Russia initiates a Mission on protecting Christians in the Middle East

A Mission on protecting Christians of the Middle East will be set up in Lenanon, Syria, and Palestine, says Alexey Cherkezov, the organizational committee leader of the 3rd Forum of Russia’s Christian Youth held in Sochi, resuming its results.

The newly established international organization will be called The Christian World. Its goal is to activate work of institutes in Russia’s civil society and in other countries and cooperate in observing norms of international law, social ministry and religious dialogue.

The 70th Anniversary of the Betrayal of the Cossacks in Lienz is Remembered

On June 1, 2015, a memorial service was held at the Chapel of the Protection of the Mother of God and Royal Martyr Tsarevich Alexei in Lienz, Austria, to mark the 70th anniversary of the betrayal of the Cossacks by the Allies following World War II. This was one of the most tragic post-war events, during which, despite assurances to the contrary, thousands of Cossacks were forcibly repatriated to the USSR to face certain imprisonment and death.

His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia led the service.

Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin

Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin
Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin
Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin
Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin

On 6 June 2015, the Moscow Synodal choir gave a concert at the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Etchmiadzin, in the context of commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

Patriarch of Alexandria meets with the President of Madagascar

Patriarch of Alexandria meets with the President of Madagascar
Patriarch of Alexandria meets with the President of Madagascar
Patriarch of Alexandria meets with the President of Madagascar
Patriarch of Alexandria meets with the President of Madagascar

The most significant part of the trip to the Holy Metropolis of Madagascar made by His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, was his meeting with His Excellency the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Mr. Hery Rajaonarimampianina, on 3rd June 2015. His Beatitude was accompanied to the Presidential Palace by the local Metropolitan Ignatios, His Excellency the Ambassador of the republic of Egypt to Madagascar Mr. Cherif Abbas, the Honorable Consul of Greece and Cyprusin Madagascar Mr. Panagiotis Taloumis, Archimandrite Markos Theodosi and the African Priest Fr. Stefanos. 

The first Orthodox University on Madagascar

The first Orthodox University on Madagascar
The first Orthodox University on Madagascar
The first Orthodox University on Madagascar
The first Orthodox University on Madagascar

Compiled by Archimandrite Markos Theodosi

On 3rd June 2015, the Patriarch flew to Manakara where he was welcomed by the district commissioner and crowds of people. The Alexandrian Primate visited the offices of the district commissioner where he offered spiritual words to the people of the area and told them to have patience for a better future in the difficult circumstances under which they live, as the people live on what nature produces, in some of the rarest flora and fauna in the world.