IOCC, Orthodox Church in Japan to Provide Aid to Coastal Communities

With financial support from an emergency grant of $25,000 from the National Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society and contributions by private donors, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) will provide humanitarian assistance such as medicines, food and other essential items to communities in the earthquake and tsunami-damaged Pacific coastal districts of Japan in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaragi. The assistance is being distributed by the Orthodox Church in Japan in cooperation with regional authorities. All of the aid to be distributed is expected to be obtained locally in Japan.

Information on Eastern Japan Diocese

Dear Orthodox Family in various part of the world,

We appreciate your prayers and emails with love. There are many inquiries on the current situation there. Thank God, electricity and telephone are recovering in Sendai and other sities in land of Tohoku area. Due to the communication system trouble and shortage of electricity etc. Eastern Japan and Orthodox Japan websites still are under difficulties to upload current information. The Western Japan Diocese, fortunately, can continue daily work as daily. We decided to provide current information page on our website. http://www.orthodox-jp.com/westjapan/
Administrator: Fr. George and Maria (English page), email: nagoya@orthodox-jp.com

We will upload news successively. The Tokyo head office is preparing to answer to the offer of financial aids. Soon, the necessary information will be shown. Keep us in your prayer.

Love in Christ,

Fr. George and Maria

Website of Holy Annunciation Cathedral in Sendai of Eastern Japan Diocese starts working. But Japanese only. See http://www8.ocn.ne.jp/~sendai/

Report about situation in Japanese Orthodox Church after devastating quake and tsunami

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin of Nova Gracanica-Midwestern America after several attempts we made the contact with the Orthodox Church in Japan. Metropolitan Danilo, the head of the Japanese Orthodox Church and the priesthood were very touched by the care of the Serbian Orthodox Church and our people towards Japanese brothers and sisters who sisters who undergo tough temptations.

Celebration of Sunday of Orthodoxy in Venice

On Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 13, 2011, His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy and Malta of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. George the Great Martyr in Venice. After the Liturgy there was a procession around the church in honor of the victory of the Orthodoxy over iconoclasts. 

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk met US Vice-President Joseph Biden in Moscow

On March 10, 2011, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations, visited the residence of the US Ambassador in Moscow to meet with US Vice-President Joseph Biden who has come to Russia for a working visit. Metropolitan Hilarion was accompanied by Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), representative of the Orthodox Church in America to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.