Orthodox Churches

The Western American Diocese Will Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Repose of Saint John the Wonderworker

“Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants” (Leviticus 25:10).

The Western American Diocese is announces the 50th Anniversary from the repose of our Father among the Saints JOHN Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker from June 30 to July 2, 2016.

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion is scheduled to preside over the solemn Divine Services in honor of Saint John’s memory, accompanied by the members of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, other hierarchs and local and guest clergy.

A Growing Missionary Family: The Patitsas Family, OCMC’s Newest Missionaries to New Zealand

Please pray for OCMC’s newest missionaries Fr. Paul and Pres. Katerina Patitsas who are currently serving at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Auckland, New Zealand. Through your support that can further answer their call to share the Faith with the people of New Zealand and throughout the islands of Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa!

Metropolitan Amfilohije attended enthronements in Fier and Elbasan (Albania)

Metropolitan Amfilohije attended enthronements in Fier and Elbasan (Albania)
Metropolitan Amfilohije attended enthronements in Fier and Elbasan (Albania)
Metropolitan Amfilohije attended enthronements in Fier and Elbasan (Albania)
Metropolitan Amfilohije attended enthronements in Fier and Elbasan (Albania)

Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral attended the enthronement of Metropolitan Nicholas of Apollonia and Fier at the Cathedral of Saint George in Fier, Albania, on 16 April 2016 as well as the enthronement of the new Metropolitan in Elbasan, Anthony.

Metropolitan Nicholas has been a Vicar Bishop of Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, who performed the rite of enthronement with the concelebration of the members of the Synod of the Orthodox Church in Albania.

The President of Israel receives the Heads of Jerusalem Churches

On Wednesday, the 31st of March/13th of April 2016, the President of Israel, Mr Reuven Rivlin, met with the Heads of Jerusalem Churches as representatives of Christians within the State of Israel.

At the meeting, that took place at the Presidential Palace, an interesting discussion took place between the Heads of Churches and President Rivlin on incidents of fanatic violence committed by extreme religious and political individuals and groups, both locally and internationally, an on ways of combatting them.

Joint Declaration by Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece

We, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, have met on the Greek island of Lesvos to demonstrate our profound concern for the tragic situation of the numerous refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who have come to Europe fleeing from situations of conflict and, in many cases, daily threats to their survival. World opinion cannot ignore the colossal humanitarian crisis created by the spread of violence and armed conflict, the persecution and displacement of religious and ethnic minorities, and the uprooting of families from their homes, in violation of their human dignity and their fundamental human rights and freedoms.

The tragedy of forced migration and displacement affects millions, and is fundamentally a crisis of humanity, calling for a response of solidarity, compassion, generosity and an immediate practical commitment of resources.  From Lesvos, we appeal to the international community to respond with courage in facing this massive humanitarian crisis and its underlying causes, through diplomatic, political and charitable initiatives, and through cooperative efforts, both in the Middle East and in Europe.

Church-state delegation visits Syria

Church-state delegation visits Syria
Church-state delegation visits Syria
Church-state delegation visits Syria
Church-state delegation visits Syria

A delegation of Russian parliamentarians, members of the inter-factional group for defending Christian values, was on a visit to Syria from April 9 to 12, 2016. It included S. Gavrilov (State Duma), A. Yuschenko (Council of the Federation and State Duma), D. Sablin (Council of the Federation), and Ms. N. Kuskova and Ms. Ye. Averkova, members of the Committee for Solidarity with the Peoples of Syria and Iraq. With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), the delegation was joined by Hegumen Arseny (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Hieromonk Stephan (Igumnov), DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations.