Orthodox Churches

Bishop Innocentios Byakatonda Elevated to Metropolitan of Rwanda and Burundi

On November 26, 2018, during the First day of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa, His Grace Innocentios Byakatonda was elevated to a Priestly rank of a Metropolitan and the Diocese of Rwanda and Burundi elevated to the rank of Metropolis of Rwanda and Burundi.

Alexandrian Holy Synod establishes 5 new dioceses

Meeting in Alexandria under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa on Monday, the Holy Synod of the Church of Alexandria resolved to establish 5 new dioceses for the Church, reports the Patriarchate’s website.

The decision came on the first day of the session that is scheduled to run through Friday.

First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan

First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan
First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan
First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan
First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan

Three weeks after the primate of the Japanese Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo and All Japan, celebrated a moleben of thanksgiving in the new Church of the “It Is Truly Meet” Icon of the Mother of God at the Monastery of St. Nicholas of Japan, the monastery experienced another great spiritual joy.

The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos

The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos
The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos
The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos
The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos

On Thursday, November 9/22, 2018, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated the 13th  Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, at the glorious Throne of the Mother of Churches. For this extremely significant event in favour of the strengthening and unity of the Church of Jerusalem, there was a Doxology Service at the All-holy Church of the Resurrection.

In a letter sent to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for rendering aid to the civilian population of Syria

In his letter sent to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great Antioch and All the East expressed his gratitude to the Russian Orthodox Church for the assistance that it gives to the people affected by the war in Syria.

The letter reads, in particular, “Remembering the sacrifice of Christ, we cannot forget or ignore the sacrifices of the great Russian nation and Russian Church, alongside the sacrifices of the Antiochian Church and her faithful on the Syrian ground. All these sacrifices have taken place, in order to save Syria and to preserve the honor and dignity of its citizens in this historical and holy part of the world; a place that has been witnessing for Christ for more than 2000 years.”