Georgian villagers fighting construction of casino next to church

Residents of the village of Sarpi in the Adjara Region of Georgia are outraged by the construction of a casino next to the village’s Orthodox church that is already underway. “Give up this godless venture!” the Orthodox faithful are insisting, reports Blagovest-Info.

The local Orthodox population of the village, which sits on the border of Georgia of Turkey, have appealed to local authorities to prevent this blasphemous arrangement. “The church is a holy place, and we mustn’t allow the building of a ‘house of sin’ next to a church,” the faithful assert.

Iconostasis for unique Moscow church being carved out of 300-year-old oak tree

A unique church is under construction in northern Moscow as part of the “200” church-building program. The wooden Church of the 12 Apostles, being built by hand according to traditional methods, will be adorned with an even more unique iconostasis that is being carved out of a 300-year-old oak tree from the territory of Donskoy Monastery, reports the press service of State Duma Deputy Vladimir Resin, the curator of the “200” program.

New Greek Metropolitan of Chicago consecrated

The vacant See of Chicago of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOARCH) was officially filled on Saturday, with the consecration of Archimandrite Nathanael (Symeonides) to the episcopate at the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral on Saturday.

The Feast of St. Gerasimus at the Patriarchate

The Feast of St. Gerasimus at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. Gerasimus at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. Gerasimus at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. Gerasimus at the Patriarchate

On Saturday March 4/17, 2018, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of St. Gerasimus of the Jordan at his Holy Monastery in the valley of Jordan on the west bank of the river near Jericho.

Russians make up majority of pilgrims to Mt. Athos

Russians make up 60% of pilgrims visiting the monasteries of Mt. Athos in Greece, reports Interfax-Tourism with reference to the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism and the Greek Ministry of Tourism.

“Besides beach vacations in the high summer season, Russian tourists actively visit Greek churches and holy sites as part of religious tourism. According to the Ministry of Tourism of Greece, 60% of pilgrims to the monasteries of Mt. Athos are citizens of Russia,” the statement reads.