Orthodox Churches

Archbishop Ieronymos II: Kosovo and Metohija are Serbian Acropolis

Minister of Defense of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, who is on a two-day visit to Greece, met with Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece and on that occasion he thanked the Greek Orthodox Church for the support that it had been giving to the preservation of Serbian identity and Orthodoxy on Kosovo and Metohija.

Archbishop Ieronymos says that Kosovo and Metohija are “the Serbian Acropolis”, emphasizing that wherever the voice of the Greek Orthodox Church is heard, and it is heard very far and it is very influential, and consequently it will repeat that Kosovo and Metohija are Serbian and that all holy places in Kosovo and Metohija are Serbian.

Bishop Irinej lectures at “For the Life of the World” Conference

From September 21–24, 2017, Orthodox Vision Foundation (OVF) sponsored an Advanced Leadership Initiative Conference entitled, “For the Life of the World” at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY. It has been called by many of the pre-selected 65 attendees “historic” and “groundbreaking.” They were welcomed to the program by Co-Trustee of OVF Charles Ajalat, and Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The goals of the Conference were: to build advanced leadership skills and deeper faith and bonding among the attendees, to improve Orthodox ministries, to mentor younger Orthodox, and to help those who, one day in their life, might want to transition from the profit to the non-profit world. In a two-hour reflection session, the attendees unanimously expressed that they were excited, joyous, and inspired by what they experienced at the Conference.

OCF Retreat Waynesburg University

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Waynesburg University, Greene County, Pennsylvania held a well-attended retreat on Saturday September 23, 2017. The featured speaker was Reverend Deacon Seraphim Moslener.

Primate of Russian Church celebrates great consecration of Dormition Cathedral in Tashkent

Primate of Russian Church celebrates great consecration of Dormition Cathedral in Tashkent
Primate of Russian Church celebrates great consecration of Dormition Cathedral in Tashkent
Primate of Russian Church celebrates great consecration of Dormition Cathedral in Tashkent
Primate of Russian Church celebrates great consecration of Dormition Cathedral in Tashkent

On 1 October 2017, 17th Sunday after Pentecost, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia performed the rite of great consecration of the Cathedral of the Holy Dormition in Tashkent, where the restoration work had been completed. After that the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the newly consecrated church.

Patriarch Kirill lays flowers at the tomb of the first president of Uzbekistan

 Patriarch Kirill lays flowers at the tomb of the first president of Uzbekistan
 Patriarch Kirill lays flowers at the tomb of the first president of Uzbekistan
 Patriarch Kirill lays flowers at the tomb of the first president of Uzbekistan
 Patriarch Kirill lays flowers at the tomb of the first president of Uzbekistan

On 30 September 2017 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the tomb of the first President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the cemetery near the Hazret-Hyzr Mosque and the Shah-i-Zindah architectural ensemble in Samarkand.

Monument to Tsar Nicholas II erected in Bosnia and Herzegovina

A new monument to Tsar Nicholas II was opened on Saturday in the village of Ritešić, near the city of Doboj in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Republika Srpska, reports pravoslavie.ru.

The monument was erected in recognition of the Russian tsar, who rose in defense of the Serbs in the First World War. About 1,500 people, including representatives of the government of Republika Srpska, the Serbian Orthodox Church, Russian and Serbian professionals, and Bosnian and Serbian parliamentarians, businessmen, and diplomats participated in the ceremonies dedicated to the opening of the monument.