Patriarch John of Antioch: Churches are restored in Syria despite the war

In an interview with Russia’s international news agency RIA, His Beatitude John, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, speaks about the current situation in Syria and the restoration of the country’s places of worship.

He points out that both the terrorist acts and the war in Syria have no ties to “any particular religion or people.” In Syria “both churches and mosques are destroyed. Both Christians and Muslims die.”

5 Tatarstan inmates baptized in font built by fellow prisoners

The Sacrament of holy Baptism was celebrated recently in the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, located on the territory of the Federal State Institution Penal Colony #5 of the Federal Penitential Service of the Republic of Tatarstan in the village of Nizhniye Vyazovye. Following another catechetical discussion, five new prisoners expressed their desire to accept holy Baptism into the Orthodox Church, reports “Orthodoxy in Tatarstan,” the information-education site of the Tatarstan Diocese.

Archbishop Demetrios of America honored in Cyprus

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America was ceremoniously awarded the Gold Medal of the Apostle Barnabas by the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus at the Church of Agia Sophia in Strovolos yesterday, reports the site of the Church of Cyprus.

Russian Orthodox bishop attends meeting of the Lord Mayor of London with representatives of religious communities

On February 8, 2018, Bishop Matthew of Sourozh attended reception for archbishops and bishops of London given by the Lord Mayor of London Charles Bowman at Mansion House, his official residence.

Administrator of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany meets with Ambassador of Russia to Germany

On February 9, 2018, Archbishop Tikhon of Podolsk, administrator of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany, met with H.E. Sergei Nechayev, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Federal Republic of Germany.

They were joined at the meeting, which took place at the Russian Embassy in Berlin, by Archpriest Mikhail Divakov, secretary of the diocese, and Rev. Yevgeny Murzin of the diocesan information department.