Orthodox Churches

Epistle of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the Day of Orthodox Youth

Dear Brothers and Sisters! I express my heartfelt congratulations to you on this feast day of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Day of Orthodox Youth.

Turning my mind’s eye to the events which led to the establishment of this church holiday, we and Righteous Simeon both joyfully greet the Savior Who was brought to the Temple of Jerusalem. But this event, in addition to its historic significance, has another symbolic meaning: in this we see the mystical meeting of the Creator and His creation, the personal meeting of mankind and God.

St. Mary Magdalene Church in Madrid

St. Mary Magdalene Church in Madrid
St. Mary Magdalene Church in Madrid
St. Mary Magdalene Church in Madrid
St. Mary Magdalene Church in Madrid

On February 7, 2013, Bishop Nestor of Chersonese blessed the first cupola and the cross for St. Mary Magdalene church under construction in Madrid, the website of the Diocese of Chersonese reports.  Present at the service were Russian Ambassador Yu, Korchagin, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, V. Yakunin, President of the Russian Rail-Ways company, V. Chernyshev, director of the Transsoyuz charity, and Carlos Palacio Oriol, president of the Spanish Talgo company, which has confirmed its readiness to support the construction of the church.  

Bishop Panteleimon in Congo

Bishop Panteleimon in Congo
Bishop Panteleimon in Congo
Bishop Panteleimon in Congo
Bishop Panteleimon in Congo

With the paternal prayers and blessing of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, His Grace Panteleimon, Bishop of Brazzaville and Gabon arrived in the city of Pointe Noire, second largest city of the Congo on Friday 8th February 2013. At the International Airport His Grace was welcomed by the Very Reverend Archimandrite Theologos Chrysanthakopoulos, the clergy, local authorities and many faithful.

Patron Saint’s Day of Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs

Patron Saint’s Day of Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs
Patron Saint’s Day of Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs
Patron Saint’s Day of Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs
Patron Saint’s Day of Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs

On the eve of the feast day of Great ecumenical teachers and saints, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, His Grace Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia served the solemn vigil service at Krka monastery. On the feast day Bishop Fotije served the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of clergy and monks of the Diocese of Dalmatia and guests from the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. Following the Divine Liturgy the slava cake was cut and the slava wheat was blessed in the memory of great saints.

St. Mary Magdalene Church under construction in Madrid has its cupola and cross blessed

On February 7, 2013, Bishop Nestor of Chersonese blessed the first cupola and the cross for St. Mary Magdalene church under construction in Madrid, the website of the Diocese of Chersonese reports.

Present at the service were Russian Ambassador Yu, Korchagin, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, V. Yakunin, President of the Russian Rail-Ways company, V. Chernyshev, director of the Transsoyuz charity, and Carlos Palacio Oriol, president of the Spanish Talgo company, which has confirmed its readiness to support the construction of the church.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk comments on reports about Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement

On February 11, 2013, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, made comments to ITAR-TASS news agency concerning that coming reports about the retirement of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI.

Reports about the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI have proved to be unexpected even for his closest associates. Cardinal Sodano described it as ‘a thunder out of a clear sky’. Really, there have been no precedents of this kind in the modern history of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II remained in office to the end despite his serious health problems.