Orthodox Churches

Primate of Orthodox Church in America to visit Russia

Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada elected head of the Orthodox Church in America in November is to arrive in Russia on Saturday, according to a report posted on the Moscow Patriarchate website.

During his visit which will continue until May 4 Metropolitan Jonah will meet with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and visit holy places in Moscow, the Holy Trinity - St. Sergius Laura and the Valaam Monastery. Metropolitan Jonah and Patriarch Kirill will also jointly conduct religious services at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral on April 26 and at the Kremlin's Cathedral of the Assumption on May 3.

Orthodox in Uganda condemn corruption

The leader of the Orthodox Church in Uganda, Jonah Lwanga, has decried the increasing cases of corruption and prostitution in society. Lwanga also said it was unfortunate that greed had forced people to resort to evil practices such as sacrificing human beings to acquire wealth. Other evils he condemned were murder and sodomy. "Many people in Uganda, including Christians, do not profess in the principle of working for God's kingdom, but believe in earthly treasures," he noted.

First Easter celebration at Russian Orthodox Church in Havana

With the phrase "Christ has risen", Russian orthodox followers in Havana city celebrated last Sunday the most important date in their liturgical calendar.

Ortodox Cathedral
With the phrase "Christ has risen", Russian orthodox followers in Havana city celebrated last Sunday the most important date in their liturgical calendar.

Orthodox celebrate holy fire ritual in Jerusalem

Thousands of Orthodox faithful, carrying torches and bundles of candles signifying the 33 years of Jesus' life, packed into Christianity's holiest shrine on Saturday to celebrate Easter Week's holy fire ritual. Christians traditionally believe Jesus was crucified and buried at the site in Jerusalem's Old City where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher now stands.

Patriarchal Proclamation Pascha 2009

BARTHOLOMEW

By the Grace of God
Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome
And Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Plenitude of the Church
Grace, Peace and Mercy
By the Savior Christ Risen in Glory

Dearly beloved brothers and children in the Lord,

Christ is Risen!

In sullenness, one day in the 19th century, humankind heard from the lips of the tragic philosopher: "God is dead! We killed him! All of us are his murderers ... God will remain dead! What else are the churches but tombs and graves of God?" And only a few decades later, we heard from the lips of his younger colleague: "Gentlemen, I declare to you the death of God!"

President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Dimitri Christofias met Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria

TheodorosOn 9th April 2009, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Dimitri Christofias and his wife met Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, at the Patriarchal See.

In a ceremony which took place in the Throne Room His Beatitude awarded the Great Cross of the Curch of the Apostle Mark, with a star, to His Excellency. "We thank Cyprus, which always with humanity and good will aids and supports the missionary efforts of the Patriarchate of Alexandria throughout the African Continent", noted the Venerable Primate.