Orthodox Churches

More than 70 Chulym Tatars receive holy Baptism

More than 70 people from the small indigenous Chulym population of Siberia have united themselves to Christ in His Church in holy Baptism in Krasnoyarsk Krai, reports the Diocese of Krasnoyarsk.

The mass Baptism came during a recent missionary trip to the villages of Chindat and Pasechnoe in the Tyukhtetsky District undertaken by Fr. Vitaly Adaemnkov, the rector of St. Nicholas Church in Bogotol and Holy Annunciation Church in the village of Tyukhtet.

Romania’s National Cathedral enters final stage of construction

The consecration ceremony of the century-long desired Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral is scheduled for the end of November to mark the 100th anniversary of Romania’s 1918 Great Union. We have looked into the next stages of construction that must be completed until the new Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest will be consecrated.

‘At present the works are at a very advanced stage of construction with the resistance structure of the Cathedral’s main body being 90% completed,’ engineer Vasile Cracaoanu reported. The patriarchal adviser at the Romanian Patriarchate’s Department of Church Monuments and Buildings said that the concrete frame structure of the main Dome also known as Christ the Pantocratoros or the Ruler of the Universe will reach its 106 m height at the end of July 2018.

Athonite monks celebrate Divine Liturgy in Antarctica for first time, erect memorial cross

Athonite monks celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the eastern side of the continent of Antarctica for the first time ever on January 30, reports The Union of Orthodox Journalists. Footage of the monks’ visit was shot, and a video has been posted on the YouTube channel of the Information Portal of Holy Mt. Athos.

Elder Nektarios (Vitalis), 89, reposes in the Lord

The Holy Metropolis of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki of the Orthodox Church in Greece has announced that Elder Nektarios (Vitalis), the spiritual father of the Holy Monastery of St. Athanasius in Kouvaras, has reposed in the Lord, reports vimaortodoxias.gr.

“Today, Thursday, February 3, 2018, at 5:30 AM, the versatile elder and spiritual father of our metropolis, Nektarios Vitalis, the elder of St. Athanasius Monastery in Kouvaras, drew his last breath,” the message reads.

Abp. Demetrios to be honored by Church of Cyprus for 50 years of episcopacy

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will travel to Cyprus tomorrow, where he will be honored for his 50 years of episcopal ministry.

The primate of the Greek Church in America was personally invited by His Eminence Archbishop Chrysostomos, the primate of the Church of Cyprus. He will arrive at Larnaca Airport tomorrow evening, accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Savvas of Pittsburgh, Deacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, and the President of the Federation of Cypriot Organizations of America. Kyriakos Papastylianos.

Moldovan Church dedicates 2018 to defender of Orthodoxy St. Stephen the Great

On February 2, the solemn opening of the Year of St. Stephen the Great, dedicated to the defender of Orthodoxy and right-believing 15th-century prince of Moldova, was held in the Moldovan capital of Chișinău. Metropolitan Vladimir of Chișinău and All Moldova took part in the event, celebrating a moleben before an icon of the saint. St. Stephen III the Great (1429-1504) was the prince and defender of the Orthodox faith and one of the most prominent rulers of the Moldavian Principality, ruling for 47 years. He was canonized by the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1992.

The First Meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia Centenary Working Group

In preparation for the commencement of the work of the Synodal Commission for the organization and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Church Abroad, Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America, Chair of the Commission, held a preliminary working meeting at the Synod of Bishops Building in New York on January 23, 2018. Present at the meeting were Archpriest Serafim Gan, Chancellor of the Synod of Bishops, Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur, Professor Nicholas Ganson and Archpriest Gregory Joyce, Secretary of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America.