The Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Send Condolences to the Hierarchs, Clergy and Faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America on the Repose of Metropolitan Christopher!
To our brethren in the Lord: Hierarchs, venerable clergy, devout monastics and Christ-loving faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
It has only been a few hours since that moment when the servant of God, His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher departed this physical world and was born unto eternal life. This just, forbearing and faithful steward, through whose hands, Almighty God, One in the Holy Trinity, blessed all His children in the land of North and South Americas, and whose voice never ceased to proclaim the word of truth - the Gospel message in a land enriched by the witness of so many saints.
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.
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.
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 Metochia11. August 2010 - 11:30
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.