Orthodox Churches

The Minister of Education of Jordan visits the Patriarchate

On Thursday April 20/May 3, 2018, the Minister of Education of Jordan Mr. Nabie Shekem visited the Patriarchate, escorted by his associates and Mr. Anuar Hatib.

The Minister and his escort were warmly received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers.

New Violation of the Holy Zion Chapel

On Mid-Pentecost Wednesday, April 19/May 2, 2018, radical fanatics from the Yesiva Synagogue by David’s Tomb violated the railing and wire mesh of the chapel-catacomb at the outdoor area of the Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity and the Priest School of Zion of the Patriarchate, and entered illegally, refusing to leave.

The transgressors were removed from the premises by the Israeli Police of Jerusalem with great difficulty, due to their strong resistance.

Chapel consecrated on site of secret execution of monks in northeastern Ukraine

Chapel consecrated on site of secret execution of monks in northeastern Ukraine
Chapel consecrated on site of secret execution of monks in northeastern Ukraine
Chapel consecrated on site of secret execution of monks in northeastern Ukraine
Chapel consecrated on site of secret execution of monks in northeastern Ukraine

On the feast of Mid-Pentecost on Wednesday, His Eminence Archbishop Roman of Konotop and Glukhov celebrated the consecration of a chapel and a well in the Sumy Region in northeastern Ukraine, on the site of the execution of several monks in 1922, reports the Konotop-Glukhov Diocese.

Delegation from Norway visits the Metropolitan of Thessaloniki Anthimos

A large delegation of Norwegians was received by the Metropolitan of Thessaloniki, His Eminence Mr. Anthimos, on the occasion of their educational tour and pilgrimage to Byzantine churches and other Christian monuments of the city of Thessaloniki. The delegation headed by Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, professor of Ancient and Byzantine philosophy at the University of Oslo, was consisted of emeriti professors, doctors, researchers, other philhellenes and friends of Orthodoxy from Norway, as well as members of the Norwegian Orthodox Parish of St. Nicholas in Oslo, which belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and the Parish of the Metropolitan Church of The Annunciation of the Mother of God in Oslo of the Metropolis of Sweden and All Scandinavia.

Patriarch Kirill takes part in the presentation of the Russian version of the book ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’

Patriarch Kirill takes part in the presentation of the Russian version of the book ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’
Patriarch Kirill takes part in the presentation of the Russian version of the book ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’
Patriarch Kirill takes part in the presentation of the Russian version of the book ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’
Patriarch Kirill takes part in the presentation of the Russian version of the book ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’

On April 29, 2018, during the peace visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Albanian Orthodox Church, a presentation took place of the book by His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania entitled ‘Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth’, devoted to the history, today’s tasks and prospects of the Orthodox mission.

Primates of Russian and Albanian Churches celebrate Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tirana

Primates of Russian and Albanian Churches celebrate Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tirana
Primates of Russian and Albanian Churches celebrate Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tirana
Primates of Russian and Albanian Churches celebrate Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tirana
Primates of Russian and Albanian Churches celebrate Divine Liturgy at Resurrection Cathedral in Tirana

His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, and His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Resurrection in Tirana.

Georgian parliament to consider bill on insulting religious sensibilities, Georgian Church supports it

The Georgian parliament will soon consider a bill that would introduce criminal penalties for insulting religious sensibilities. A representative of the Georgian Orthodox Church has stated that the patriarchate supports the bill. “I … am ready to join these discussions,” said parliamentary Chairperson Irakli Kobakhidze. “The committee will make a definite decision, after which this question will be examined in a plenary format,” Kobakhidze told reporters, according to RIA-Novosti. The parliamentary Committee for the protection of human rights decided to establish an ad hoc working group to study and amend the bill in detail.