The Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Georgia has recently decided to allocate 1 million lari ($370,000) to a comprehensive restoration project at the Nativity of the Savior Monastery in the village of Katskhi, 125 miles northwest of Tbilisi.
On 7th January 2017, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, performed the Inauguration and officiated at the Divine Liturgy, in the recently renovated historic Church of the Forerunner, within the once glorious "Kotsikeios” Hellenic Hospital in Alexandria, the largest in the Middle East.
Students of Theology from Bucharest celebrated Monday their protector saints, the Three Holy Hierarchs. His Grace Varlaam of Ploieşti, Assistant Bishop to the Patriarch, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Catherine chapel of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest.
The Netherland’s Hermitage Amsterdam museum will be running the exhibition “1917. Romanovs & Revolution. The End of Monarchy” from February 4 to 17, featuring a number of the last royal family’s personal items, and one of the murder weapons used to martyr Tsar Nicholas II and his family. This will be the only showing of the exhibition in Western Europe.
Ukrainian authorities have banned the screening of Russian films at international Orthodox film festival30. January 2017 - 15:52
the Ukrainian Authorities have banned the screening of Russian films in the annual international festival of documentary films “Chinoisserie on the Dnieper”.
“Yesterday we opened Kinabalu, but all movies Russia banned. Russian Directors we apologized, they had to return the tickets and cancel the arrival of the festival”, – told the correspondent of “Interfax-Religion” on Friday honoured cultural worker of Ukraine, artistic Director of the Orthodox culture Centre “Lestvitsa” Archpriest Igor Sobko, which is organizing this festival together with the diocese.
During its session held Thursday, 19 January 2017, the Standing National Church Council appointed Rev. Dr Michael Tița as Head of Protocol for the Patriarchal Administration. Patriarchal Adviser Michael Tița will be responsible for inter-Orthodox, inter-Christian and inter-religious relations, as well as for the relations of the Romanian Patriarchate with state institutions (Presidency, Parliament, Govern etc.) and foreign embassies accredited in Bucharest.