For several years now the new statutes of our parishes, dioceses, monasteries and educational institutions haven’t been registered. New parishes, monasteries and convents are being set up in the country, but no one is registering them—they are outside the legal framework.
Despite the change of government in Ukraine in the spring of 2019, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (the UOC-MP) continues to feel pressure from the central authorities, and remains a target of propaganda attacks.
As many Swedes say, they have no choice because Orthodoxy is the only truth. True, everyone has their own path. But if a Swede becomes really interested in his faith and tradition, having failed to find Christ in his Lutheran tradition, then he begins to dig deep in history.
“Over the past three years I have baptized 500 people, and about seventy-five percent were Muslims. They sincerely love Christianity despite the attempts by nationalists to create a negative image of the Church.“
Fr. Gregory had previously served as an Anglican priest, but in 1992 he became disappointed in Anglicanism and embraced Orthodoxy. Three years later he was ordained and since then has served at a parish of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch in Manchester—one of the largest English cities—for over twenty years.
The purpose of our life is to know God. Athonite monks come to know God through silence and hesychia, through the Jesus Prayer. The world has its own ways—through communication with one other, including in our families, and through struggling with our “selves” and egotism. But if you’re only seeking your personal happiness, even if in God, then you are wrong.
Some Orthodox people travel to Milan to meet and talk with a man of lofty faith and sincere Christian convictions, living in our own day. Archimandrite Dimitri (Fantini)—a native Italian. Batiushka’s fate and his road to Orthodoxy are one of the multitude of miracles with which God glorifies His Church.