Orthodox Churches

Appeal by the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad on Aiding Refugees in Holy Dormition Lavra

Reverend Fathers, brothers and sisters,
all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad,

It has been already three years since Ukraine is engrossed in terrible internecine strife. Civil people are dying, migrating, and becoming internally displaced. Many residents of the Donetsk region are being forced to seek refuge in the Holy Dormition Lavra in Svyatogorsk.

The Svyatogorsk Monastery has always been the spiritual heart of Eastern Ukraine, and nowadays, it is also a mercy center for all Donbass. As soon as the fighting broke out, the Svyatogorsk Lavra, with the blessing of the Father Superior of the monastery, Metropolitan Arseny, started taking in civilians whose lives were in danger. The Pilgrims’ guesthouse was given over for housing refugees. In the midst of the warfare, up to 1,000 refugees have lived in the Lavra, the majority of which were also fed in the monastery for free.

Ancient church with pre-Mongolian frescoes to be restored in North Ossetia

Specialists from St. Petersburg will restore an ancient church in the village of Nuzal in North Ossetia which is a monument of federal importance, reports the website of the Vladikavkaz Diocese.

They have conducted a visual inspection of the monument and architectural-archaeological surveys, and made a selection of mortar and masonry to study the materials’ conditions, reports the Vladikavkaz Diocese’s press service.

Mass Baptism of 118 Souls in Rwanda

Mass Baptism of 118 Souls in Rwanda
Mass Baptism of 118 Souls in Rwanda
Mass Baptism of 118 Souls in Rwanda
Mass Baptism of 118 Souls in Rwanda

All you who have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ, Allelua”…

“Mwebwe mwese ababatijwe muri Kristo, mwambaye Kristo, Aleluya”.

Through the blessing of His Beatitude Theodoros II, the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa; and through the prayers of Orthodox faithfuls worldwide, on 11th September 2016, 118 people have been baptized in Rwanda.

Representative of Russian Orthodox Church takes part in international theological congress in Bucharest

Representative of Russian Orthodox Church takes part in international theological congress in Bucharest
Representative of Russian Orthodox Church takes part in international theological congress in Bucharest
Representative of Russian Orthodox Church takes part in international theological congress in Bucharest
Representative of Russian Orthodox Church takes part in international theological congress in Bucharest

On 3-7 September 2016, within the framework of the Year of Religious Education of the Christian Orthodox Youth, declared by the Romanian Orthodox Church, a theological congress was held in Bucharest.

Archbishop Feofan of Berlin and Germany meets with President of German Catholic Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Reinhard Marx

On September 7, 2016, Archbishop Feofan of Berlin and Germany met with the President of the German Bishops’ Conference Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, in Munich.

They discussed the results of the meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis, which took place on February 12, 2016, in Havana, and underscored the need for close cooperation and development of contacts between the Diocese of Berlin and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Archbishop Feofan spoke about the present state of the dialogue between the German Bishops’ Conference and the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been maintained for several years as joint theological conversations. The latest talks, which are co-chaired by His Eminence Feofan, took place in June 2016 in St. Petersburg.

Patriarch of Alexandria at the Palace of the King of Jordan

Patriarch of Alexandria at the Palace of the King of Jordan
Patriarch of Alexandria at the Palace of the King of Jordan
Patriarch of Alexandria at the Palace of the King of Jordan
Patriarch of Alexandria at the Palace of the King of Jordan

On 7th September 2016, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, together with the other Primates of the Churches of the Middle East, was welcomed at the Palace of the Hashemite Kingdom in Amman, Jordan, by the King of Jordan His Majesty Abdellah Ben Al.