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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity New York – On Monday, March 9, 2020, following approval of the Mother Church of Constantinople last November after the request of the Holy Eparchial Synod, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, announced the creation of the Vicariate for the Orthodox Christian Communities of Slavic Tradition. The new Vicariate will report directly to Archbishop Elpidophoros and at the beginning includes hundreds of faithful belonging to the following three Orthodox communities: Saint Matrona of Moscow Cathedral of Miami, Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Monastery in North Fort…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – On March 8, 2020, eleven Orthodox hierarchs from various canonical jurisdictions concelebrated the Divine Liturgy on the first Sunday of Lent, also known as the “Sunday of Orthodoxy,” at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, in New York City. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided over the Divine Liturgy. He was joined by: His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North, Central and South America;  His Grace Bishop Saba of the Georgian Apostolic Orthodox Church in North America; His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta; His Eminence Metropolitan Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, NY – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the Most Reverend Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, have issued guidelines to the Clergy and Laity of the Archdiocese to face the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Covid-19, that has spread throughout the world. Recognizing that this outbreak impacts not only on the most vulnerable members of the community, but upon all people, the Archbishop and the Eparchial Synod have issued an Encyclical (www.goarch.org/-/encyclical-covid-19-pandemic) containing guidelines (www.goarch.org/-/directives-covid-19) to the Clergy on how a Parish can best…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity On March 1, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia (celebrating his 45th anniversary as a bishop, 10th anniversary as primate, and 60th anniversary as a monk), Bishop Irinej of Eastern USA, and Bishop Jovan of Šumadija concelebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and the Slava of St Sava at St Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church, Miami FL.  It was a joyful and festive celebration attended by hundreds, mostly Millenials and young families.   A luncheon followed the services and included folk dancers, songs, poems and classical music. OCL Executive Director George Matsoukas attended the celebration joined by Advisory…

Source: Pravmir To counter the threat of divisions, it is necessary to begin a pan-Orthodox discussion of the accumulated problems. The loss of a common understanding of the structure of the Church and the nature of primacy in it are the main causes of the modern crisis in Orthodoxy. This opinion was expressed by His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, at a meeting of primates and delegations of the six Local Orthodox Churches, held in the capital of Jordan, Amman, on February 26, 2020, Patriarchia.ru reports. As His Holiness Kirill noted, today the Orthodox Church faces the threat…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA ENGLEWOOD, NJ – On Thursday, February 27, 2020, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened at the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America to discuss the 2020 and 2021 budgets, ongoing projects, and the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the Assembly, to be held May 2-5 in Washington, DC. The upcoming anniversary will include a reception for clergy families in the DC area the evening of May 2nd, a hierarchical concelebration on Sunday, May 3rd, and a public event at a prominent…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Palm Beach, Florida – Archbishop Elpidophoros, the primate of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, caused a stir yesterday at the opening of the 29th annual Leadership 100 Conference at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund Incorporated is a corporation that supports the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the advancement of Orthodoxy and Hellenism. As multiple participants in the conference are reporting, in front of dozens of participants, Abp. Elpidophoros declared that anyone who was married in the Orthodox Church can receive Communion in the…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru and other sources Post-Conciliar News – Metropolitan Kallistos Reflects on Orthodox Council – OSV Newsweekly – Athonite Fathers Call for Rejection of Cretan Council and Cessation of Commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinope – Orthodox Ethos – Historic Orthodox Council Meets Despite Absence of Four Churches – AMERICA – The National Catholic Review -Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and Litoral did not sign controversial document at Crete -Interview with Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos on the Holy and Great Synod (video) -Metropolitan Jeremiah of Gortys: “When and where did the Holy Fathers call heresies and schisms ‘Churches?’” -Union of Orthodox Clergy…

Source: Orthodox Times The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected unanimously today three new assistant bishops to the Archdiocese of Canada at the request of Archbishop Sotirios of Canada. Archimandrite Dimitrios Antonopoulos was elected Bishop of Zinoupolis, Archbishop Nektarios Mostratos was elected Bishop of Keramos and Archimandrite Alexandros Salmas was elected Bishop of Patara.

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