator Torshin urges to set up international foundation to protect Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and Metochia

It is necessary to set up a special foundation to preserve sites of Orthodox culture in Kosovo, first vice speaker of Russian Council of Federation Alexander Torshin believes. "This foundation should enroll as many people from various countries as possible and they will watch how Kosovo security services guard these objects, considering the fact that Kosovo authorities are not very interested in keeping Orthodox faith and Orthodox sites in the region, " Torshin told Interfax.

Feast Day of Saint Pantaleon formally celebrated in Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac

Our Holy Church yesterday celebrated one of the most wonderful and most loved God's pleaser, Saint Great Martyr Pantaleon. Lots of Belgraders gathered in this beautiful church under construction in New Mirijevo dedicated to this great Saint. On behalf of His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch the Divine Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop Atanasije with the concelebration of 4 priests and 3 deacons.