Orthodox Churches

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Joins Pope Francis at Vatican Invocation for Peace

With a renewed commitment to Christian unity and an enduring desire to include people of all faiths in dialogue, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, joined his brother Pope Francis at the Vatican during an Invocation for Peace. Together with the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas participated in the interfaith summit of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Religious leaders read passages from the scriptures and offered prayers of thanksgiving for God’s creation, asking for God’s forgiveness and peace in the Middle East. Reading from the Prophet Isaiah, His All-Holiness reminded the people of the region that God had not abandoned them and that He would answer before they call, and hear while they yet speak (Isaiah 65.24). The Ecumenical Patriarch also invoked God’s blessings upon the Jewish, Christian and Muslim people in the Holy Land and prayed that their shared thanksgiving for all of God’s blessings may remind them that they are brothers and sisters.

Message of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church

Dear brothers and sisters, I address now the entire Fullness of our Church, all the peoples of historical Rus.

There can be nothing more important for us today than the continuing fratricide which rages on the territory of the Ukraine, taking away ever more lives.What is happening today, primarily in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, and how are the members of our Holy Church to think of what is happening?

Tunisia: Marzouki attends celebration of Pentecost at Greek Orthodox Church in Tunis

Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki attended, Sunday, at the Greek Orthodox Church in Tunis, the celebration by the Orthodox Christian community in Tunisia of the day of Pentecost, reads the official "Facebook" page of the Presidency of the Republic.

The ceremony was attended by the ambassadors of Russia and Serbia in Tunis. The Pentecost is celebrated each year, fifty days after the celebration of Easter.

Source: Pravoslavie.ru

Russian Church to open a center for studying Orthodox culture in Shanghai

 The Shanghai Foreign Languages University and the Patriarchal Council for Culture signed an agreement to set up a center for studying Orthodox culture at the university in Shanghai. The document was signed by the University rector professor Cao Demin and executive secretary of the Patriarchal Council for Culture Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov), the Moscow Patriarchate website reports.

The Center will help to get acquainted with traditional Russian culture, organize scientific work, publish books, especially the Chinese-Russian Bible vocabulary and Orthodox terms vocabulary, launch exchange programs for students and aspirants, carry out seminars and conferences, lectures for students and aspirants in China and in Russia.

The Feast of the Holy Spirit and the Final Day of Patriarch Theodore's visit to Tunis

The Feast of the Holy Spirit and the Final Day of Patriarch Theodore's visit to Tunis
The Feast of the Holy Spirit and the Final Day of Patriarch Theodore's visit to Tunis
The Feast of the Holy Spirit and the Final Day of Patriarch Theodore's visit to Tunis
The Feast of the Holy Spirit and the Final Day of Patriarch Theodore's visit to Tunis

On Monday, the Day of the Holy Spirit, 9th June 2014, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, officiated at the Holy Church of the Ascension of the Lord, of the Russian Orthodox community in Tunis, together with Metropolitans Alexios of Carthage and Nikodimos of Memphis. During the Divine Liturgy, members of the Russian Community and the Greek Community were present, as well as the Ambassadors of Russia Mr. Alexandre Cheine and of Greece Mrs. Anna Korka. At the end of the Divine Liturgy and the address given by Fr. Dimitri Netsvetaev, His Beatitude replied Theologically, speaking of the Feast of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit-filled journey of contemporary Christians, which with the events of the times is made far more difficult, particularly in the ares of North Africa, where Christians are in the minority.

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Discusses Priorities for the Region

​As part of the ongoing work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, a meeting of the Assembly’s committee chairmen was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in New York. Eleven of the Assembly’s fourteen committees were represented. Bishop Maxim, the Coordinator for Committees, convened the meeting. 

Feast-day of Saint John Kronstadt to be celebrated as a town holiday

In 2014, the 185th anniversary of birth of Holy Righteous John of Kronstadt is celebrated, and the town of Kronstadt is celebrating the 310th anniversary since its foundation. In honor of the festive dates the administration of Kronstadt decided to make the day of canonization of the Kronstadt pastor an all-town event, reports the St. Petersburg Metropolia’s website.