Church Leaders gather at Lambeth to pray for the Middle East

On 3 September, following the initiative of His Grace Bishop Angaelos, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury invited leaders and representatives of the Middle East Churches in the UK to gather “in Solidarity with Christians in the Middle East: Rejoicing in their Faith and Sharing in their Collective Pain”at Lambeth Palace on 3 September.

Utah Greek congregation forms its own parish

One way to stop being in a house divided is to leave, and that’s what nearly 200 Greek Orthodox residents did Saturday in creating their own parish.

Formal approval of their action in the Hillcrest Junior High School auditorium came from Rev. Luke Uhl, for the last 21 years the chancellor to Metropolitan Isaiah, the Denver-based prelate whose region includes fractious Utah.

Syrian Orthodox village under threat of destruction

The “Jabhat al-Nusra” extremist terrorist group has already for a month been besieging the Syrian village of Muhradah also known as Mhardeh, 25 kilometres from the city of Hamah—the majority of its population being Orthodox Christian, report the news agencies.

The Christian village in central Syria, surrounded by takfirist militants on three sides, has been living under threat of physical destruction for a month now. The village was deprived of electricity by the extremists as early as July 24 when an “al-Nusra” shell hit the local thermal power-station. 43 people, including women and children, fell victim to the subsequent shellings. Should there be another siege, the village is threatened with a local humanitarian catastrophe, experts are convinced.

One fourth of Latvian residents consider themselves Orthodox

According to the results of a poll conducted by the Research Center for Study of Public Opinion (SKDS), every fourth Latvian resident considers him or herself Orthodox (25.6%), reports Blagovest.info. In addition, the survey shows that another 22.6% consider themselves Catholics, 18.4% - Lutherans, 3.3% - Old Believers, 0.9% - Baptists, 0.3% - Seventh-Day Adventists, 0.1% - Jews.

Postage stamp for 100th Anniversary of Patriarch Pavle to be issued in Serbia

A postage stamp in honor of the 100th anniversary since Serbian Patriarch Pavle’s birth will be issued in Serbia, reports the Serbian Patriarchate’s official website.

The decision to issue the anniversary stamp was made by the Serbian Government on July 25 this year. The stamp in honour of Patriarch Pavle will be issued and put into circulation on September 11, 2014 (his birthday) together with a matching envelope.

The launch of this stamp will take place in October this year at the Post, Telephone and Telegraph Museum in Belgrade.