The Georgian Orthodox Church has come out with a statement about attempts to use the Church in political games, emphasizing that it is expecting a new wave of attacks from those who cannot accept the authority and popularity of the Church and of His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II and their traditional stances.
Today marks the tenth anniversary of the peaceful repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla), the former First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), who labored many decades in the Lord’s vineyard.
A cross procession in memory of the murder of the Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas II and his family began in the northwestern Russian city of Pskov today. The procession will wind its way through various Russian cities and holy sites, arriving in Ekaterinburg to celebrate the centenary of the family’s martyrdom, which took place on July 4/17, 1918.
Meeting on the territory of the Kiev Caves Lavra yesterday, the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has addressed the issue of criminal proceedings that have been launched against a canonical priest of the Church, Fr. Evgeny Molchanov.
The Sacred Community of holy Mt. Athos has declared its stance against the large-scale practice in recent years of creating exact copies of the many wonderworking icons that are treasured on the semi-autonomous monastic republic which are then “enthroned” in various dioceses and parishes.
On Wednesday, March 7, representatives of Dimitry Korchinsky’s radical youth organization “Brotherhood” held an illicit “moleben” in the Dormition Cathedral of the Kiev Caves Lavra, which they dubbed the beginning of the seizure of the monastery.
The Council of Bishops of the Finnish Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate recently expressed its official opinion on the civil initiative to legalize euthanasia, at the request of the Parliamentary Committee on Social and Health Issues.