Apostles of the 21st Century

On September 14 in the Central House of Journalists in Moscow, the exhibition entitled, “Apostles of the 21st Century” opened. This is the first exhibition here dedicated to modern foreign missions of the Orthodox Church. Visitors were able to see how Orthodoxy is spreading in such countries as the Philippines, Mongolia, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, and elsewhere. The photographs were accompanied by text with quotes from the stories of both the missionaries and the newly converted. The exposition includes modern missionary publications on Orthodoxy in various languages, and displays showing how Christianity … [Read more...]

St. Matron Sewing Center Festively Opened in Pakistan

The Divine Liturgy and opening ceremony for the St. Matrona Sewing Center in Sargodha, Pakistan were celebrated on October 29, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The St. Matrona Adult Education Center was founded in March 2016 as an outreach of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission to local poor women, reports the Archangel Michael Mission in Pakistan. The day’s celebrations were a moment of joy and success for the women of the St. Matrona Adult Education and Sewing Center. During the inauguration ceremony, Fr. Joseph Farooq extended heartfelt … [Read more...]

Patriarch Bartholomew Consecrates Restored Church in Constantinople Orthodox Cemetery

The consecration of the restored historic Church of the Transfiguration in the Sisli Orthodox cemetery in Constantinople was celebrated by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on October 22, reports Sedmitza. The first Divine Liturgy in the newly-consecrated church was then concelebrated by Pat. Bartholomew and fifteen other hierarchs. The service was attended by the Consul General of Greece in Constantinople and numerous clergy and faithful from Turkey and abroad. Ekirikas.com reports that His All-Holiness stated, with emotion, that the souls of thousands of the Greek people’s forefathers who rest in this land were rejoicing … [Read more...]

1,000-strong Mass Infant Baptism to be Celebrated in Bulgaria

1,000 infants will be united to the Body of Christ through the Sacrament of holy Baptism tomorrow in cities throughout Bulgaria, reports the site of the Bulgarian Patriarchate. The mass Baptism is part of the national campaign “Do It For Bulgaria,” in support of birthgiving, to help shift the tide of the nation’s rapidly declining birth rate. Bulgaria is currently experiencing the most extreme population decline in the world, due to a combination of post-communist emigration, high death rates, and low birth rates. Population statistics project a 30% decrease, from 7.2 million to just over 5 million, by 2060, reports The Washington Post. The … [Read more...]