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Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra (+ May 9th, 2019) on the Lord’s Resurrection

Today, May 9th, 2019, Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra reposed in the Lord. He was a grace-filled preacher and spiritual guide to many throughout the world.  "Fr Aimilianos was born in 1934, and as a priest and theologian he attracted a following of like-minded men and women, some of whom later joined him in renewing one…

Bishop Maxim of SOC: Bartholomew took upon himself the cross of a historical decision

The Bishop of Western America Mr. Maxim Vasilevic, in his interview for Serbica Americana, on the occasion of celebrating Christ’s Nativity – Christmas, among the other things, comments on the 800 years- jubilee since the granting of autocephaly of the SOC, as well as on the new events and turmoil in the Orthodox world. This…

Hieromonk Lucas athonite gave the Patriarch the calligraphed parchment with the Tomos for Ukraine

Today, 4 th January 2019, His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Mr. Bartholomew welcomed in his patriarchal residence the reverent Hieromonk Mr. Lucas of Xenophontos. Father Lucas, the most famous Athonite painter and calligrapher, gave His All Holiness the parchment with a calligraphy of the Tomos for the autocephalous Church in Ukraine, hand written by…

Iraq officially makes Christmas Day a national holiday

The Iraqi Cabinet approved a law to mark Christmas Day, December 25, as an official holiday across the country "on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ," according to a statement released by the Iraqi government. https://twitter.com/IraqiGovt/status/1077213857586782208 The Cabinet voted on an amendment to the national holidays law in the country that Christmas Day…

Metropolis of Piraeus distributes 7,500 Christmas “parcels of love”

Photo: romfea.gr Thousands in need have found assistance again this year through the multifaceted social and charitable work of the Metropolis of Piraeus of the Greek Orthodox Church, reports Romfea. His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus distributed 7,500 “parcels of love,” as they call them, to those struggling to cope with their daily difficulties, with food…

Byzantine Monuments To Be Protected by New Global Charter

An agreement called “The Charter for the Protection of the Byzantine Heritage Monuments” was unanimously ratified this weekend after a three-day meeting held in the city of Thessaloniki, Greek Reporter reports. Representatives from twenty-one countries agreed on a framework of principles for the protection of Byzantine heritage for all areas comprising the former Byzantine Empire.…