Byzantine-Era Mosaic to be Displayed in Southern Israel

A recently discovered rare Byzantine-era mosaic will be publicly displayed for the first time at a festival in southern Israel.

The 1,500-year-old mosaic was discovered during an archaeological excavation in Kiryat Gat two years ago and will be permanently displayed in the southern Israeli town starting Thursday, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced in a news release.

Archaeologists Find New Fragments of Bulgaria's Oldest Icon: 10th Century AD Ceramic Icon of St. Theodore Stratilates From Veliki Preslav

 Archaeologists Find New Fragments of Bulgaria's Oldest Icon: 10th Century AD Ceramic Icon of St. Theodore Stratilates From Veliki Preslav
 Archaeologists Find New Fragments of Bulgaria's Oldest Icon: 10th Century AD Ceramic Icon of St. Theodore Stratilates From Veliki Preslav
 Archaeologists Find New Fragments of Bulgaria's Oldest Icon: 10th Century AD Ceramic Icon of St. Theodore Stratilates From Veliki Preslav
 Archaeologists Find New Fragments of Bulgaria's Oldest Icon: 10th Century AD Ceramic Icon of St. Theodore Stratilates From Veliki Preslav

New fragments have been discovered from the earliest known Bulgarian-made icon – a ceramic icon of St. Theodore Stratilates dating back to the 10th century AD, the height of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/680-1018 AD) – and the icon itself has been restored for the first time since its discovery in the early 20th century.

The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Sunday, the 14th/27th of September 2015, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of the glorious Elevation of the Holy Cross.

The feast commemorates the elevation, in the year 326 AD – upon the ceremony of the Inauguration of the Church of the Resurrection – of the Lord’s Cross, found by Archbishop Makarios of the Church of Jerusalem and Empress Helen. On that day, the crowd that gathered to see the elevated cross had exclaimed “Kyrie eleison” [Lord have mercy] several times.

Russian Military Participation in Syria Should Bring Peace to Region - Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed hope that Russia's participation in the Syrian conflict will bring peace to the region.

"The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision to use armed forces to defend the people of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists. We believe this decision will bring peace and justice closer to this ancient land," the patriarch said in a statement quoted by the press service for the Synodal Information Department on Wednesday.

The Patriarch of Alexandria in Armenia

The Patriarch of Alexandria in Armenia
The Patriarch of Alexandria in Armenia
The Patriarch of Alexandria in Armenia
The Patriarch of Alexandria in Armenia

His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by the Reverend Protopresbyter Athinodoros Papaevripiades, Exarch of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in Cyprus, went to Erevan in Armenia from 25th to the 30th September 2015, by invitation of His Beatitude the High Catholikos Patriarch of all Armenians, Karekin II, to attend the events marking the 100th anniversary of the Genocide of the Armenians.