Orthodox Churches

Illustrated book of Prophet Jonah published in Siberian Chukchi language

The Institute for Bible Translation (IBT) is continuing its blessed work of translating the Holy Scriptures into the languages of the indigenous peoples of Northern and Far Eastern Russia. Following on the heels of the translation of the Gospel of Luke into the Chukchi language, released in late March, the IBT has released an illustrated translation of the book of the Prophet Jonah into the same language, the Institute’s website reports.

Chukchi is a language spoken by the Chukchi people in the easternmost edge of Siberia, mainly in the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. As of 2002, about 7,700 of the 15,700 Chukchi people speak Chukchi, and knowledge of the language is decreasing.

Patriarch Kirill to pay first visit to Albania in late April

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will make an official visit to Albania for the first time in late April, and will hold a joint service with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës, and All Albania, patriarchal press service Fr. Alexander Volkov told RIA-Novosti today. The two primates have known one another for more than 50 years and have kept up their friendship throughout the years. The Russian primate will also meet with Albanian President Ilir Meta. Pat. Kirill announced the upcoming visit to Albania today at the annual Paschal reception at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The trip is currently scheduled for April 28 to 30.

Mass baptism celebrated in Congo River

Mass baptism celebrated in Congo River
Mass baptism celebrated in Congo River
Mass baptism celebrated in Congo River
Mass baptism celebrated in Congo River

Several Congolese catechumens were recently received into the holy Orthodox Church in a mass Baptism ceremony on the banks of the Congo River. The holy Sacrament was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Brazzaville and Gabon of the Alexandrian Orthodox Church on Saturday on the border between the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports Romfea.

Met. Onuphry visits, greets orphans with Paschal joy

Met. Onuphry visits, greets orphans with Paschal joy
Met. Onuphry visits, greets orphans with Paschal joy
Met. Onuphry visits, greets orphans with Paschal joy
Met. Onuphry visits, greets orphans with Paschal joy

Following the Sunday Divine Liturgy at the Holy Ascension Banchensky Monastery yesterday, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine visited the children’s treatment-rehabilitation center “Faith, Hope, and Love,” to greet the orphans cared for by the monastery with the Paschal joy of the Risen Lord, reports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Telephone Conversation between the President of the Russian Federation and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

On the evening of Holy Tuesday, April 3, 2018, His Excellency Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, who is currently visiting Ankara, spoke over the telephone with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and expressed his gratitude for the congratulatory wishes he received on the occasion of his reelection as President of the Russian Federation.

Thousands attend Paschal midnight service in Bucharest: ‘This feast gives a meaning to the whole existence’

Thousands attend Paschal midnight service in Bucharest: ‘This feast gives a meaning to the whole existence’
Thousands attend Paschal midnight service in Bucharest: ‘This feast gives a meaning to the whole existence’
Thousands attend Paschal midnight service in Bucharest: ‘This feast gives a meaning to the whole existence’
Thousands attend Paschal midnight service in Bucharest: ‘This feast gives a meaning to the whole existence’

Thousands attended the Paschal midnight service officiated by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel Saturday night in Bucharest.

Concelebrants for the service were His Grace Varlaam of Ploiesti, assistant bishop to the patriarch, and His Grace Timotei of Prahova, assistant bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest.

Monument to Protection of Mother of God consecrated in Ukrainian Cossack city on Annunciation

A monument to the Holy Protection of the Mother of God was consecrated on the feast of Annunciation in the city of Krivoy Rog, 250 miles southwest of Kiev. The monument is especially appropriate given that the Theotokos is the patroness of the Cossacks, whose traditions permeate the region.

The 13-ft. sculpture of the Mother of God is made of bronze and mounted on a 13-ft. pedestal, reports First City.