Orthodox Churches

International exhibition of Orthodox icons to be held in Paris

An exhibition of Romanian and Bulgarian Orthodox icons will be held in Paris from April 21 till May 26, 2016, reports Sedmitza.ru with reference to the Orthodoxie.com French Orthodox website.

The exhibition will be held under the auspices of the ambassador of Bulgaria to France. The exposition is being organized by the Bulgarian Orthodox parish of St. Euthymius of Tarnovo in Paris with the blessing of Metropolitan Anthony of Western and Central Europe (the Bulgarian Orthodox Church).

Only 37.9% of the places of worship built in Romania after 1989 belong to the Romanian Orthodox Church

The Romanian State Secretariat for Religious Affairs has recently published a centralized analysis regarding the number of places of worship in Romania, as at 31 December 2015. These statistics offer the possibility of a quantitative comparison between religious denominations and have the advantage of clarifying an aspect that has been more and more invoked as problematic: building churches.

King Abdullah II of Jordan funds Holy Sepulchre restoration work

“His Majesty King Abdullah II has issued a Royal Benefaction (makruma) to provide for the restoration of Jesus’ Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, at His Majesty’s personal expense.” The news was announced by Jordanian press agency Petra, which says that the Hashemite Court sent an official letter to the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III. It will therefore be a Muslim sovereign and direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad who will foot part of the bill for the restoration of the niche in the Holy Sepulchre, the place of Jesus’ burial and resurrection in Jerusalem, which has, for centuries, been the most venerated Christian shrine in the world.

A reliquary of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco arrives at Christ the Savior Cathedral

A reliquary of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco arrives at Christ the Savior Cathedral
A reliquary of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco arrives at Christ the Savior Cathedral
A reliquary of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco arrives at Christ the Savior Cathedral
A reliquary of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco arrives at Christ the Savior Cathedral

On March 30, 2016, as part of the program “Spiritual Bonds,” a reliquary of the great saint of the 20th century, St John of Shanghai and San Francisco, was brought to Christ the Savior Cathedral in Kaliningrad, Russia.

Patriarch Kirill calls upon religious leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia to help stop bloodshed in NagornoKarabakh

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent messages to Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II and Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshuqur Pasha-zade, chairman of the Caucasus Moslem Board, stating the concern and anxiety with which he took the tragic news about the hostilities in NagornoKarabakh resulting in the death of dozens and wounds of hundreds of people.

Patriarch Kirill meets with British Ambassador to Russia Dr. Laurie Bristow

On April 5, 2016, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, met with Great Britain’s Ambassador to Russia Dr. Laurie Bristow, at the patriarchal and synodal residence in the St. Daniel Monastery.