1,600 glasses and eye exam equipment donated to Orthodox clinic in Guatemalan village

The village of Aguacate, near the Mexico border in Guatemala, became home to first-ever Orthodox medical clinic in Guatemala, and possibly in all of Central America, in 2015. Most of the residents of the village joined the Orthodox Church in 2010, along with more than 100 other communities throughout the country.

Romanian Church opens addiction therapy center at monastery

The Romanian Orthodox Church opened and blessed a new addiction therapy center on Saturday, located at the Holy Annunciation Monastery in Tisa-Silvestri in northeast Romania.

The Life-Giving Spring center, intended for treatment of both alcohol and drug addictions, operates at the monastery as part of the Siloam Socio-Medical Association. The complex was blessed by His Eminence Archbishop Joachim of Bacău, reports the Basilica News Agency.

Bishop Alexander of Vevey delivers a lecture on the meaning of Great Lent at the Nicholas Association of Orthodox Students at Fribourg University

Members and friends of the Nicholas Association of Orthodox Students at Fribourg University in Switzerland welcomed the visit of His Grace Bishop Alexander of Vevey, Vicar of the Western European Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, who delivered a lecture on the importance of Great Lent. The talk was held on April 2, 2019, at an event called “Philokalia Evening,” and began with a prayer to St Nicholas at the student chapel in the Salezianum dormitory. Among the attendees were Profesttor Barbara Hallensleben, Director of the Center for Eastern Church Studies; Fr Guido Vergauwen, Rector Emeritus of Fribourg University; Priest Jean Ciurin, the Association’s Dean; Mr Gabriel Solomon, icon-painter from Romania; and Stefan Constantinescu, President of the Association, along with a multitude of university students of various confessions.

Romania establishes St. Sava Day as official holiday for Serbian minority in Romania

St. Sava, the Enlightener of Serbia and first Archbishop of the autocephalous Serbian Church, is the most beloved saint of the Serbian Orthodox faithful. He was declared the patron saint of schools and students by Prince Miloš Obrenović (1780-1860) and today many schools in Serbia and in the Serbian diaspora are named in his honor and his feast day is always festively celebrated.

International Meeting of Orthodox Youth 2019: Program

Over 2500 Orthodox young people from all across the world will gather this September in Romania’s southern city of Craiova for a four-day event aiming to foster the three cardinal Christian values of faith, hope and love.

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday evening, Sept. 5, at Mihai Viteazul Square, where the coming delegations will present themselves and speeches will be held.