Orthodox Churches

Ilia II of Georgia: there was never a time that humanity has fallen so low

“People today think only of material goods and do not see how low they have fallen spiritually and how unhappy they are, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II said during his Sunday sermon.

The Catholicos-Patriarch emphasized that the choice of heaven or hell always remains within a person. “Man himself stands to the right or to the left of the Saviour. An evil person, a non-believer, will not stand in the Kingdom of Heaven,” he claimed.

A New Social Canteen Blessed By The Patriarch Of Romania

 On 17 February 2015, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church blessed the new social canteen of the deanery of district 2 Bucharest, assisted by a group of priests. His Grace Timotei Prahoveanul, Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest, Mr. Neculai Ontanu, mayor of District 2 Bucharest, eparchial counsellor priests, as well as employees of Saint Ana Social Canteen, within which the new social–philanthropic settlement will operate were also present.

Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East arrives in Moscow

Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East arrives in Moscow
Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East arrives in Moscow
Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East arrives in Moscow
Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East arrives in Moscow

His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East arrived in Moscow.

The delegation accompanying the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Antioch consists of Bishop Athanasios of Nineveh, Archimandrite Parthenios (Allati), Archdeacon Gerasimos (Kabbas). His Beatitude party also includes Metropolitan Niphon of Philippople, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and Hegumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch.

Special Inter-Orthodox Commission starts its second session

The Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparation of a Pan-Orthodox Council started its second session at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Orthodox Center in Chambesy near Geneva on 16 February 2015.

The Serbian Orthodox Church  is represented by His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa. Archpriest Gajo Gajic is also the part of the delegation.The commission established by the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches at their meeting on March 6-9, 2014, in Istanbul, will continue the work to edit draft documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. The commission started this work at its first session which took place on September 30 – October 3, 2014.

Hierarch of Russian Orthodox Church visits Cambodia

 On 13 February 2015, Archbishop Feofilakt of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk arrived in Cambodia, accompanied by Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin), representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Kingdom of Thailand, and Mr. Dmitry Petrovsky, a staff member of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Minister of tourism Nikolina Angelkova met with the Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte

The Holy Synod will have its representative in the National Council of Tourism.  A partnership agreement between the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the Ministry of Tourism will be prepared and signed at the shortest possible time. This was negotiated at a meeting between the Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova and His Holiness Neophyte. Other participants in the meeting were the Lovchanksi Metropolitan Gavriil, the Varna and the Veliko Turnovo metropolitan Joan, the Nevrokopski metropolitan Seraphim, the Secretary General of the Holy Synod archimandrite Gerasim and the head of the Public Relations department of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Alexandra Karamihaleva. At this stage the representative of the Holy Synod in the National Council of Tourism will not have the right to vote but can take part and intervene during the meetings. Other interested parties can also take part in the activities of the Council according to its regulations.

Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid officiates feast day's Liturgy at Novodevichy Monastery in St. Petersburg

His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the feast day of Holy Three Hierarchs at the Novodevichy Monastery in St. Petersburg.

The same day in the evening at the Novodevichy monastery, Archbishop Jovan was visited by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, who had received the title Doctor Honoris Causa of the Spiritual Academy in St. Petersburg the previous day.