Orthodox Churches

The ROCOR Pastoral School of Chicago signs a partnership agreement with the Russian Orthodox University of St John the Theologian

The Pastoral School of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America feels strongly that active partnership with higher education theological institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church/Moscow Patriarchate is an important aspect of making the continuing reconciliation of the Russian Church a real, living effort that will bear spiritual fruit, and that this is fully within the spirit of the Act of Canonical Communion signed by the ever-memorable Patriarch Aleksy II and Metropolitan Laurus on the day of the Ascension 2007.

Statement on the Sanctity of Life

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception.

The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference in the development of life is a serious issue, and therefore it regularly participates in a variety of relevant events and also releases pertinent statements on the topic. While recognizing that there are rare but serious medical instances where mother and child may require extraordinary actions, the Assembly of Bishops is deeply concerned that the taking of innocent life through abortion has become an acceptable cultural norm. This phenomenon – increasingly prevalent throughout contemporary societies – was exacerbated by a recent law of the New York State Senate (Bill S.240). The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America categorically denounces these adverse developments that allow for abortion, under certain unjustifiable circumstances, even within the third trimester of existence. 

Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria visited the city of Dolisie in Congo

On the morning of February 18, Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by Metropolitan Panteleimon of Brazzaville and Gabon and Bishop Theodoros of Babylonia, arrived in Dolisie, the third most populous city of the Republic of Congo-Brazzaville.

Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia received the Metropolitan of Boryspil in his residence

Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Moscow met with Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia. The meeting was held at the Patriarch’s residence in Tbilisi and was conducted in a warm climate. Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil was accompanied by the Deputy Head of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych.

Donetsk Diocese declares its loyalty to canonical Ukrainian Church and primate

Despite the ongoing persecution and propaganda against the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church that has only increasing since December 15’s “unification council” and the granting of a tomos of autocephaly to schismatics by Constantinople on January 6, its dioceses are remaining faithful to it. A number of them have already openly expressed their support for the Church’s canonical status as a self-governing autonomous body and for their primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and now the Donetsk Diocese has joined them.