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.

The President of the Cyprus House of Representatives visits the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The President of the Cyprus House of Representatives visits the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The President of the Cyprus House of Representatives visits the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The President of the Cyprus House of Representatives visits the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The President of the Cyprus House of Representatives visits the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Thursday, the 26th of February/10th of March 2016, the President of the Cyprus House of Representatives, Mr Yiannakis Omirou, visited the Patriarchate. He was accompanied by associates of his, namely the General Director of the House, Ms Vasiliki Anastasiadou, the Director of the President’s Office, Mr Antonios Koutalianos, the House’s Director of International Relations, Ms Evi Hadjiyanni, the Consul of Cyprus to Tel Aviv, Mr Michalis Fyrillas, International Relations Officer, Ms Sophie Tsouris, as well as the Ambassador of Cyprus to Israel, Ms Thessalia Shambou, and Ms Louisa Varaklas.