Orthodox Churches

Primates and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches attend grand meeting dedicated to the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

Primates and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches attend grand meeting dedicated to the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
Primates and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches attend grand meeting dedicated to the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
Primates and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches attend grand meeting dedicated to the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
Primates and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches attend grand meeting dedicated to the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

Grand meeting dedicated to the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia took place at the Hall of Church Councils in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on November 21, 2016.

Before the meeting, the participants of the celebrations prayed at the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archpriest Mikhail Ryazantsev, and sacristan of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and clergymen of Moscow.

Unlikely protector: Turkish shepherd guards historic Pontian Greek church

A 60-year-old Turkish shepherd is an unlikely guardian of a Greek Orthodox Church in northern Turkey, protecting the historic structure from would-be treasure hunters and looters.

Church Slava in San Marcos, CA

Church Slava in San Marcos, CA
Church Slava in San Marcos, CA
Church Slava in San Marcos, CA
Church Slava in San Marcos, CA

His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese made a canonical visit to the faithful of St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in San Marcos, California on Sunday, October 23, 2016 the 18th Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

It was on this Sunday that the parishioners of St. Petka festively celebrated their Church Slava. Concelebrating with His Grace at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were Protopresbyter Stavrophor Milan Vukovic, retired priest from the San Marcos parish and Protopresbyter Milovan Katanic, parish priest. Also serving were Deacon Vladan Radovanovic, the diocesan deacon and Deacon David-John Williams from the neighboring Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos parish in Orange County. Following the Slava Litiya His Grace blessed the Slava kolach and koljivo with this year's kumovi Momcilo and Emilija Curcic. A festive Slava banquet followed in the church hall.

Medieval cathedral discovered in Crimea

Staff members of the Crimean Archeology Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered a medieval cathedral not far from Sudak.

"Scientists of the Russian Geographic Society held geoscanning and it cleared out that the building stands on the foundation of an older building and several buildings nearby were covered by soil. Perhaps, there are monastic cells underground. It is clear that an entire monastic complex functioned there ten centuries ago. It is quite possible that it is an ancient monastery of St. John Chrysostom!" head of the Crimean State Council Committee for Building and Public Utilities Leonid Babashov was quoted as saying by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta website.

Greek, Turkish Cypriots open restored monastery as leaders meet in Switzerland

Cypriot Greek and Turkish communities on Monday opened the newly restored Apostolos Andreas monastery – a jointly funded project – as the island’s two leaders met in Switzerland for talks on a conflict that has defied mediation for decades.

Trump names Orthodox Christian as White House chief of staff

President-elect Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus, an Orthodox Christian, as his White House chief of staff come January 2017.

The forty-four year old Priebus has a long history in politics, and is a personal friend of House speaker Paul Ryan, which is expected to help in garnering legislative victories for the Trump administration, The Guardian reports.