Orthodox Churches

Orthodox volunteers send 28 tons of aid to Svyatogorsk Lavra in time to help Donetsk refugees for Nativity

Orthodox volunteers send 28 tons of aid to Svyatogorsk Lavra in time to help Donetsk refugees for Nativity
Orthodox volunteers send 28 tons of aid to Svyatogorsk Lavra in time to help Donetsk refugees for Nativity
Orthodox volunteers send 28 tons of aid to Svyatogorsk Lavra in time to help Donetsk refugees for Nativity
Orthodox volunteers send 28 tons of aid to Svyatogorsk Lavra in time to help Donetsk refugees for Nativity

More than 28 tons of humanitarian aid were delivered from the Chernivtsi Diocese in Western Ukraine to the Holy Dormition Svytagorsk Lavra in Donetsk on December 29, just in time for New Year’s and Nativity celebrations, reports the Lavra’s website.

Hundreds of Ukrainian faithful greet New Year before relics of St. Amphilochius of Pochaev

Hundreds of Ukrainian faithful greet New Year before relics of St. Amphilochius of Pochaev
Hundreds of Ukrainian faithful greet New Year before relics of St. Amphilochius of Pochaev
Hundreds of Ukrainian faithful greet New Year before relics of St. Amphilochius of Pochaev
Hundreds of Ukrainian faithful greet New Year before relics of St. Amphilochius of Pochaev

On January 1, the day of commemoration of the venerable Amphilochius of Pochaev (1894-1971), a festive Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra, reports site of the monastery. Thus, hundreds of the faithful had the opportunity to greet the new year before the incorrupt relics of the great saint.

Bright and Cheerful Celebration of Christmas in Tirana

Bright and Cheerful Celebration of Christmas in Tirana
Bright and Cheerful Celebration of Christmas in Tirana
Bright and Cheerful Celebration of Christmas in Tirana
Bright and Cheerful Celebration of Christmas in Tirana

The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ as an innocent child is the greatest witness of God's love for us. Therefore, this festive day filled with joy and light makes up one of the most beautiful celebrations of our Church, on which plenty of Orthodox faithful but also other religious believers gather together to celebrate. The Divine Liturgy, in Tirana, was celebrated at the "Resurrection of Christ" Cathedral and presided over by Archbishop Anastasios, who was assisted by His Grace Nathanail, Metropolitan of Amantia, Bishop Asti of Bylis and the clergy of the city. 

Patriarch Daniel speaks about the National Cathedral

Patriarch Daniel has given an interview to the Romanian public television (TVR) to mark his tenth anniversary of patriarchal ministry. In the first part of the interview broadcast in the TVR religious show The Universe of Faith (Universul credinței), the Patriarch recalled how the Romanian Orthodox Church was in 2007 and pointed to the reason of building the National Cathedral.

Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev will baptize every fifth child in Orthodox families

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, has responded positively to the idea of representatives of the clergy that he baptize newborns in large families.

During the annual diocesan assembly of the clergy of the Kiev Diocese, His Beatitude stated that he is willing to celebrate the Mystery of Baptism for every fifth child in large Orthodox families.

Archbishop Anastasios given Albanian citizenship after 25 years of ministry

In a letter delivered on Sunday, His Excellency Ilir Meta, President of the Republic of Albania, offered his heartfelt congratulations to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and all Albania who was granted Albanian citizenship by presidential decree no. 10700 on Friday, reports the site of the Albanian Orthodox Church.

Number of churches in Russia could double, hit pre-revolutionary number within 30 years

According to available statistics, an average of three churches a day are opened in the Russian Orthodox Church, and if construction continues at such a pace, the number of churches in Russia will double within 25-30 years, reaching pre-revolutionary levels, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, recently stated on the television program “The Church and the World,” reports RIA-Novosti.