Patriarch Kirill flies to Russia’s northernmost city

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has arrived in Russia’s northernmost city of Pevek. The visit of the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Chukotka autonomous region began on Tuesday with this Arctic port city located on the shores of the Chaun Bay in the East Siberian Sea.

During his visit to Chukotka the patriarch will lay the foundation stones of two new churches in permafrost - in Pevek and near the Ugolny airport servicing Anadyr, the administrative center of the Chukotka autonomous region, and meet with local reindeer breeders.

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople calls everyone “to mobilize forces and to pray in the fight to protect the environment “

Dear friends, today the Patriarch of Constantinople wrote of the need to sensitize all people of the urgent ecological problems facing our planet today, including the adverse consequences produced by companies, “which can be, and are proving very dangerous and catastrophic for creation and life of living beings on earth.”  We are facing the “threat or even the destruction of ‘ natural environment”.

He went on:

"It requires constant vigilance, training and education so that it is clear the relationship of the current ecological crisis with human passions of greed, greed, selfishness, rapacious greed, the result of which is the result passions is the environmental crisis we live. Therefore constitutes only way, the return to the ancient beauty of order and economy, moderation and asceticism, which can lead to the wise management of the natural environment. Especially, the greed with the satisfaction of material needs, leads with certainty to the spiritual poverty of man, which calls for the destruction of the natural environment: “The roots of the ecological crisis are spiritual and ethical, inherent in everyone’s heart man”, he said the quoted Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, by contacting the present world,” the desire of rising prosperity and unbridled consumerism lead inevitably disproportionate use and depletion of natural resources “(cfr. decision on text “the mission of the Church”).

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Serbian Patriarch

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Serbian Patriarch
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Serbian Patriarch
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Serbian Patriarch
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk visits Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received in audience His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 30 August 2016.

The audience was attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Their Graces Bishop Irinej of Backa, Justin of Zica and Fotije of Dalmatia, as well as by members deputies His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren.

1070th anniversary of the repose of Ven. John of the Rila

1070th anniversary of the repose of Ven. John of the Rila
1070th anniversary of the repose of Ven. John of the Rila
1070th anniversary of the repose of Ven. John of the Rila
1070th anniversary of the repose of Ven. John of the Rila

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marked with solemn liturgical services the anniversary of the repose of Ven. John of the Rila  in the Monastery of the Rila on the 17-18th of August, 2016.

On the 17th of August a vigil service was celebrated with the attendance of a huge number of faithful, and on the very fest-day, of the 18th of August, His Holiness Patriarch of Bulgaria officiated the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of high representatives of local Orthodox Church, Hierarchs of the Patriarchates of Alexandria, Jerusalem, Moscow, Serbia and the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Patriarch of Antioch paying an irenic visit to the Polish Orthodox Church

Patriarch of Antioch paying an irenic visit to the Polish Orthodox Church
Patriarch of Antioch paying an irenic visit to the Polish Orthodox Church
Patriarch of Antioch paying an irenic visit to the Polish Orthodox Church
Patriarch of Antioch paying an irenic visit to the Polish Orthodox Church

At the invitation of the Primate of the Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church Sawa, His Beatitude Patriarch of Antioch and All Orient John X has started his irenic visit to this country. His Beatitude arrived to Warsaw on the 16th of August and is going to stay with this sister Church until the 22nd of August.

The high dignitary, with two Hierarchs accompanying him, was welcomed at the airport by Metropolitan Sawa and his hierarchs. Thereupon they attended a doxology rite in the Cathedral of St. Mary the Magdalene, where the Patriarch of Antioch was warmly greeted by the Primate of the Polish Church. In his response His Beatitude John X pointed out that he was grateful for every word of love and welcome, and especially for the noble sympathies towards the brothers and sisters of the Holy Church of Antioch.