Ukrainian Council of Churches rejects unchristian gender terminology

A meeting of members of the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman was held yesterday, in which a number of issues in the Church-state sphere were discussed, including the possibility of introducing foreign gender terminology into the Ukrainian legal field, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Zababde of Samaria

Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Zababde of Samaria
Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Zababde of Samaria
Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Zababde of Samaria
Patriarch of Jerusalem celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Zababde of Samaria

On Sunday, 19th June/2nd July 2017, the day of the memory of St. Jude the Apostle, brother of the Lord and memory of our Father among the Saints Paissious, H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos led the Divine Liturgy at the old Holy Church of St. George in the town Zababde, in Samaria district past Jacob’s well.

Lukashenko allocates funds for restoration of two 12th century churches

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus signed decree No. 109 yesterday, approving the decision of the council of the Foundation of the President of Belarus for the Support of Culture and Art, allocating $188,355 (369,834 rubles) for financing creative projects, reports the official site of the president of Belarus.

Specifically, the money will be directed towards restoration and major repairs for the 12th-century Sts. Boris and Gleb Church (the Kalozha Church) in Grodno, and the preservation of the 14th-century Princely Towers of the Kreva Castle in Kreva, Belarus. Funds will also be allocated to the Polotsk National Histoircal-Cultural Museum-Reserve for restoring the chipping 18th-19th-century paintings of the 12th century Transfiguration Church.

Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios

Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios

The feast of St. John Maximovitch was festively celebrated on July 1 and 2 at the Holy Monastery of Sts. Nektarios and Fanourios in Trikorfo, Fokidos, Greece, with the participation of Metropolitan Polycarpos of Spain and Portugal, reports ortodoxia.info.

Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary

Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary
Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary
Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary
Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary

On June 27, His Grace Tikhon met with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Vice-Premier Semjén Zsolt. They discussed the development of cooperation between the state and the Diocese of Budapest and Hungary in the task of preserving and developing Christian values in society. They also dealt with the organization of a visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to Hungary. Special attention was given to the work to restore Orthodox churches carried out thanks to a monetary subsidy granted by the Hungarian Government. The respective agreements were signed in March 2017.