Orthodox Churches

A new Orthodox church consecrated in Thailand

The Church of the Holy Royal Martyrs – the sixth Russian Orthodox parish church on the territory of Thailand – was solemnly consecrated on Sunday in the resort town of Hua Hin, reports RIA-Novosti.

The consecration of the church was headed by Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk who had arrived in Thailand with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Thailand Archimandrite Oleg (Cherepanin) participated in the ceremony as well. The Russian ambassador to Thailand Kirill Barsky was present at the event.

The first Orthodox church in 100 years to be built in Warsaw

Construction of a new Orthodox church in the Polish capital of Warsaw will start in April 2015, reports PoloNews. In the last hundred years, no new churches have been built in the capital of Poland. The Orthodox church will be constructed on a piece of land of 1.5 hectares. The architectural design of the church will resemble the Hagia Sophia Cathedral.

Anniversary Function in Honour of the Patriarch of Alexandria in Johannesburg

Anniversary Function in Honour of the Patriarch of Alexandria in Johannesburg
Anniversary Function in Honour of the Patriarch of Alexandria in Johannesburg
Anniversary Function in Honour of the Patriarch of Alexandria in Johannesburg
Anniversary Function in Honour of the Patriarch of Alexandria in Johannesburg

On the occasion of the pastoral visit of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa to Johannesburg, The Holy Metropolis of Johannesburg and Pretoria organized and anniversary function in his honour for the completion of a successful decade as Patriarch, in the hall of the Cypriot Brotherhood on the evening of 20 January 2015.

Patriarch of Alexandria with the priests of the Metropolis of Johannesburg

On the occasion of the pastoral visit of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa to Johannesburg, The Holy Metropolis of Johannesburg and Pretoria organized and anniversary function in his honour for the completion of a successful decade as Patriarch, in the hall of the Cypriot Brotherhood on the evening of 20 January 2015.

Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid arrives in Russia

 On February 8, 2015, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Archbishop Jovan (Vraniskovski) of Ohrid arrived in Russia for medical treatment. 

At Sheremetjevo airport, Archbishop Jovan was met by Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and A. Khoshev, DECR secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations.

Patriarch of Alexandria visits Soweto

Patriarch of Alexandria visits Soweto
Patriarch of Alexandria visits Soweto
Patriarch of Alexandria visits Soweto
Patriarch of Alexandria visits Soweto

Within the framework of his Pastoral visit to South Africa, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa visited on 20th January 2015, just before noon, in the district of Soweto in Johannesburg, the Jabuvu East Primary School, at which for twenty years,  there has been a Greek language learning programme, under the guidance of the teacher, Mrs. Ava Papatheophilou.

Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates on Mount Sarantarion

Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates on Mount Sarantarion
Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates on Mount Sarantarion
Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates on Mount Sarantarion
Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates on Mount Sarantarion

On Sunday, the 19th of January/1st of February 2015, the Patriarch of Jerusalem officiated at the Holy Monastery of Mount Sarantarion.

Mount Sarantarion, overlooking the west of the ancient town of Jericho, is the Mount where the Lord came, guided by the Holy Spirit, after His baptismal in the Jordan, to pray and fast for forty days. There, He was tempted by the devil and overcame the temptation to turn stones into bread, to throw Himself from the temple, and to worship the devil in exchange for every power in the world. To these temptations, the Lord answered, respectively: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”; “Do not put the Lord your God to the test”; and “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only”.
On this site where Christ conquered temptation, the Patriarchate maintains a Monastery that is carved into the rock.