Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates first saints canonisation in 47 years

Bulgaria's Christian Orthodox Church celebrated on Sunday canonisation its first saints in 47 years. Hundreds of worshippers packed the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia for the canonisation of the victims of the bloody crushing of an 1876 uprising against Bulgaria's Ottoman rule.

Special Session of the Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Canada

A special session of the Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Canada was held at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto 17 March 2011.

Information on Orthodox Church in Japan

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President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity visits the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius

On 15 March 2011, Kurt Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, currently on his first official visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, visited the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St, Sergius and the Moscow Theological Academy. His Eminence was accompanied by Rev. Milan Zust, a staff member of the PCPCU, and deacon Alexy Dikarev, a staff member of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations.

Patriarch Kirill meets with president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on 16 March 2011 at his working residence in Chisty Pereulok.

They discussed major areas of cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, especially the issues considered by the two Churches' Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue. Since its establishment in 1979 this commission has become the main platform for Orthodox-Catholic dialogue because, among other things, its work involves representatives of all the Local Orthodox Churches. The commission agreed on several documents concerning the teaching on the Sacraments and sacramental nature of the Church.