International Youth Day

An initiative by the United Nations, the International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 every year. First observed on August 12, 2000, the day marks an awareness day and draws attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. As mentioned by the UN, there are around 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world currently and paying a special attention to these youths is the need of the hour. Therefore, in order to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth, the International Youth Day is celebrated. 

Evangelical Lutheran Archbishop of Finland and Leo of Finland at the Phanar

Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland, who is the head of the Finnish Orthodox Church, and Archbishop Tapio Luoma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on Tuesday, August 13, at the Phanar, during a pilgrimage visit at the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Constantinople.  During their meeting, attended by associates of the two Archbishops, issues related to inter-Christian dialogue and cooperation in Finland, as well as the course of relations between Orthodox and Evangelical Lutherans in general, were discussed.

Monastery in Evia evacuated due to fire break out

Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Chalkis spoke to OPEN TV station about the evacuation of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Makrymallis due to the big fire in the area of Agrilitsa, between Kontodespoti and Makrymalli villages.  The Metropolitan said that the fire was reported at around 3.30 am, that the monks are safe and that the Monastery is not currently in danger. “The Monastery has been evacuated for precautionary reasons. There are three Monks there who notified us at dawn, around 3.30 am to 4am”, explained Metropolitan of Chalkis.

Joint Statement by the Leaders of the Christian Churches in Damascus

A joint statement was issued today, Monday, August 12, after the meeting of the Leaders of the Christian Churches in Damascus.

In particular, Patriarch John X of Antioch, the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Ignatius Aphrem II, and the Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church of Antioch, Youssef Absi, met at the Monastery of Saint Ephraim the Syrian, in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, Mario Zenari.

Statement in relation to the properties of Jaffa GateATE

The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem views the attempts of the radical organization, Ateret Cohanim, to seize church properties located in Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate and al-Mu’athamiyah, as a strike to the indigenous Christian presence in the Holly City. The Patriarchate affirms that changing the Status Quo in the Old City of Jerusalem, especially in Jaffa Gate; being the main entrance to the various Patriarchates and to the pilgrim route to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,  threatens the continuous hundreds-of-years old mosaic and balance that shores the good relations between Jerusalemites of different faiths.