Orthodox Churches

Ecumenical Patriarch recalls 50th anniversary of historic papal visit

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, recalled the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s historic visit to Istanbul—the first visit by a Roman Pontiff to the See of Constantinople in over a millennium.Blessed Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras had first met in Jerusalem in January 1964. Three years later, on July 25, 1967, Pope Paul visited the Phanar (Fener), where the patriarchal cathedral is located, setting a precedent followed by subsequent popes.

Moleben on Kiev’s Vladimir Hill and procession to be live broadcast on YouTube

A live broadcast of a moleben on Vladimir Hill in Kiev and the following cross procession will be shown on the station “Inter” on Thursday, beginning at 1:00 PM Kiev time (6:00 AM Eastern), reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Atheists drop from 26 to 13% in Russia in 3 years

The percentage of Russians identifying themselves as atheists has fallen from 26 to 13% in the past three years, while those identifying themselves as “religious people” has risen from 35 to 53%, according to new research from the Moscow-based Levada Analytical Center.

The survey was conducted June 23-26 with a sample of 1,600 urban and rural 18-years and older Russians in 137 localities of the country’s 48 regions.

Day of Baptism of Rus’ to be celebrated with wave of bell ringing throughout Russia and abroad

July 28, 2017, the day of the Baptism of Rus’, when the Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, will be celebrated with a wave of bell ringing in churches and monasteries throughout Russia and abroad.

At noon local time, by the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, bells will ring out in every church and monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church as part of the “Glory to Thee, O God!” event, reports patriarchia.ru. All parishes of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia are also encouraged to participate in the event, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, reports the diocesan site.

125th Anniversary of Orthodox Christianity in Chicago to be celebrated September 30

Proclaiming 2017 as the “125th Year of Orthodox Christianity in Greater Chicago,” the region’s ruling bishops have endorsed a historic celebration to take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association [OCCA] of Greater Chicago, the commemoration will include the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Lane Tech Auditorium, 2501 West Addison at Western, Chicago, followed by an anniversary banquet at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, 8535 West Higgins Road, Chicago.

340,000 venerate relics of St. Nicholas in St. Petersburg already

More than 340,000 pilgrims have made their way to St. Petersburg to venerate the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in the twelve days since they arrived from Moscow, reports RIA-Novosti.

1,807,600 pilgrims venerated the holy hierarch in Moscow from May 21 to July 12, thus more than 2 million have venerated St. Nicholas in Russia so far. The relics were brought from Moscow to St. Petersburg on July 13 and placed in the Holy Trinity Cathedral at the St. Alexander Nevsky Lavra, where they will remain until July 28.