First Orthodox church in northern Congo opened

On Sunday, February 5 His Grace Bp. Panteleimon of Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon celebrated the consecration of the newly-built Church of St. John the Baptist-St. Nicholas in Impfondo, a town in the north eastern Republic of the Congo with a population of around 20,000. The church is the first in northern Congo, reports Romfea.

Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum displays only lifetime portrait of St. Xenia

Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum displays only lifetime portrait of St. Xenia
Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum displays only lifetime portrait of St. Xenia
Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum displays only lifetime portrait of St. Xenia
Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum displays only lifetime portrait of St. Xenia

An oil portrait of Blessed Xenia of St. Petersburg has been found among the collections of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, which researchers believe to be the only lifetime image of the city’s patron saint. The work has been restored and exhibited in the “Ancient Village” section of the museum, reports Izvestia.

Bishop Irinej of Eastern America visits Saint Vladimir’s Seminary

Bishop Irinej of Eastern America visits Saint Vladimir’s Seminary
Bishop Irinej of Eastern America visits Saint Vladimir’s Seminary
Bishop Irinej of Eastern America visits Saint Vladimir’s Seminary
Bishop Irinej of Eastern America visits Saint Vladimir’s Seminary

On Monday, January 30, 2017—the Feast of the Three Hierarchs—His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon and His Grace, Bishop Irinej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary’s Three Hierarchs Chapel.

Metropolitan Tikhon, who serves as Chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees, warmly welcomed Bishop Irinej to his “alma mater” for the first time since his appointment to the Eastern Diocese.  For several years, he had served in Australia.

Russian church on Cyprus to open in March

A majestic new church has been appearing over the past few months in the courtyard of the Metropolis of Tamasos and Orinis in the Nicosia district of Cyprus. The church, under the patronage of St. Andrew and All Russian Saints, being built in a Russian style, is unparalleled on the island. The church is due to be consecrated and opened in March this year, reports the site of the Church of Cyprus.

Ruins of Georgian church discovered on Cyprus

Archaeological expeditions in search of ancient Georgian monasteries and churches on the island of Cyprus, known from ancient sources, have been underway since 2015. In December scientists reported a new discovery.

According to Blagovest, Georgian researchers recently found the small ruin of a wall near the village of Alaminos, west of the city of Larnaca. The area is surrounded by hills, with a flat field currently used for farming. The archaeologists believe the find bears witness to the existence of an ancient church, and that the discovered wall is in fact a part of it.