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Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists by Olga Tsviliy Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew rejected the proposal of the Primate of the Antioch Orthodox Church to hold a pan-Orthodox discussion of the religious situation in Ukraine. In a letter to the Primate of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, Patriarch John X, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople declared that “he has good reasons” to refrain from a general Orthodox meeting on the Ukrainian church issue, reports the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church. Patriarch Bartholomew called the discussion of the religious situation in Ukraine “useless” and reminded the Primate of the Antiochian Church…

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists by Tatyana Chaika Serbian Church published an official statement on the situation in Ukraine The official statement emphasizes that the only Church that the Serbian Patriarchate recognizes in Ukraine is the canonical UOC. The full translation of the document, published by the Press and Mass Media Bureau of the Serbian Orthodox Church, is available on the DECR website of the Russian Orthodox Church. The text of the document below is given in full. As far back as in November last year, the Serbian Orthodox Church was the first among the autocephalous Orthodox Churches to react officially, at the highest…

Source: Basilica On Thursday, 21 February 2019, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church held its working session at the Synodal Hall of the Patriarchal Residence, under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, during which the following decisions were made: The Holy Synod appreciated the manifold and rich activities carried out in the Romanian Patriarchate marking the 1918 Great Union Centennial, culminating with the consecration of the Holy Altar of the National Cathedral on 25 November 2018. At the same time, the numerous social-philanthropic activities, summing up to over 114 million RON (approx. 24 million euros) were highlighted.…

Source: Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) Interview with OCL Executive Director George Matsoukas about his impressions of the recent International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) Conference held in Iasi, Romania Program 193 | February 3, 2019 Impressions of the Recent International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) Conference, OCL Executive Director George Matsoukas; FOCUS Detroit’s Winning of the Detroit News Cheer for Charity Competition, FOCUS Detroit Director Eric Shanburn

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The following video is from OCL’s 31st Annual Conference held on October 20, 2018, at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral Cultural Center, Cleveland, Ohio, highlighting Pan-Orthodoxy in Cleveland. We thank Andrew & Katherine Kartalis, OCL board member participants who organized the event on the local level, and Fr. Remus & Preoteasa Elena Grama and St. Mary’s Cathedral for hosting this important event, witnessing to the powerful impact a united Orthodox Christian witness can make in a local community.  Click above or view the video here. Full videos of each speaker at the Conference are available on…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association Dear IOTA Conference Attendees, We hope that you have returned home safely. The video-recordings of select conference events are being uploaded on IOTA’s YouTube channel here. Metropolitan Kallistos’ Keynote Address has been watched over 2,000 times. Many conference presentations will be published as podcasts in due course. For regular updates, visit IOTA’s website here. Conference Proceedings will include a small number of the papers related to the main theme of the conference. Given the volume of the papers, IOTA’s publication plan will be finalized towards the end of 2019. Please consider writing and posting blogs about the…

Source: The New York Times By Andrew Higgins CHERNYTSYA, Ukraine — Ukraine is on the verge of opening the biggest schism in Christianity in centuries, as it breaks from the authority of a Moscow-based patriarch and this week expects to formally gain recognition for its own church, taking tens of millions of followers. Intensifying a millennium-old religious struggle freighted with 21st-century geopolitical baggage, Ukraine’s security services have in recent weeks interrogated priests loyal to Moscow, searched church properties and enraged their Russian rivals. “They just want to frighten us,” said the Rev. Vasily Nachev, one of more than a dozen priests…

Source: Kyiv Post By Toma Istomina. The Unification Council in Kyiv’s Saint Sophia Cathedral elected the head of the unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Dec. 15, the latest step on the path to Ukraine gaining its own national church. Epiphanius, Metropolitan of Pereyaslav and Bila Tserkva, born Serhii Dumenko, will head the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the council announced. Ukraine’s Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyshchuk announced the name of the new church leader on the evening of Dec. 15 from the stage on Sofiivska Square, where people had gathered to celebrate the event. Epiphanius then addressed the crowd on the square, calling the day a…

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