In Kananga, the third largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, famine and poverty is part of the lives of the people. But hope never dies. The message that two Greek Orthodox priests carried along with them in the 60's and their way of life carries on to this day, helping the locals deal with the harsh reality. This feature documentary was filmed during a fragile window of temporary peace.
It is crystal clear that our society is infected with a shortage of love. I think that our contemporaries, choked up in the general atmosphere of enmity (because of the lack of love), above all expect love from the Church. That is why above all we should tell those on the outside that God is love.
The Ecumenical Patriarch's actions in Ukraine have prompted calls for a Synaxis. Patriarch Bartholomew's refusal to convene one has prompted some to suggest suspension, hopefully temporary, of communion with the CP, and an appeal to Alexandria, the next in line, to convene the meeting. There is hesitation, based on concern for unity. In response, many are beginning to ask…
In the Orthodox ascetic tradition, humility is seen as the mother of all virtues. While most of us struggle to even be able to define humility, let alone practice it, His Grace embodied it. As everyone who has ever encountered Bishop Athanasius can attest, His Grace always put others before himself, sometimes even to my chagrin.
We are talking with Archbishop Tikhon about the life of residents of Sakhalin Island and the Kuril Islands, whether Orthodox or non-religious; about the issues, challenges and joyful events of the diocese which has celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary this year; and the region’s spiritual make-up.