Orthodox Churches

Metropolitan Hilarion meets with Morocco’s Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), who is on a visit Morocco’s capital city of Rabat with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia with a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the round-table conference on Russian Orthodox Church and Compatriots: Experience of Cooperation in Africa and South-West Asia, met with the Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs of the Kingdom, Mr. Ahmad Taufiq on November 16, 2017.

DECR chairman attends meeting of Organizing Committee of Days of Russia in foreign countries

DECR chairman attends meeting of Organizing Committee of Days of Russia in foreign countries
DECR chairman attends meeting of Organizing Committee of Days of Russia in foreign countries
DECR chairman attends meeting of Organizing Committee of Days of Russia in foreign countries
DECR chairman attends meeting of Organizing Committee of Days of Russia in foreign countries

he Organizing Committee of the Days of Russia in foreign countries, which include religious activities, held a regular meeting at the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture. It was chaired by the committee cochairmen: Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR), and Ms. Manilova, deputy minister of culture.

Russia, Israel, Greece honor Orthodox monasteries with new stamps

Russia, Israel, Greece honor Orthodox monasteries with new stamps
Russia, Israel, Greece honor Orthodox monasteries with new stamps
Russia, Israel, Greece honor Orthodox monasteries with new stamps
Russia, Israel, Greece honor Orthodox monasteries with new stamps

A new stamp dedicated to the main cathedral of Gorny Convent in Jerusalem, dedicated to All Saint Who Have Shown Forth in the Russian Land, was released yesterday as a joint issue between the Russian Federation and the State of Israel, reports patriarchia.ru. Meanwhile, Greece has recently released a set of stamps featuring artistic renditions of scenes from Mt. Athos, reports the Orthodox Heritage of Ukraine on the Holy Mount Athos.

Total Orthodox Christians increasing, global share decreasing according to Pew Research study

While the total Orthodox Christian population throughout the world has more than doubled over the past century, now standing at 260 million, with more than 100 million in Russia alone, it has decreased as a share of the overall Christian and global populations, due to far faster growth among Protestants and Catholics, and the non-Christian. According to new data from the Pew Research Center, just 12% of worldwide Christians are Orthodox, compared to approximately 20% a century ago. 4% of the total population is Orthodox, compared with an estimated 7% in 1910.

First Divine Liturgy in sign language to be performed in Nicosia church

A Divine Liturgy is to be performed next week in sign language for the first time ever in Cyprus, aiming to include the deaf in the Holy Mysteries of the Greek Orthodox Church, Cyprus Mail reports.

A theologian will travel from Greece at the invitation of the Metropolis of Tamasos and Orinis to simultaneously interpret the liturgy into sign language for the deaf people who will attend. The service will take place on Sunday, November 19, at the church of St John Chrysostom in Lakatamia, in the Nicosia district.

Completion of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to Morocco

Completion of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to Morocco
Completion of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to Morocco
Completion of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to Morocco
Completion of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s visit to Morocco

The visit of His Most Holiness the Bartholomaios , the Ecumenical Patriarch to the city of in Marrakech in Morocco, which tookmplace from the 3rd – 5th November 2017, as part of the 10th international Meeting of the "World Policy Conference " organized by the French IFRIS Institute, has been completed.