Orthodox Churches

Elder Iliy (Nozdrin), confessor to Patriarch Kirill, awarded Church order

Confessor to Patriarch Kirill and Optina Pustyn Monastery Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin), who turned 85 on March 8, was awarded the Church order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, first degree. The primate bestowed the award upon the priest on Friday after the Presanctified Liturgy in Moscow’s Danilov Monastery “in recognition of many years of pastoral labors and in connection with his eighty-fifth birthday.” “I thank you for your prayers and your labors,” the patriarch said to his spiritual father.

“Moldova has no future without the Orthodox faith”—President Igor Dodon

At a March 16 meeting near Moscow, newly-elected Moldovan president Igor Dodon spoke with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the great importance of the Orthodox faith for the future of his country. The primate welcomed the president to his residence in Peredelkino just outside of Moscow, congratulating him on his election in November 2016, reports the site of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Icon of St. Luke the Physician to be sent to International Space Station

On March 11 in the Church of St. Romanos the Melodist, in the tomb of the Romanov boyars, the vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and deputy abbot of Moscow’s Novospassky Monastery Bishop Sava of Voskresensk blessed an icon of Holy Hierarch and Confessor Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) the Physician of Simferopol which is to be sent to the International Space Station. The icon has since been sent to the Russian Federal Space Agency by the Institute of Biomedical Problems, and is scheduled to be sent to the space station from April till July 2017, reports the monastery’s website.

Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Monday morning, 28th February/13th March 2017, the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Mladen Ivanić visited the Patriarchate, being in Israel for a visit. The President was escorted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Igor Crnadak, the Ambassador Mrs. Jelena Rajaković and Bishop of Slavonia Jovan Culibrk.

Patriarch Kirill prays for victims of revolution on anniversary of Tsar’s abdication

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill served the Liturgy of the Presanctified Liturgy today to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the abdication of St. Tsar Nicholas II from the Russian throne. The primate celebrated in the Kazan Church in Moscow’s Kolomenskoe Park, where the miraculous “Enthroned” or “Reigning” Icon of the Mother of God was found on the same day as the Tsar’s abdication.

Actor Richard Dere visits The Patriachate of Jerusalem

Actor Richard Dere visits The Patriachate of Jerusalem
Actor Richard Dere visits The Patriachate of Jerusalem
Actor Richard Dere visits The Patriachate of Jerusalem
Actor Richard Dere visits The Patriachate of Jerusalem

On Friday evening, 25th February/10th March 2017, the actor Mr. Richard Gere visited the Patriarchate escorted by two people known to him and the Patriarchate, Mr. Jamal Narsi and Mr. Zahi Houri.