Orthodox Churches

Unique cave monastery complex of 12th-13th centuries in Georgia to be conserved

 Vardzia is the cave monastery complex of the 12th-13th centuries in the valley of the Kura river, situated about 70 kilometers south of the town of Borjomi. This is an outstanding monument of medieval Georgian architecture.

The three-day international seminar, dedicated to the development of plans for conservating the Vardzia cave monastery complex in the Samche-Javaheti region, began on July 9 at the nature reserve. The seminar is organized by the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. “The primary aim of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia is to stop the rockslides in the unique cave complex and prolong the life of the historical site. In order to save Vardzia, Georgian specialists should unite and work out the (still non-existent) document on preservation of Vardzia. This document will serve as a start of preparation of the plan for control of the cave monastery complex,” reports the Ministry of Culture. The special guest of the seminar was president of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, UNESCO consultant, assistant to the president of the International consortium on landslides Claudio Margottini.

Greeting By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew On the Occasion of the 21st Anniversary of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy

Delivered by His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France
Moscow, 26 June 2014

Esteemed Dignitaries,
Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, we would like to congratulate you on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. We especially congratulate all of the young scholars and winners of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy International Scientific essay contest, and we look forward to the contributions these young people will make in the future.

Holy Trinity Mission Slava

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN celebrated the first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission Chapel in Fairmont, West Virginia on April 15, 2000.. The Mission has continued until the present. The Divine Liturgy is held twice per month on Saturdays. On alternating Wednesday evenings, an Akathist and Adult Education classes are held.

Russian Orthodox Church fundraised over $780,000 for Serbia

The Moscow Patriarchate transferred money to the Serbian Orthodox Church to help victims of the flood.“In response to my call to all faithful children of our Church, we held a fundraising to support victims in Serbia.

The collected means in amount of 27 million rubles (which makes over $780,000 – IF) have already been transferred to the special account of the Serbian Orthodox Church,” the patriarchal message to Patriarch Irinej of Serbia reads.

Holy Synod to elect new Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader on August 13

The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made the decision to elect its new leader on August 13

The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made the decision to elect its new leader on August 13.

“The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met on July 7 under the chairmanship of the Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, and made the decision to call the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Bishops Assembly in Kiev on August 13, 2014,” the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said on its website.

Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine reposes in the Lord

The head of the Ukranian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and all Ukraine reposed in the Lord on 5 July 2014. 

The entirety of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Orthodox world mourns the loss of His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine. His Beatitude reposed early in the morning on July 5 at the age of 79 after months of a serious illness. Metropolitan Vladimir especially has ties to the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA as he presided along with then Bishop Clement of Serpukhov and Bishop Makary (Svistun +2007) at the Great Consecration of Three Saints Church in Garfield NJ in July of 1984.

The Locum Tenens of the Kiev Metropolis, His Eminence Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina will fulfill the duties of Church Primate until a new primate is elected.