Orthodox Churches

Plans Underway To Build 4th Orthodox Church In Chechnya

Plans are underway to build a new Orthodox church in Grozny, the capital city of the Chechen Republic, republic head Ramzan Kadyrov said in a recent interview with Izvestia.

Upon completion, there will be just four Orthodox parishes in the entire republic, and two active parishes in Grozny.

40 gypsy children baptized in Achaea

A joyous mass Baptism was celebrated in Achaea in Western Greece on Wednesday.

On that day, His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos visited the village of Sageika to baptize 40 gypsy children from families living permanently in the area, Romfea reports.

This was not the first such Baptism celebrated by the metropolitan—there have been six in the past few years in Sageika and Riganokampos, preceded by the necessary spiritual formation. About 100 children in total have been baptized thus far.

Degrees Awarded to Eleven Students at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy

Degrees Awarded to Eleven Students at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy
Degrees Awarded to Eleven Students at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy
Degrees Awarded to Eleven Students at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy
Degrees Awarded to Eleven Students at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy

Graduation at the end of one’s studies is always a key moment in every young student's life, but it gets a deeper meaning when the whole work and study is dedicated to God. On June 12, 2018, at the Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy, at the Monastery of St. Vlash in Durres, the day of graduation involved academic as well as spiritual joy for the achievement of such an important objective in life and finally being able to serve the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania in all its areas. This year, eleven new graduates successfully completed their four years of studies at the Academy.

Highly-revered Patriarch of Georgia strongly opposes Constantinople intervention in Ukraine

The Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church met on Thursday in Tbilisi, chaired by His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II. The Synod addressed several topics, including the demographic crisis in Georgia and the sin of abortion, the nation’s stance towards marijuana, and the ongoing and heated issue surrounding the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Altar dedicated to St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated at Romanian monastery

Altar dedicated to St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated at Romanian monastery
Altar dedicated to St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated at Romanian monastery
Altar dedicated to St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated at Romanian monastery
Altar dedicated to St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated at Romanian monastery

St. John (Maximovitch), the great wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, is one of the most beloved saints of Russia and America, and his veneration has spread throughout the entire Orthodox world. Churches and monasteries have been dedicated to him in Greece and Ukraine, for example, and now a new altar has been recently dedicated in his honor in Romania.

84,000 signatures gathered for revival of Moscow monastery destroyed by communists

The community of the Moscow Strastnoy (Passion) Monastery held a festive prayer meeting at Pushkin Square on Tuesday, and a procession around the historical territory of the Strastnoy Monastery, destroyed by the atheist soviets in 1937.

The event was dedicated to the 360th anniversary of the founding of the holy monastery, for the restoration of which Orthodox activists have gathered more than 84,000 signatures, reports the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Monument to Royal Martyrs consecrated on 595th anniversary of miraculous Godenov Cross

Monument to Royal Martyrs consecrated on 595th anniversary of miraculous Godenov Cross
Monument to Royal Martyrs consecrated on 595th anniversary of miraculous Godenov Cross
Monument to Royal Martyrs consecrated on 595th anniversary of miraculous Godenov Cross
Monument to Royal Martyrs consecrated on 595th anniversary of miraculous Godenov Cross

The 595th anniversary of the appearance of one of the most famous miracle-working crosses, the Godenov Cross, was festively celebrated on Monday in the courtyard of the St. John Chrysostom podvoriye in the village of Godenovo, halfway between Moscow and Yaroslavl, of the St. Nicholas Convent in Pereslavl-Zalessky.