Unlikely protector: Turkish shepherd guards historic Pontian Greek church

A 60-year-old Turkish shepherd is an unlikely guardian of a Greek Orthodox Church in northern Turkey, protecting the historic structure from would-be treasure hunters and looters.

Church Slava in San Marcos, CA

Church Slava in San Marcos, CA
Church Slava in San Marcos, CA
Church Slava in San Marcos, CA
Church Slava in San Marcos, CA

His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese made a canonical visit to the faithful of St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in San Marcos, California on Sunday, October 23, 2016 the 18th Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council.

It was on this Sunday that the parishioners of St. Petka festively celebrated their Church Slava. Concelebrating with His Grace at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were Protopresbyter Stavrophor Milan Vukovic, retired priest from the San Marcos parish and Protopresbyter Milovan Katanic, parish priest. Also serving were Deacon Vladan Radovanovic, the diocesan deacon and Deacon David-John Williams from the neighboring Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos parish in Orange County. Following the Slava Litiya His Grace blessed the Slava kolach and koljivo with this year's kumovi Momcilo and Emilija Curcic. A festive Slava banquet followed in the church hall.

Medieval cathedral discovered in Crimea

Staff members of the Crimean Archeology Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences have discovered a medieval cathedral not far from Sudak.

"Scientists of the Russian Geographic Society held geoscanning and it cleared out that the building stands on the foundation of an older building and several buildings nearby were covered by soil. Perhaps, there are monastic cells underground. It is clear that an entire monastic complex functioned there ten centuries ago. It is quite possible that it is an ancient monastery of St. John Chrysostom!" head of the Crimean State Council Committee for Building and Public Utilities Leonid Babashov was quoted as saying by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta website.

Greek, Turkish Cypriots open restored monastery as leaders meet in Switzerland

Cypriot Greek and Turkish communities on Monday opened the newly restored Apostolos Andreas monastery – a jointly funded project – as the island’s two leaders met in Switzerland for talks on a conflict that has defied mediation for decades.

10th anniversary of ministry and the name-day of Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostom

On Sunday, 13 November 2016, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus celebrateд the 10th anniversary of his fruitful archpastoral ministry and the name-day.

On the eve of the feast-day of Saint John Chrysostom, on 12 November 2016, a festal Vesper service was celebrated in the church of St. Sophia in Strovolos in the prayerful presence of Archbishop Chrysostom of Cyprus and New Justiniana and His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, who was paying an official visit to the Church of Cyprus.