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Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate In a January 14, 2019 letter to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and all Albania called for a pan-Orthodox Council to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. His All-Holiness’ response, detailing the duties, responsibilities and rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, follows below. Protocol Number 104 Your Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and all Albania, most beloved and precious brother, concelebrant in Christ our God of our Modesty: We address Your venerable Beatitude with exceeding delight, even as we greet you with a fraternal embrace. We received and thoroughly examined your fraternal…

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists by Konstantin Shemliuk What is behind the concern of US officials about the rights of the Orthodox? At the Athens conference on disinformation and news manipulation held on March 5, the ex-US Ambassador to Ukraine and now the Ambassador to Greece Jeffrey Payette made a strong statement about Russia’s efforts to undermine the authority of Patriarch Bartholomew: ”We’ve seen evidence of this kind of manipulation of information in Greece. We’ve seen Russian efforts in the Church, the efforts to undermine the role of the Ecumenical Patriarch.” He particularly stressed that “the purpose of this event tonight is to…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Tirana, March 8, 2019 incarnatewordsistershouston.org The Holy Synod of the Albanian Orthodox Church has not recognized the Ukrainian schismatic church, calling their ordinations graceless and calling instead for a Synaxis of the primates of the Orthodox Churches, given that Constantinople has failed to achieve unity in Ukraine. The Holy Synod of the Albanian Church adopted its decision on January 4 and expressed it in a letter sent to Patriarch Bartholomew on January 14. The letter was published today on the Albanian Church’s site. In particular, the Albanian bishops expressed their concern about the recognition by the Patriarch of Constantinople…

Source: Orthodox Church in America “Fast Questions and Fast Answers About American Orthodox Christian Monasteries” is the third essay in a series of mini-reports highlighting Orthodox Church life in America. Released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, the essay is now available in PDF format online. “Not many people realize that there are 80 Orthodox Christian monasteries in the USA which represent great variety of ethnic and liturgical traditions,” said author Alexei Krindatch, the Assembly’s Research Coordinator. “In fact, America is, probably, the only place in the world where—within the same country—one can visit Greek, Russian, Romanian,…

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…

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