Orthodox Churches

Relation of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian world

Draft document of the Pan-Orthodox Council, adopted by the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference in Chambésy on October, 10-17, 2015.

Published in compliance with the decision of the Synaxis of Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, Chambésy, January, 21-28, 2016.


1.    The Orthodox Church, being the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, in her profound ecclesiastical consciousness firmly believes that she occupies a central place in matters relating to the promotion of Christian unity within the contemporary world.

2.    The Orthodox Church grounds her unity on the fact that she was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as on the communion in the Holy Trinity and in the Sacraments. This unity is manifested through the apostolic succession and the patristic tradition and to this day is lived within her. It is the mission and duty of the Orthodox Church to transmit and proclaim the truth, in all its fullness, contained in the Holy Scripture and the Holy Tradition, the truth which gives to the Church her catholic character.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Celebrates Seventh Anniversary of Enthronement

On Monday, February 1, the seventh anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill was vested in the vestments worn during his enthronement in 2009.

Russian greetings to Primate of Serbian Orthodox Church on St. Sava’s commemoration day

On the occasion of the great feast of St. Sava, the enlightener of Serbia, Patriarch Kirill and Met. Hilarion (Alfeyev) sent greetings to His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.

Patriarch Daniel: “The Future Pan-Orthodox Synod represents an Important Historical Event for the Development of Synodality on a Pan-Orthodox Level”

Address of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, delivered in the opening of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, 22 January 2016, Chambésy, Switzerland:

Your Holiness,

Bulgaria's Police Donates 14th Century Silver Icon to National Museum of History

A 14th century silver icon of Jesus Christ from the time of the Second Bulgarian Empire (1185-1396) has been donated to Bulgaria’s National Museum of History in Sofia by the Bulgarian police.

The icon is a rectangular silver slab which is 6 cm long and 5 cm wide, the Museum press service has announced.

It features an image of Christ Pantocrator (Pantokrator, i.e. Almighty) sitting on a throne, with images of the Holy Mother of God (Virgin Mary) and St. John the Baptist on his sides.

Publication of “Synaxarium: Life of the Saints of the Orthodox Church”, Volume II, November-December

The latest edition of “Synaxarium: Life of the Saints of the Orthodox Church”, Volume II, November & December of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania is recently on sale at different points of sale at the churches all over the country. It is a voluminous and highly qualitative edition, with 800 pages, printed in the printing house “Resurrection” of “Nazareth” Workshop Complex. It was translated by Father Anastas Bendo and Eleni Pani and prepared for publication by Donika Shuraja. Also the consecutive volumes are in the process of translation and editing.