Leadership of Assembly of Bishops Appeals for Equitable Treatment of Religion in Reopening of States

Today, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America met via video conference and determined that a direct appeal to several Governors be made to insist on the equitable treatment of religion in the reopening of certain States.

Desecration of Orthodox church in Pontus

A Greek Orthodox church has been at the mercy of sacrilegious people in the village of Hasera (Yesildere), in the Argyroupolis area of ​​Pontus. The case was brought to light by the pro-Kurdish HDP MP of Armenian descent, Garo Paylan, who also asked a question to Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy.

The Australian government is putting an end to Christian calendar

The Australian government is planning to eliminate the Christian dating based on the birth of Jesus Christ from every history textbook, following allegations that freedom of religion is being violated.

Specifically, the country’s Ministry of Education will replace from the textbooks the terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini) with the notation systems CE (Common Era) and BCE (Before Common Era).

Dedication feast of St. Nicholas church in Zemun

On the feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas of Myra, on May 22, 2020, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej presided over the Holy Archhierarchal Liturgy in St. Nicholas Church (18th C.) in Zemun, Belgrade.

The Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by abbot of the Tuman monastery, Archimandrite Dimitrije; archpriest staurophor Djordje Knezevic, hieromonk Petar of Tuman, priests Vukasin Teofilovic, Andjelko Doder and Ivan Faranov, as well as  archdeacon Stevan Rapajic and deacon Hadzi Dragan S. Tanasijevic.

Feast of Saints Constantine and Helen at Halki seminary

The feast of Saints Constantine and Helen is of special importance for the Halki seminary. On this day, Metropolitan Konstantinos of Stavroupolis celebrated his name day, who was the first Dean and Professor of Philosophy at the seminary.