On August 17 at the Holy Dormition Kiev-Caves Lavra festivities were being held on the occasion of the third anniversary of enthronement of His Beatitude Onufry as Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.
The website Orthodox Christian Network has posted the audio recording of an interview with Fr. Panagiotis Hanley of the Holy Transfiguration Church in Charlottsville, Virginia (GOA) on the recent strife in Charlottesville.
This year’s procession was also dedicated to the memory of holy Hieromartyr Benjamin of Petrograd and Gdov and Archimandrite Sergius (Shein), and martyrs Yuri Novitsky and John Kovsharov, who were executed on the night of August 12-13, 1922. The procession likewise commemorated all the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia who suffered for the faith after 1917.
According to the conclusions drawn at a recent international meeting of the Council of Ex-Muslims of England held in London, the number of Muslims apostatizing from their faith and becoming atheists is growing on a massive scale in France, Great Britain, and other European countries.
The forum was held in the Novodevichy Convent, St. Petersburg. Participating in the forum where 5 bishops, 42 archimandrites and igumens, 45 abbesses, hieromonks, monks, and ryassaphore monks—160 monastics in total from 65 dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church.
On August 6, during the patronal feast of the Church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God in Jackson Point, Ontario, Canada, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the foundation stone of a future chapel in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs was blessed.
The 206th Extraordinary Double Sacred Synaxis of the Holy Mountain, consisting of twenty extraordinary and ordinary representatives of the Holy Community met on June 17/30 to analyze a text, a translation of which is available on the blog Mystagogy. It is known in the Church of Greece that the text was composed not at the session itself, but beforehand by Archimandrite Vasileios (Gondikakis), the former abbot of both Stavronikita and Iveron Monasteries, who is known to be close to the patriarchate in Constantinople. Although the text has been issued on behalf of the entire Sacred Community, it is also know that several of the Athonite monasteries disputed the document.
President of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadryov sent a letter to Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, which was followed later by a letter from First Deputy Chairman of the government of the Republic of Dagestan Anatoly Caribov.
On Sunday, August 6, in the village of Khopylevo in the Yaroslavl Province, the IV All-Russian Festival of Culture and Art in the name of the holy and righteous warrior St. Theodore Ushakov was held, highlighted by the consecration of a new monument to both St. Theodore and his spiritual father St. Theodore of Synaxar.