Once again, the United States and its policies are creating chaos, setting up the murder of innocent people, and disrupting an ancient institution. Only this time, it is direct interference in the affairs not just of a nation state, Ukraine, but of a religious institution, the Orthodox Church. And the effect of this is not just on a local, but worldwide level.
A huge cement Christian cross, which was built on the rocky shore of Apelli, under the castle of Mytilene in Lesvos, in honour of the people that have died swimming there has been pulled down as a co-existence group based on the island claimed it was offensive to migrants who are not Christian.
One of the most contentious and significant controversies in the world today is also one of the least-well understood. In part, this is because it involves matters of faith and church governance, the importance of which many people, especially some of a secular mind who scorn mere “religion,” tend to underestimate.
The Metropolitan Synod of Bessarabia will submit to the Chancery of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church the necessary documentation required by the procedure for studying and analysing the canonization proposals of the dioceses of the Romanian Patriarchate.
During his five day visit, Jackson spent most of his time at the Vatopedi Monastery in the Monks Republic Mount Athos to honour the Dormition of the Virgin Mary but also visited the Xenophontos and Simonopetra Monasteries.
For days now, he has been referred to as an enemy of the state, as anti-Serbian, from much of the Belgrade media and from the highest representatives of Srpska Lista (the Serbian List) – the largest political party of Kosovo Serbs – just like in the years leading up to the war in Kosovo and the bombing of Yugoslavia when Milošević and his party had the same words for Fr. Sava.
Mother Christophora and the Sisterhood of the Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA, welcomed hundreds of hierarchs, clergy and faithful from across the United States and Canada to their annual pilgrimage on August 4-6, 2018.
On July 1998, a significant event for our Church took place which was the re-gathering of the Holy Synod after the long atheistic darkness. The enthronement of His Eminence Ignat, the ordination and enthronement of His Eminence Joan as well as the ordination of Bishop Kozma completed the whole process of the canonical revival of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania which started on 24 June 1992
Our present requires, no, demands, that our two Churches, unlike other Orthodox Churches, focus not on the past but the future. In America, as in Finland, we are required to evangelize if we are to survive. Or to use Tertullian’s imagery again, our two Churches do not have the luxury of living in either Athens or Jerusalem.
All of us in Kosovo and Metohija remain concerned by the growing criminalization of the political life, which is dominated by tribal clans behind the names of political parties and where interests of individuals are placed above the interest of citizens.