Russian pilgrims feel at home in Israel - Patriarch Kirill

Over 400,000 pilgrims from Russia visited Israel over the past year, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Moscow.

"The fact that over a million people in Israel speak Russian creates a special atmosphere for our pilgrims, and they often feel at home in Israel," the patriarch said.

Georgian Oligarch May Try to Buy Jerusalem’s Jvari Monastery

An unnamed Georgian billionaire may try to buy the Jvari Monastery in Jerusalem for several million dollars, according to media outlet Business Press News.

A source close to the proposed offer would not go on record regarding the man’s identity, but also refused to deny that he may be billionaire oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s controversial former Prime Minister and founder of the country’s ruling Georgian Dream party.

Aesthetics on Christian Image, Stanford - Saratoga

Aesthetics on Christian Image, Stanford - Saratoga
Aesthetics on Christian Image, Stanford - Saratoga
Aesthetics on Christian Image, Stanford - Saratoga
Aesthetics on Christian Image, Stanford - Saratoga

Saturday, March 5th was a very special day at Stanford University and the entire San Francisco Bay Area.  With great organization of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Stanford, our Diocese, and with great help from His Grace Bishop Maxim and local Serbian Orthodox communities, we welcomed three well-known professors from different parts of the world – Very Rev. Archimandrite Dr. John Pantelimon Manoussakis, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Holy Cross Theological School, Dr. Cornelia Tsakiridou, professor of Philosophy at LaSalle University, and Dr. George Kordis, professor Emeritus of Iconography at University of Athens.  All three came to give us varying lectures on Christian Orthodox Icons, their beauty, meaning, and further future in the twenty first century.

Catechetical Homily from the Ecumenical Patriarch on the Occasion of Holy and Great Lent (2016)

Prot. No. 284 – March 2016

Catechetical Homlily on the Occasion of Holy and Great Lent (2016)

† B A R T H O L O M E W
BY THE MERCY OF GOD ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE,
NEW-ROME, AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH,
TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH,
GRACE AND PEACE
FROM OUR SAVIOR CHRIST,
TOGETHER WITH OUR PRAYER, BLESSING AND FORGIVENESS

Bulgaria's cabinet allocates more funding for restoration of 9th century Great Basilica in Early Medieval Capital Pliska

Bulgaria’s Cabinet has allocated a total of BGN 770,000 (app. EUR 335,000) to the Ministry of Culture for completing the archaeological restoration of the9th century Great Basilica in the capital of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/680-1018 AD) Pliska.