Orthodox Churches

Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev will baptize every fifth child in Orthodox families

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, has responded positively to the idea of representatives of the clergy that he baptize newborns in large families.

During the annual diocesan assembly of the clergy of the Kiev Diocese, His Beatitude stated that he is willing to celebrate the Mystery of Baptism for every fifth child in large Orthodox families.

Archbishop Anastasios given Albanian citizenship after 25 years of ministry

In a letter delivered on Sunday, His Excellency Ilir Meta, President of the Republic of Albania, offered his heartfelt congratulations to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and all Albania who was granted Albanian citizenship by presidential decree no. 10700 on Friday, reports the site of the Albanian Orthodox Church.

Number of churches in Russia could double, hit pre-revolutionary number within 30 years

According to available statistics, an average of three churches a day are opened in the Russian Orthodox Church, and if construction continues at such a pace, the number of churches in Russia will double within 25-30 years, reaching pre-revolutionary levels, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, recently stated on the television program “The Church and the World,” reports RIA-Novosti.

Kiev Diocese releases statistics—has over 1,000 monastics

As of the end of 2017, the Kiev Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has 396 parishes, 777 clergy, and more than 1,000 monastics according to the report of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine at the diocesan assembly yesterday, reports the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Hagia Sophia consecrated 1,480 years ago today

1480 years ago today, in 537 AD, the grand Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople was solemnly consecrated. According to Emperor Justinian I’s design, the church was to become the jewel of the capital city of the Byzantine Empire, and serve as an expression of the empire’s greatness. Up to 10,000 people worked on its construction daily.

Patriarch Kirill accepts President Dodon’s invitation to attend World Congress of Families in Moldova

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has accepted the invitation of President Igor Dodon of Moldova to visit the World Congress of Families which will be held in Chișinău in 2018, reports Foma. The invitation came during a meeting at Moscow’s Danilovsky Monastery yesterday.

According to the site of the International Organization for the Family, the World Congress of Families “convenes major international public events to unite and equip leaders, organizations, and families to affirm, celebrate, and defend the natural family as the only fundamental and sustainable unit of society.”

Ukrainian priests baptize 13 ill children in combat zone

Chaplains of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church celebrated the sacrament of Baptism on Thursday for several sick children, during a mission in the ATO combat zone, reports the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

The thirteen children baptized are all pupils of a boarding school for children with lung diseases. The head of the military division of the Diocese of Alexandria Archpriest Alexander Shnyakin, along with the head of pastoral care for soldiers Archpriest Vyacheslave Yakovenko visited two boarding schools for children with disabilities and pulmonary diseases in Kreminna and Shchastya in the Lugansk Province on December 21.