The feast of Saint Gerasimus of the Jordan

On Monday, the 4th/17th of March 2014, the memory of St Gerasimus of the Jordan was celebrated by the Patriarchate at the Monastery founded by him in the desert of the West Bank of the river Jordan.

The monastery was founded by HosiosGerasimus in 451 AD, after he arrived to the Holy Land from his birthplace of Lycia in Asia Minor, and after having dwelt in Monasteries and hermitages of Palestine with HosiosEuthymius the Great and HosiosKyriakos the Recluse.

Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina becomes a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

At the session that took place on March 19 and was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Holy Synod resolved to make Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church for the time of his office of Locum Tenens of the Kievan Metropolitan See.

Members of the Holy Synod offered up prayers for the health of His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine.

Russian Church opens the first monastery in Ingushetia

The Holy Synod of the Russian Church at its session on Wednesday approved of Bishop of Makhachkala and Grozny Varlaam’s initiative to open the New Sinai Monastery in the Stanitsa of Ordzhonikidzevskaya (Sleptsovskaya) in Ingushetia.

Bishop Varlaam is appointed the hegumen of the convent – the only one set up in the Makhachkala Diocese, which was established in late 2012. This diocese works not only in Ingushetia, but also in Dagestan and Chechnya.

Ancient church robbed in Belarus

Unidentified persons have robbed the Church of Holy Martyr Parasceva in the Mesyatichi village of Pinsk district, between 12.00 of March 14 and 15.00 of March 15,

Breaking off the lock of the entrance door and damaging the inner door, they stole five icons, two Gospels, and one silver chalice.

A criminal case has been initiated (section 1 of article 205, the penal code of Belarus: "A covert larceny", which stipulates up to three years of imprisonment), reported the Directorate of Internal Affairs of the Brest regional executive committee.

According to earlier reports of Telegraf, in the village of Chersk of the Brest district unidentified persons had robbed St. Michael's Church, built in the 17th century. According to the church rector, robbers between 16.00 of August 4 and 07.00 of August 5 2012 forced the lock of the storage room, stole 13 icons, one Gospel, a wooden crucifix, 10 bottles of communion wine, a brocade cloth, a paten and chalice veil and 37,000 rubles from the church.

Bishop Naum elected as new Bulgarian Orthodox Church Metropolitan of Rousse

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, on March 23 2014 elected Bishop Naum of Stob as the new Metropolitan of Rousse, to succeed Neofit who became the church’s Patriarch in February 2013.