In 1984, he preached more than 50 times in Orthodox and Evangelical churches in Leningrad, Moscow, Tallinn, and Novosibirsk over the course of a 12-day trip. He returned to the Soviet Union four years later as an honorary guest of the Russian Orthodox Church for the millennial celebration of the Baptism of Rus’.
Two hierarchs of the Greek Orthodox Church have called for legal action against a currently running production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Athens, citing the constitutionally-guaranteed position of the Orthodox Church in Greece and the blasphemous depiction of Jesus Christ in the theatrical show.
Funds collected by the Dagestan Charitable Foundation and various other organizations, businesses, and residents of the republic have been transferred to the families of those injured and killed in Sunday’s shooting at St. George Cathedral in Kizlyar, that left five dead and four injured.
In the communiqué of the regular session of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, held from February 7 to 9, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has declared that it considers the actions of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church regarding the schismatic and unrecognized Macedonian Orthodox Church to be un-canonical.
The five women, Vera, Lyudmila, Nadezhda, Irina, and Vera, who were shot and killed outside of the Cathedral of St. George in the city of Kizlyar, in the Russian Dagestan Republic on Sunday will be buried on the territory of the church, the acting head of Dagestan Vladimir Vasiliev said at a meeting with Kizlyar city administration yesterday.
Among the victims were a well-known doctor and her sister who was a public figure who also helped a lot at the church, a former teacher who often organized pilgrimages, and a woman who would beg for alms at the church.
Bedridden in his later years, he courageously endured his illness, not seeking any support and comfort, but in the brief moments when his strength would return, he himself supported and comforted others.
Yesterday, on the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine celebrated the Divine Liturgy and consecration of the Church of the Great Martyr Demetrios of Thessalonica in the Zhuliany neighborhood of Kiev, the oldest surviving wooden church in Kiev.
The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church resolved in a working session on Thursday under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania to include the wonderworking Syriaca Icon of the Mother of God of Ghighiu Monastery and St. Matrona of Moscow into its official liturgical calendar.
According to the website of the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra, information on preparations for radical right-wing attacks of vandalism in the monastery’s holy caves has spread recently in social networks. The monastery has therefore asked for prayers for protection against the provocations that are planned for today.
Previously unknown letters of the Kievan Hieromartyr Vladimir (Bogoyavlensky) to Mt. Athos were presented at the Kiev Caves Lavra during a recent event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the martyric death of the holy hierarch.
Tomorrow, on the great feast of the Meeting of the Lord and International Childhood Cancer Day, churches of the Central Vicariate of Kiev and other churches will hold a one-day charity event called “The Meeting Candle,” to raise funds for the treatment of children with cancer.