Petros Sasaki: a master from Japan settled in Finland

RIISA, the Museum of the Finnish Orthodox Church in Kuopio, has organized an exhibition on the painter and iconography teacher Petros Sasaki, who succeeded in renewing the Orthodox iconography in this country.

Petros Sasaki was a Japanese Orthodox born in 1939 in Ōdate, a town located in the northern part of Honshu Island. After graduating from high school in 1958, he entered the Orthodox Seminary in Tokyo in 1961. In 1964, he left to study art in Athens, where he remained until 1967. There, he met a Finnish student Johannes Seppälä (1944-2017), and they became friends. Johannes Seppälä is particularly known for the large number of his translations of Greek texts into Finnish. He was ordained a deacon in 1967 and a priest in Greece in June 1972. The Finn spoke of his friend to the then head of the Finnish Orthodox Church, Archbishop Paul (Olmari – 1914-1988). The latter encouraged the young Japanese to come to Finland to develop iconography there.

17th Century St. Stephanos Church Re-Opens in Hochants Village after Renovation

17th Century St. Stephanos Church Re-Opens in Hochants Village after Renovation
17th Century St. Stephanos Church Re-Opens in Hochants Village after Renovation
17th Century St. Stephanos Church Re-Opens in Hochants Village after Renovation
17th Century St. Stephanos Church Re-Opens in Hochants Village after Renovation

Tufenkian Charitable Foundation, Artsakh’s Ministry of Culture, Youth and Tourism and Armenian Apostolic Church recently completed the restoration of Saint Stepanos church in the village of Hochants in liberated Kashatagh region.

Dean and Armenian Orthodox Seminarians Attacked by Extremist Jews in Jerusalem

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, a group of Armenian Seminarians and the dean of the Seminary were attacked by three extremist Jews and their dog.

On that day in the afternoon a group of 20 students of the Armenian Theological Seminary, accompanied by the dean of the Seminary, left the Armenian Theological Seminary for the weekly procession in the Holy Sepulcher.

Fifteen Assyrian Children Kidnapped By Kurdish Affiliated Militia in Syria

According to a report on Assyria TV, an internet Assyrian channel based in Stockholm, 15 Assyrian girls and boys have been abduction by members of the Syriac Military Council (MFS). MFS is a militia tied to the Syriac Union Party, which in turn is part of a secretive Assyrian political group known as the Dawronoye, (ܕܲܘܪܵܢܵܝܹܐ), who emerged with the help of the Kurdish PKK party in the late 1980s in southeast Turkey. The Dawronoye are close allies of the PYD, the Kurdish party in control of large parts of northeastern Syria.

Serbian Patriarch and Patriarchs of Antioch Call for Pan-Orthodox Unity

Serbian Patriarch and Patriarchs of Antioch Call for Pan-Orthodox Unity
Serbian Patriarch and Patriarchs of Antioch Call for Pan-Orthodox Unity
Serbian Patriarch and Patriarchs of Antioch Call for Pan-Orthodox Unity
Serbian Patriarch and Patriarchs of Antioch Call for Pan-Orthodox Unity

His Holiness Irinej – Patriarch of Serbia met His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church and His Beatitude John X – Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch at the St. Georges Patriarchal Cathedral on 2nd June 2019.