The Cuban Revolution overthrew the Batista regime on January 1st 1959. During Fidel Castro’s 49 year reign as Cuban Prime Minister and then President, there had not been any new churches in Cuba.
“A Beacon in Havana” is a short documentary that examines how the Saint Nicholas of Myra Greek Orthodox Church in Havana, Cuba came to be. The documentary looks into the role of the Church in Cuban society and Greek Orthodoxy in Cuba today.
St. Nicholas was actually built in 1950 as the St. Helen and Constantine Church. However, it never functioned as a church until 54 years later. In January 2004 the Church was renamed as the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and became the first functioning Greek Orthodox Church in Cuba.
Delta Architects (DDA) owned by Greek-Australian Demetrios Stavropoulos has undertaken the task of constructing Australia’s first Byzantine-style Greek Orthodox monastery on Mangrove Mountain near Sydney.
Pantanassa Monastery was first established under the initiative of Archbishop Stylianos back in 1976. In 2005 DDA began construction for the main church of Pantanassa Monastery, Catholicon, which is dedicated to the Holy Mother of God Pantanassa. Furthermore, in 2008, construction began on the monk’s living quarters, kitchen, refectory and library and continued until the late 2010 to a partial lock up stage, where it was put on hold for financial reasons, notes the monastery’s website.
On Wednesday 4th November 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, continuing his Missionary journey to the rough region of Gulu in northern Uganda, visited the holy Churches of the Life-Giving Fountain, and the Archangel Gabriel as well as the adjacent school, literally built in the jungle, where the pupils afforded him an enthusiastic welcome.
On 3rd November 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Jonas Metropolitan of Kampala, His Eminence Ieronymos Metropolitan of Mwanza, His Eminence Narkissos Metropolitan of Noubea and His Grace Innocent Bishop of Burundi and Rwanda, traveled by road following a long journey to the district of Gulu in Northern Uganda, next to the border with South Sudan.
Bulgarian head of state President Rossen Plevneliev conferred the country’s highest honor, the Stara Planina first degree, on Neofit, Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and Sofia Metropolitan, at a ceremony on November 5, 2015.
On 4 November 2015, the feast day of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine arrived in the Russian monastery of St. Panteleimon on the Holy Mountain of Athos.